MAPLEWOOD, NJ -- Fall fashion trends for Columbia High School girls include skinny jeans featuring bold, bright colors, as well as jeggings, which are jeans but have the comfort of leggings.

Tribal prints are in for the season, whether they’re on a shirt, dress or skirt. Blazers are a great staple for any high school girl’s wardrobe. They can be dressed down with jeans and sandals or up with a pencil skirt and flats.

Footwear is as important as clothing. Combat boots and rider boots are an essential for any wardrobe this fall. Oxford flats are a stylish alternative to the traditional ballerina flats.

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Accessories also have the ability to take a boring outfit to the next level. Colorful book bags, necklaces and an assortment of bangles can jazz up any wardrobe.

As Candice Iheme, a senior at Columbia High School, prepared for her first day of school, she arranged her bag with her all of her school supplies and her schedule, but she also set out her outfit for the first day.

“What you wear the first day is important because that is the first time to make an impression,” Iheme  said. “It is your first chance to see how everyone has changed over a long summer.”

Although it is OK to be fashionable, being comfortable and adhering to the dress code for Columbia High School are important considerations. “I cannot stand girls who wear 6-inch heels and are dressed like they are going to a sweet 16 rather than going to school,” Iheme said.

The dress code for the 2012-2013 school year forbids wearing shoes that would increase the likelihood of an injury, headgear (unless of a religious nature) and chains. All top straps have to be at least 2 inches wide, and hemlines must not be shorter than the tips of the student’s fingers when their arms are by their sides.

Columbia’s administrators reserve the right to send anyone home who violates the dress code.

The reporter is participating in a hyperlocal journalism partnership between The Alternative Press and Seton Hall University's Department of Communication & The Arts.