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We are back on track and are recovering from getting ready for going back to school and starting new routines. It was a necessary break and a pretty good one at that. Your posts have been missed. I look forward to checking out your favorite posts today!

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My name is Leslie McCain. I have a degree in fashion merchandising and marketing. I have more than 15 years of experience in the retail and fashion industry. I am now the proud parent of twin teenagers and the author of the place where budget and style meet. Please join me on my style journey where I am out to change the world of everyday fashion one amazing outfit at a time.

I blog about how to create fashion forward style without breaking the bank. My blog is the place where budget and style meet and is where you will find easy how-to's on how to create your perfect look while saving a bundle along the way. Leslie is helping us go back to school in style.

Back to School in Style
The time has come to hit the stores and look for all the steals and deals that will send your family back to school in style. So, when it comes to finding the perfect balance of budget and style, where do you turn? First, consult your calendar. Many states have adopted tax free holidays that will save you anywhere from 8-10% depending on your state tax. Retailers will often adopt extended hours and look to combine their best offer with that of the state in order to entice consumers to their location. If your state has already had their tax holiday, then saving a bundle is simply a matter of shopping on the right day of the week. Markdowns go into effect on Friday which means if you visit a store on Thursday evening then you will get the first pick when it comes to both style and value. You should also check stores early Friday mornings because they usually have an ad that will break that morning which will also give you first pick. Finally, look into retailers who have great loyalty programs. If you are a regular shopper you may already have points that you can redeem, or now is a great time to join a program in order to begin accruing points that you can use this holiday season.  Once you have identified how to stick to your budget, then comes the fun part how to choose the best style options.

Style is an essential part of heading back to school. So, which trends should be embraced this season if you are to be on the fashion fast track? First, every back to school wardrobe should include at least one pair of colored capris. They were hot for summer, and will continue to be featured in top fashion styles everywhere. Another great trend to follow is the graphic sweater. You see the look featured here with bright yellow capris and white sandals. This is a great look for the first day of school. In terms of color trends. The color of the season is mint, which was paired here with the pink capris and mint sandals. This look would instantly brighten any hallway. Finally, choose a versatile pair of denim capris. The pair that you see here is the boyfriend style which allow you to do the tight fold that you currently see as well as a larger cuffed option for a more casual feel.

This season, send your family back to school in style, by following our journey into the place where budget and style meet and then come back and share those fab finds with us so we can celebrate your style journey right along with you.

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