5 Ways to Accessorize your School Uniform for Spring 2014

I live in a town with three private schools and all wear uniforms so I’m very familiar with the conveniences and struggles of the uniform. Now the school uniform is a classic look (just ask Britney) but it is hard to maintain your individuality when you look is so, well, uniform. I’ve put together the best tween accessories for Spring 2014 so you can keep your sense of personal style unique and updated.

1. The all important HANDBAG:

The best part of the Flying Buttress handbag system is that you don’t need to spend much to update your handbag. There are several trendy options from which to pick your favorite:

TREND: Stripes

PANEL: Liz

Liz - multi-color striped handbag

Liz – multi-color striped handbag

TREND: Polka-dots

Panel: Dottie (in pink with white polka-dots and brown with multi-color polka-dots)

Booie Bag with Dottie Panel

Booie Bag with Dottie Panel

TREND: Sequins

PANEL: Kimberley (in black, red and magenta)

Kimberley on the girls Birdie Bag

Kimberley on the Birdie Bag

Reina

Booie Bag and Reina Panel

Booie Bag and Reina Panel

Emily

Tommie Tote with Emily panels

Tommie Tote with Emily panels

Julie

Yummie Lunch Bag with Julie panels

Yummie Lunch Bag with Julie panels

Suzette

Techie iPad sleeve with Suzette panel

Techie iPad sleeve with Suzette panel

TREND: Bejeweled ruffles

PANEL: Lily (in yellow, white and teal)

Birdie bag with Lily panel in Turquoise

Birdie bag with Lily panel in Turquoise

TREND: Metallics

PANEL: Trixie (in gold and silver)

Techie iPad Sleeve closed with the Trixie panel in silver

Techie iPad Sleeve closed with the Trixie panel in silver

TREND: Camouflage

PANEL: Jane

Techie iPad Sleeve with Jane Panel

Techie iPad Sleeve with Jane Panel

2. Headscarves or headbands:

Headwear is big this spring but not just in hats! You will see lots of retro headscarves, gingham headbands and floral headbands. As for hats, camouflage is big and straw hats will be seen.

3. Shoes:

Shoes styles will be tennis shoes (think Converse – printed and laceless); Mary Janes, sandals in ankle strap and lace-up (especially metallic!); ballet flats in floral and eyelet materials; white boots; pointed toe; and flatforms.

4. Jewelry:

Metallic fruit pendants, bangles and handmade jewelry of all kinds.

5. Scarves:

Lace for early Spring and neon for late Spring.

* Note: not all accessories in the list will be acceptable in all schools. When in doubt, make sure you understand the dress code before wearing something!

Girl’s Fall 2013 Trends

The children’s trends this fall are so much fun! Think color, contrast and fun textures.

The overall trends can be described as Prep School Chic or Geek Chic; active wear for girls and avoid being ‘matchy matchy’.

Some key pieces are colored skinny jeans; jeggings and leggings with a fun print; skirts in check, plaid and bold colors paired with crisp collared shirts or a polka-dot blazer.

The color palette is  berry pinks and reds, purples, greens (think emerald), turquoise, metallic silver and gold paired back to black. The neutral of the season is beige or nude.

There are fun fabrics: space age surfaces, quilting, leather alternatives and chunky knits. Faux fur is another fabric that is sticking around this fall, albeit shaggier and in colors other than the normal sweet and pale palette usually seen in children’s wear. A fun aspect is that these rich fabrics are being worn with casual basics.

As for prints, you will see animal prints and updated versions of camo, skulls and nautical prints in unique color palettes.

How are we interpreting the trends? Flying Buttress is showing the Prep School Chic trend with handbags sporting our Avery panel or Dottie panel:

Prep School Chic - Children's Trends for Fall 2013

Tommie Tote with Avery Panel – Prep School Chic – Children’s Trends for Fall 2013

Booie Bag with Dottie Panel - Prep School Chic - Children's Fall 2013 Trend

Booie Bag with Dottie Panel – Prep School Chic – Children’s Fall 2013 Trend

The perfect panel to snap onto your Flying Buttress bag to have fun with the metallic trend is the Trixie! In gold and silver, it will look great all season.

Girl's Birdie Bag with Gold Trixie snapped on - love interchangeable handbags

Girls’ Birdie Bag with Gold Trixie

Techie iPad Sleeve closed with the Trixie panel in silver

Techie iPad Sleeve closed with the Trixie panel in silver

The gray snakeskin Eve panel snapped onto your handbag will give you the leather look and animal print theme in one chic bag. Or get wild with the ever popular cheetah print Ali panel!

Tommie Tote with Ali panel - animal print is trendy for Fall 2013

Tommie Tote with Ali panel

We have several updated skull prints that will turn everyone’s heads. And our camouflage print can’t be beat.

Booie Bag and Jackie Panel - updated skull print - children's fall 2013 trend

Booie Bag and Jackie Panel

Cita panel - updated skull print - Fall 2013 Children's trend

Cita panel

Jane panel takes on the updated camo print

Fun updated camo print from Flying Buttress

We have always loved faux fur at Flying Buttress so there are several options from which to choose to get into that trend. The shaggy Harriette comes in orange, purple and turquoise.

Yummie Lunch Bag with Purple Harriette - Shaggy Faux Fur trend in Children's Fall 2013 Trends

Yummie Lunch Bag with the Harriette panel in purple snapped on.

Birdie Bag with turquoise Harriette - Fur trends in Children's Fall 2013

The Birdie Bag with the Turquoise Harriette snapped on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Janelle panel is an awesome blend of black faux fur with metallic silver painted on. THE MUST HAVE PANEL FOR FALL 2013!

Janelle panel for your Flying Buttress bag - the MUST HAVE panel for Fall 2013

Janelle panels shown on the Tommie Tote

One more thing to note: Clear backpacks and handbags are also popping up everywhere. Now everyone can see how cute your iPad sleeve is, even when you are just carrying it around!

Techie Sleeve with Brown/Beige Faux Fur Rosie panel

Techie iPad Sleeve with Brown/Beige Faux Fur Rosie panel

Mixing it up

Avery

Avery panel for Flying Buttress Girls’ Bags

Zoe Panel

Zoe Panel for Flying Buttress Girls’ Bags

Mona Lisa Fuchsia

Fuchsia Mona Lisa panel for Flying Buttress Girls’ Bags

One of my favorite trends this Spring is to ‘mix-it-up’ and pair different patterns together. Here are a few different panels that look great together when put onto a Booie Bag or a Tommie Tote.

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