Turn the hallway into a runway

By Morgan Harding | Weekender Correspondent

August 26, 2014

School uniforms are the ultimate style damper but, with several fall trends and some creativity, a uniform can follow the rules and be chic.

Kristen VanScoy, daughter of Sally VanScoy – owner of Showroom 56, identified some trends every high schooler should know. She said picking out trendy pieces but keeping them young and playful will help students jazz up their uniforms.

Shine School

Bauble necklaces and bedazzled bibs are the easiest way to add personality to a uniform while keeping the uniform’s modesty in check. Showroom 56 carries a variety of these statement-making neckpieces in a wide range of colors. “Pulling out a school color to pop against a uniform is a great way to punch up the look,” Kristen said.

When wearing statement necklaces with uniforms students can go in one of two directions. They can wear the piece close to the neck so it appears like a sparkly collar or they can chose larger pieces and layer them with longer beads or chains.

Arm Party

Layered bracelets make a big impact with little effort. What’s great about bracelets is that it doesn’t matter if students prefer to stack chunky bangles, watches, gemmed cuffs or wrap strands – the impact is the same.

On The Fringe

It may be a side effect of Coachella’s rise in pop culture but fringe details are everywhere this fall. Sometimes these frequently suede details appear on a stylish yet functional cross-body bag. Other times the detail shows up on the heel of a uniform approved bootie.

Buying fringed pieces in neutral tones allows them to have extra wearability throughout the year.

Outerwear That Makes The Grade

“If you have to wear a uniform, why not let what you wear to school make the statement and show your personality,” Kristen said. There are many outerwear options that can help show personality and style.

Chunky knitted scarves and slim knit beanies are great pieces. Not only will they keep students warm but they are equally popular on the street style scenes of major cities like New York and on runways of high-end brands.

Texture is an important trend this season. Students can sample this style by wearing a sweater coat. Soft and supple fabrics like mohair, angora and alpaca are often used to create plush confections, which serve as great fall jackets. Belt a sweater coat to highlight the waist.

School Spirit

Most schools do not allow students to wear hats, but finding a statement-making headband in a color that compliments the school colors is a fun way to make a uniform unique.

Another easy addition to change-up a basic uniform is adding a knitted legging, for warmth and style.

All of these trends and more are currently available at Showroom 56, United Penn Plaza, Kingston.

Morgan Harding is a recent graduate of Misericordia University where she studied communications. For the past four years she has been the blogger behind fashion site Cashmere & Cowboy Boots as well as a brand ambassador for several New York based brands. Her fashion column “Beyond Thread” appears weekly in “The Times Leader”. She can be reached at