Parent Pro Tips: Back-to-School Shopping for Teen Girls

Help your teen go back to class in style with these tips from pro athlete stylist Calyann Barnett.

Keeping up with the latest trends and styles can be tough during back-to-school season. But by keeping up with top brands like Champion, adidas, Nike, Under Armour, DSG, Patagonia, Vans and The North Face shopping is made easy.

Before you start shopping for the new school year, pro athlete stylist Calyann Barnett offers her tips on how to help your teen make a statement.

“Every day it’s my job to help the best athletes in the world find their look,” Barnett says. “I’m helping you and your team find their best look for back to school.”

Here are some of Barnett’s top tips for helping your teen find her signature style.

START FROM THE GROUND UP

When choosing an outfit, Barnett suggests that you start from the ground up. Shoes are the foundation to both a great outfit and a great wardrobe. While shoe shopping, Barnett suggests choosing a shoe with multiple colors.

“[I like to] look for a shoe that has the most amount of colors so you can get the most amount of usage out of it,” she says.

OUR PICKS
  1. Nike Women’s Air Max 270 React
  2. adidas Women’s Ultraboost 19
  3. Vans Women’s Old Skool

BUY PIECES, NOT OUTFITS

To keep your teen’s wardrobe fresh, you want to look for items that are versatile and can fit into different looks. Barnett says buying full outfits can limit the amount of wear an item can get.

“You want to make sure they can mix and match,” she says.

OUR PICKS
  1. The North Face Women’s Utility Hybrid Hiker Tights
  2. Nike Air Women’s Running Tank Top
  3. adidas Originals Women’s Vocal Rouged T-shirt

PLAY WITH COLOR

Color is a great way to have fun with clothes. Pieces that have strong accents or pops of color are a great addition to any wardrobe.

Barnett also says that when wearing dark colors it’s okay to lighten up the look with some pastels.

OUR PICKS
  1. Nike Women’s Sportswear Windrunner Cargo Jacket
  2. adidas Originals Women’s Bellista Crop T-Shirt
  3. Champion Women’s Cropped Cut-Off Crew Top

LOOK FOR FOUNDATIONAL PIECES

Foundational pieces, like a white tank top, are important to build any wardrobe from.

“When you’re mixing a lot of different colors, you want something that’s going to ground the whole look,” Barnett says.

In addition to neutral pieces, look for basics like sweatshirts. If your teen loves a particular piece, don’t be afraid to buy it in multiple colors.

OUR PICKS
  1. Nike Women’s Sportswear Essential Fleece Crew
  2. Champion Women’s Power Cotton Bike Shorts
  3. DSG Women’s Fleece Jogger Pants

Need more back-to-school style tips? Check out Barnett’s advice on shopping for your teen boy as well as more looks we love.