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College fall fashion goes back to basics

This fall go back to school in style with our college back-to-school guide to fashion. (Source: Read's Clothing Project) This fall go back to school in style with our college back-to-school guide to fashion. (Source: Read's Clothing Project)

MONTGOMERY, AL (RNN) - This fall, college fashion will be all about a return to classic Americana.

"Everything is going to come back to the all-American style - simple and elegant," said Jon Terbell, marketing director of the popular men's line Jack Robie.

Read Wall, founder of independent label R.C.P. also predicted a homecoming of the classics, saying college students will embody the Ivy League look, bringing a style with a preppy, vintage authenticity to the forefront.

Fashion do's and don'ts for college women

For some no-nonsense advice for college women, the Raycom News Network sought the advice of two women who know a thing or two about fashion - the manager of a popular boutique and one extra-fashionable college student.

Both said women looking for the perfect way to plan an outfit should think small when it comes to accessories.

"Find one piece you like per outfit, and coordinate around that," said Melanie Hanback, who runs the Pink Pelican Boutique.

Lauren Felter, a mass communication major at Louisiana State University, said even the simplest top or dress can be jazzed up with a long or bold necklace.

The trick is to quit investing in multiple pieces that aren't made well, even though they may be cheaper.

And the same goes for the bigger items in your wardrobe.

"Spend the money on some well-made pieces," Hanback said. "They will hold up longer than one season."

The two women said a modest approach is a fashionable one.

Felter warns against wearing sheer or semi-transparent legging as pants.

"Get thicker ones that can't be seen through, and will be more durable," she said.

Felter said that skinny pants will begin to be replaced by wide leg pants and high-waisted bottoms, reflecting a throwback theme.

And Hanback cautioned against pieces with extremely short hem lines.

"Remember to keep modesty in mind when dressing," she said.

If you keep these tips in mind, you're well on your way to planning a successful college outfit.

Along with the flashback, college students should expect just enough color and fun to give these vintage looks a lift.

As an example of this style, Terbell said to expect many students wearing ties as belts, as well as layered clothing, which is a good way to look stylish while keeping warm as the weather changes.

[SLIDESHOW: College Fall Fashion Guide]

The Robie line will also debut many orange patterns, including burnt orange plaid, twill orange and gingham checks.

Women's fashion will be highlighted by printed sweaters, but also have some bolder pieces, including tops with geometric shapes.

Navy, emerald and dual tones are going to be the in colors for women, according to Stephanie Hanbock, manager of popular fashion boutique Pink Pelican.

The Raycom News Network has selected some of the brands sure to make you fit in with the season's new trends.

The perfect men's shirt: Jack Robie

The motivation behind the Jack Robie line is the unique and versatile tailor fit of its classic button-down shirts, which provides them with a modern, irreverent twist.

"We wanted to make a shirt that was slim fitting though the torso, but also add room in the shoulders so they fit great with a suit jacket," Terbell said.

The inspiration is perfectly encapsulated in the label's name, which pays homage to Cary Grant's dapper character in the Alfred Hitchock thriller, To Catch a Thief.

The button-downs, which are cut short and preshrunk, can be worn tucked or un-tucked. No dry cleaning is necessary for these low-maintenance shirts, just a good wash and iron.

The masculine fabrics stand apart from larger manufacturers and also appeal to the opposite gender.

"You won't see another guy wearing one. You'll stand out in the crowd."

The luxury shirts, which retail from $95 to $125, may sound pricey, but Terbell insists that lower-priced dress shirts won't meet the quality a man is looking for.

"You will have the shirt for years and years – well past graduation," he said.

This fall, Terbell said his line will be color, experimenting with oranges, browns and blacks. Wide-collared shirts will also come off the assembly line.

The unspoken dress code for women: Lilly Pulitzer

At a ripe, young 21 years old, Lilly Pulitzer, eloped with her husband Peter to Palm Beach, FL.

Pulitzer opened a juice stand outside Peter's citrus groves, and began to wear colorfully-printed, sleeveless dresses to hide the stains the manual labor entailed.

The Lilly Pulitzer label was officially born in 1962, after Pulitzer's former classmate-turned first lady of the U.S. was photographed wearing one of her rule-breaking dresses on the cover of LIFE Magazine.

"Jackie wore one of my dresses - it was made from kitchen curtain material - and people went crazy. They took off like zingo. Everybody loved them, and I went into the dress business," Pulitzer writes in Essentially Lilly: A Guide to Colorful Entertaining.

The dresses soon became a staple among celebrities and socialites in the '60s, and is seeing a return to prominence today. It will be a must-have for the 2011 season.

"We got our fall shipment two weeks ago, and sold through 50 percent of it already," Hanbock said of her boutique's sales.

And Lilly's mastery of the female clothing world doesn't end there. The label also makes well-crafted accessories, which can add the right amount of flare to any ensemble.

The label for idealists: R. C. P.

Every time designer Read Wall has been to Africa, he's tried to involve himself in local education initiatives. The continent has influenced him so much that he once thought about returning after he graduated college in 2009 to teach or work for a non-governmental organization.

But ever since he was a high school student, Wall had always dreamed of starting a label.

"I always had the idea of owning my own clothing company, and I wanted to make clothing that was flattering," Wall said.

So when deciding what to do with his life, Wall thought, why not combine the two? And a concept was born: For every piece of clothing purchased from his label, Wall gives a book to an African child in need of education.

Read's Clothing Project, or R.C.P. for short, is thus itself a tribute to America's system of higher education.

And it's no surprise that it's born from the mind of an English literature major. Wall says great books have always had a special place in his mind and been a large influence on his life.

Wall has certainly done his time studying the classics. His unique take on preppy clothing is a way of updating iconic vintage looks, bring that same personal experience to his own line of clothing.

"Both can influence others," Wall said of books and clothing.

Aside from his signature item - the button-down, which he calls the perfect shirt for any college scenario - Wall's pocket T's, which come in contrasting colors, and vibrantly colored ties and bow ties are standouts.

And like a good book, Wall picks fabrics that last and fits that get better with age. Even if you've washed your shirt 100 times, its character will only deepen.

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