The start of the fall doesn’t have to be just about school supplies, class schedules, and move-in days. A new school year means bringing out the best in you with a unique look and style that’s all your own. If you’re ready to take on the back-to-school makeover, here’s how to get started.
Start at the Top
2017 is the year of the sleek ponytail for the ladies. Instead of the high buns that have been all the rage in the past, these ponytails are low to the back of the head and pulled back tightly. Use small strands of hair to frame the face with a strong center part. It’s an easy look to master.
For guys, high fades are the way to go. This look elongates the face and shows off your cheekbones. If you’re going daring and have the volume in your natural hair, get a loose pompadour ala old school David Beckham.
Experiment with Hair Color
Guys can get a nice boost with color hair. Kanye really started the trend with going blonde, but if you’re not that adventurous, consider adding natural colored highlights or making your fade ombre from ear to tip.
And while color has been huge with girls, there is a push to redo all of it for fall 2017. Instead of rainbows, think black and white. Start the school year off with black lowlights or white or gray full-color. With both, you’ll want to avoid the box and splurge on an expert. It’ll take a lot of work to achieve the totally gray or white that’s huge right now, but it will look killer when you head back to school.
Concentrate on the Face
Keeping your skin in tip-top shape is vital to building a new, sleeker look. Guys often neglect what their cheeks and forehead look like, but it’s important to put some time into it. At the bare minimum, invest in a high-quality acne treatment if you’re still breaking out. Then, build an exfoliating habit. Finally, regularly moisturize at night and in the morning, especially in the fall when the season is dry.
When it comes to ladies, all the above is true, but a new makeup look goes miles in creating your new school year style. If you’re not confident with makeup, don’t trust a YouTube video to teach you how to do it. You’ll want skin matching advice from experts. Stores like Ulta or Sephora are where you should start to find makeup that matches your face type and coloring. Seek out a makeup artist that has a look you like so you are confident they are going to help you find a style that’s both easy to do and gives your face a change.
Redo the Wardrobe
It’s the clothes that make the man, and you’re going to want to start college off with updated shirts, pants, and suits. Texture, like quilting, is big in relaxed menswear, especially with jackets and sweaters. Luckily for college guys, track pants and track pant styles are in, making it easy to build a comfortable wardrobe. Looser fitting pants and suit pieces are also coming back, so you can put aside skinny for now.
Loose and relaxed is back for college girls too. Skip fitted and go for more draping styles. DIY patches and cut-outs in jeans. Do crop top sweaters instead of t-shirts or tanks, and build a good activewear collection. Top it off with wide-brimmed hats and round shaped sunglasses. Chunky heels in neutral colors are great for dressing up, and you should have at least one unique or billowing sleeved dress in your dorm room closet.