Be original, be Rachel Green, for back-to-school


If you’re original, you’re in style this back to school season, according to retailers Target and Macy’s.

And if you’ve turned Rachel Green into your new style icon, thumb’s up for you as well.

A press release from Target ( reported that the on-trend look for fall is all about showcasing originality and spunk, according to stylist to the stars, Karla Birbragher.

“The first thing to consider about any back-to-school outfit is comfort,” said Birbragher, according to Target. “The second is to keep in mind that the classrooms may be cold. The best dressing option is to layer, like I did with the jean jackets, which is a hot trend for both boys and girls. Kids can always take off the jacket and wrap it around their waist—hey, the ‘90s are back.”

A press release from Macy’s ( about back-to-school fashion trends reported, “Black and white makes a huge comeback, offering students of all ages, from young kids to college-bound, a cool and modern approach to no-stress dressing. Girls and boys can both rock this trend while incorporating their personal style with graphic t-shirts, athleisure, chunky sole sneakers, belt bags or backpacks and letterman-style jackets.”

“For young ladies,” Target said, “this school year is all about adding an unexpected edge to classic pieces. Embellished jeans are paired with moto lug sole boots and cool bags in shades of red, sure to add spunk to any outfit. Sweatshirts and jackets are given an update this fall with ruffle, lace and grommet details. And for the hair, scrunchies and hairbands are all the rage.”

Reuters is reporting the 1990s definitely are big trends this season, according to retailers American Eagle ( and Urban Outfitters ( As noted above, Reuters is reporting chunky shoes are flying out the door. Additionally, the Reuters story says the ‘90s-era television show, “Friends,” is influencing what is trending for back to school as well. The character “Rachel Green,” played by Jennifer Aniston, has turned out to be a big influence for teens in 2018.

PHOTOS by MIKE CHAIKEN. Shot on location at the University of Hartford.

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