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Students Hit the Store to Find Their Strongest Suits

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RALEIGH — Teens are returning to school, and their homework is not the only way they are communicating. Many students are making bold fashion statements this year.

WRAL went shopping with an area department store's fashion director, Tricia Conard, to find out what apparel is the rage this year.

Apparently, anything with animal prints is in style.

"Every way you can think of how you can wear animal, it's coming in for fall," Conard says. "Everything from snakeskin to zebra to leopard -- all different types of animal embossed on different fabrications."

Another must-have this year is leather, especially with western-style influences like beads and fringe.

Denim never really goes out of style, but this year it has a twist. The 'glitter jean' or the 'disco denim' looks as though it has been turned inside out.

Big, chunky sweaters are also back in style this year. They will be made with a loose weave, making them comfortable in North Carolina's mild climate. In the shoe department, footwear with wedged heels will be popular.

If you like bright colors, red is forecast to be the number-one color this fall.

For guys, the big style is called "modern construction" -- all kinds of clothing with zippers, deep pockets and Velcro straps.

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Ericka Lewis, Reporter
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