10 Back to School Fashion Tips for 2012


Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize

Flip through the pages of Teen Vogue, Seventeen or InStyle, and there'll be advice on finding a knock-off of Blake Lively's purse or Kim Kardashian's earrings. Because though you might have the outfit, you still need the accessories!

Now, unlike the tabloid stars, your classmates probably aren't sporting Birkin bags or Harry Winston jewels, but in 2012, what will they be wearing?

  • Bangle bracelets, cuffs and chunky silver and gold bracelets are all the rage. Pile them on so that people can hear you coming. Whether it's a slim gold bangle or a textured, silver cuff, wristwear is in style this year.
  • Big Brooches: Channel your inner Blair (from the CW's "Gossip Girl") and add a big shiny brooch to your sweater. (Floral is a great brooch approach.) You can also add a smaller one to a black sweater or jacket, or pin on several, as long as they're concentrated in one area of your outfit.
  • Woven handbags of wicker and raffia are all the rage at design houses like Givenchy, Proenza Schouler and Emilio Pucci. Large roomy shoulder bags and brightly colored clutches are also popular.