Written &  Styled by Tracey James

Models: Carlisle Barranco, Annie Getty, Margaret Ann Green, Cece Ferguson & Kate Fitzpatrick

Photographed at Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest

With summer passing us by, it’s now it’s time to get your kids, tweens and teens style-ready for the new school year. This year’s assignment? Keep it local! Chic options abound for clothing trend-savvy students.

Pictured at Top: The new bohemian look includes familiar earthy tones but offers a more tailored silhouette. On Margaret Ann (left): THML embroidered top, Kut from the Cloth jacket and earrings from Mia Moda. Tricot distressed jean from Serendipity. On Carlisle: Jack by BB Dakota suede dress, Kut from the Cloth jean jacket and Dolce Vita snakeskin slides, all from Mia Moda.  

Be on the lookout for both scrunchies and smocking this fall! Vic & Lou clear backpack from Monograms Plus. On Cece: Entro smocked skirt and Erge navy tee from Gigi’s Tween.

Mover over skinny jeans, figure-flattering flares are here to stay. Pair with a cropped top to keep proportions right. On Carlisle: McGuire floral top, Level 99 flare jeans and earrings. All from Ryan Reeve.


Red, white and blue are always classic color choices. On Annie (left): Luigi apple tee and red pant from The Lili Pad. On Cece (right): Timing peasant top and Tractor chambray jogger from Gigi’s Tween.

Who says you can’t wear white after Labor Day? Yawn. That rule is so 20 years ago. On Margaret Ann: Mahila floral top, bracelet and earrings from Serendipity & Kut from the Cloth white jeans from Mia Moda.

Think pink—the hue, in all of its various shades, is perfect for fall transition. On Cece (left): Hayden Girls top, DL1961 racing stripe jean. On Kate (right): Kiddo by Katie top, DL1961 jean. All from Gigi’s Tween.


Don’t forget the print! Solid city is BOR-RING. From stripes to animal prints, there’s a pattern for everyone. On Margaret Ann (left): Everly top and Sage the Label striped skirt from Mia Moda. On Carlisle (right): She & Sky white top and leopard kimono, MAC black studded jeans, Musee & Cloud “Danna” shoes and jewelry, all from Ryan Reeve.

Dresses offer easy one-piece outfitting, aka stress-free mornings. On Annie: WL Monsoon bird dress from Gigi’s Tween, Mint seersucker lunchbox from Monograms Plus.

Ivory is a great grounding neutral for fall, warmer (and less prone to show dirt) than white. On Annie (left): Petite Mieux block-print dress from The Lili Pad. On Carlisle (center): Free People wrap top and cream miniskirt from Mia Moda. On Kate (right): Hayden Girls leopard dress and bracelets from Gigi’s Tween.

Meet the Stylist

Wardrobe stylist Tracy James of ChicMadeSimple has served the style needs of clients for over 18 years. She has a particular passion for working with kids, tweens and teens, including preparing girls for college sorority recruitment. Learn more about Tracy at chicmadesimple.com. Follow her on Instagram and/or Facebook at ChicMadeSimple for style tips, tricks and recommendations.