Five Seconds to a First Impression
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By Courtney Tran
Kaitlin Wong—aspiring model, Tumblr devotee, and Miramonte senior—overturns
a heaping pile of clothing strewn across her bed.Phone in hand, she rummages through the mess, hunting for
the green shirt she bought during her back-to-school shopping spree.
You guessed it—the tardy bell rings in three days. Kaitlin needs an outfit.
"My color this year is green. I'm moving away from black. There's been too much in past years…but I don't care about
Lamorinda style," she admits. "It's pretty classic and doesn't really
change. Even when there's fads, we
stay classic-preppy, with a bit of slouch."
Lamorinda middle and high school students are gearing up for school with
new pencils, notebooks, and—of course—clothes. The girls, that is. Most boys, in the words of one anonymous Moraga junior, "don't give a
flying naked mole rat what we wear, if it fits. Decently."
Though this fall's wardrobe remains remarkably consistent with that of
the 2010-11 school year (short shorts for girls, cargo shorts for guys, and
graphic tees and jeans for everybody), skinny jeans in particular are gaining
momentum, edging wide-cut jeans out of the mainstream fashion scene. Many teenage girls are carrying
their summer sundresses and floral skirts into their fall wardrobe: "I'm
wearing as many dresses as I can to school until it's cold," says one
Campolindo sophomore. "Dresses and
skirts are a chance to be girly, playful—and they're best in this weather."
Inspired by celebrities like Taylor Swift and Vanessa Hudgens, many opt
for bohemian styles. "I really
love the boho chic look," says Miramonte's Lisa Chang. "I love when people wear long flowy
dresses with a cropped T-shirt. It
elongates their figure and makes them look elegant."
Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters boast moderate prices, up-to-date
styles, and soaring popularity among Lamorinda teens. McCaulou's and TJ Maxx are consistently named as go-to's for
affordable, nearby options. "Brand
stores are my thing. But I shop
anywhere it's cheap," says sophomore Alexandra Chavez.
Some teens, however, take their clothing into their own hands.
"I don't really make my own
stuff. Little things. I've recolored shoelaces," says OIS
student Ryan Tran. "I've also
bleached a jacket. That's usually
"I'm gonna start making clothes again," declares Alexandra. "It's something I love to do. Gets me through the day—if something's on my mind, I can just style
something up. Great thing is,
styling's easy. It's not just my thing—it can be anyone's,
Triumphantly retrieving the green shirt
from behind a backpack, Kaitlin echoes this sentiment. "Style lets you express yourself. Like music. Art. After all, you've only got five seconds to make a first
Miramonte senior Courtney
Tran enjoys good music and chocolate, has never drunk a can of soda, and likes
seeing life as a mildly feminist fairytale.
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