By Nathalie Roberge, blogger and stylist

With a passion for great products at great prices, Nathalie Roberge has been sharing her favourite fashion finds since 2010 in her blog, Dans la cabine. In it, she presents articles, video reports and the stylings of various artists. Her mission: democratize fashion.

Back-to-school shopping lists can be headache-inducing. To help with the fashion part, I’ve put together some easy-to-recreate suggestions for your little and not-so-little ones, complete with trendy eyewear to match. And while you’re at it, take some notes for your own fall wardrobe. The biggest fashion trends have usually grown up in the schoolyard.  

The Preppy Cool
The Preppy Cool
From left to right: H&M pant and shirt, Little Burgundy shoes, Nike 36KD-070* frame, H&M crewneck and Little burgundy backpack

It is possible to be preppy and cool at the same time. Why not make a great first impression by owning this look on the first day of school? It’s a simple formula: a chic, uniform-inspired base paired with more casual elements like a Snoopy backpack and Vans sneakers. That’s the secret to instant cool at any age. And of course, your little genius’ preppy look isn’t complete without a pair of hybrid metal-acetate frames. 

The trendy fashionista
The trendy fashionista
From left to right: H&M overalls, t-shirt and raincoat, Gap backpack, Little Burgundy shoes, Eleven Paris 55-00* frame and Urban Ears earphones

This is perfect for the trendy tween fashionista who looks to older kids for style inspiration. She knows that metallic clothes and accessories will be all the rage this fall and oversized clothes are in, as in wearing your raincoat two sizes too large. As for glasses, she navigates trends expertly with the lightly tinted transparent glasses that every self-respecting fashionista is sporting these days.

The colour-coordinated teen
The colour-coordinated teen
From left to right: Zara cardigan, H&M pant, Lacoste 3907-603* frame, Parkland backpack at Bentley, Gap jacket and H&M pant

Teens often need guidance choosing the right colours and clothes to define their style. Here’s a game plan that will allow your teen to find his groove while still sporting all the latest trends like chino joggers and sheepskin-lined ribbed velour jackets. The earth colours and classic black and whites in this ensemble will also go perfectly with this head-turning pair of orange acetate frames. 

The flower power child
The flower power child
From left to right: Topshop skirt and t-shirt, Eleven Paris 63-61* frame, Fjall Raven backpack, Little Burgundy boots and Zara jean jacket

For a harmonious flower-themed look, this teen chooses scarlet as her dominant colour. She’s on the cusp of graduating to adulthood and shops even more than her mom does at big brand stores, as kids’ stores no longer cut it. Her glasses reflect her personality with tropical-flower patterned black frames that make any outfit less basic.

Happy back-to-school shopping! 

This is just a glimpse at the vast selection of frames available at Opto-Réseau clinics. Make an appointment at your nearest clinic to view the entire collection. 

*Collections and models may vary from one clinic to another.