A study guide for back-to-school style

Sunday, August 22, 2004

When it comes to fashion trends, the class of 2004 is an eclectic mix.

Cotton Incorporated, a marketing and research organization for the U.S. cotton industry, offers this primer on making the most of mixing and matching:

  • Layer color, pattern and texture together for an individual look.

  • Create your own customized T-shirts.

  • Jazz up denim with interesting washes, finishes and embellishments.

  • Pair classic cotton shirtings with chunky cableknits.

  • Use surf, scout and sport-inspired colors and silhouettes for an outdoorsy look.

  • Wear cargo pants -- with full pockets -- to the mall and leave bags and purses at home.

  • Add interest with three-dimensional elements, graphic prints, contrast stitching, embroidery and trims.

  • Embrace vintage-inspired cropped blazers and feminine dresses.

  • Reintroduce delicate lace, floral motifs and sepia tones into a modern wardrobe.

  • Create a little romance with capes, shawls, ribbons and bows.

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