By Sara Angel
Dominican University

Even for those who don’t want to admit it, Rachel Berry is William McKinley High School’s fashion icon. With her classic knee-high socks and bold cardigans, she has turned the school girl look from drab to fab. In real life, Lea Michele’s character is sparking some big-time trends that make dressing up for school fun again.

Starting with the more traditional pieces, Rachel’s plaid skirts are a must have for dressing up and down. A reliable plaid skirt goes great with a pair of heels or flats, a sweater vest or fitted top, and essentially anything else. She likes to pair her skirts with button-up collared shirts and a cardigan. Forever 21 has some good ones, starting from $10.99.

Rachel has impeccable taste in dresses. Her vintage style works for dates with that special someone and possibly job interviews. A dress with a simple print is easy to decorate and essential in any girl’s wardrobe. She inspires girls to stray away from the tight, sometimes unflattering dresses and go for the fun and flowy ones instead. Get it at H&M for less than $30!

Not only does Michelle’s character on “Glee” dress to the nine, she can also accessorize! Sometimes accessories can be overwhelming, but not with Rachel’s taste. Simple is better. Rachel often dawns small pendant necklaces that represent her favorite things, such as a treble clef or a star. A little bit of sparkle can go a long way. Find a star necklace at Etsy for $14!

Can’t forget about shoes! Rachel takes comfort over anything and manages to stay stylish. A girl’s dream! Check out Urban Outfitters for styles similar to what Rachel likes to wear.

>> Sara Angel is a 2012 graduate of Whitney Young.

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