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Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012 7:59 am

School is back in session, and local high school students are showing their personalities through their fashion choices. Gladiator sandals. TOMS and worn Vans. Flowy skirts. Lace tops. Short shorts. Even tall socks. Lodi and Tokay high school teens show off their style — or like they call it, their swag.

Goth chic

Kathleen Prince, Lodi High School junior

Prince says her style is “usually very gothic.” This cat sweatshirt was a Hot Topic purchase that she pairs with a spike collar and torn black pants. She’s dressed goth since her freshman year, and she likes it because it helps her express herself.

Keeping up with Kim

Jennifer Salgado, junior; Angelica Ortega, senior; Jessica Ambriz, junior: Tokay High School

With dresses and skirts, chunky earrings and necklaces and their long locks flowing perfectly, these three friends are just dressed up for a regular day in the classroom. They describe their style as girly, and they shop at stores like Bloom and Forever 21. When it comes to fashion inspiration, there is only one: Kim Kardashian, who wears the colors and prints they mimic.

Blog-inspired

Kylee Cox, Lodi High School junior

Cox, who on a busy day wore a thin, flowy skirt and thin cardigan, gets her fashion inspiration from style blogs and Tumblr. She buys whatever she likes and doesn’t look to big-name brands. Her staple shopping locations are thrift stores and anywhere she can get a bargain.

Skater girl, summer style

Alexis Somers, Tokay High School junior

Somers describes her style as “girly skater.” She usually wears jeans, shorts and graphic shirts that she picks up at Walmart and Hot Topic. One of her favorite things to wear are her purple, teal and black DC skate shoes.

Long live the T-shirt and sandal

Ashlyn Sotelo and Corbett Hunter, Tokay High School sophomores

Sotelo may joke that her boyfriend, Corbett, always wears T-shirts, but they are almost always name brand and from stores like Tilly's. Sotelo, who wears a popular Pizza My Heart (a Capitola restaurant) T-shirt, prefers tank tops and her leather Rainbow flip-flops.

Sweet, sweet swag

Matt Lower, freshman; Matt Stanley, senior; Abel Carrillo, senior; Benjamin Simi, senior; Elijah McDowell, freshman: Lodi High School 

“I don’t dress to impress, I dress to depress ... you just can’t have this,” says Benjamin Simi, who is wearing a headband to train his hair, a graphic T-shirt and socks.

“You just gotta have sock game,” he says, explaining that tall socks are vital.

Basketball and football players are expected to have the best tall socks and show their “sock game.” That means, Nike and name brand socks only. They can spot the kid in generic socks from across campus.

The wolf whisperer

Ian Holt, Tokay High School junior

Holt has his own style that channels his deep connection to animals. He wears a lot of casual tie-dye T-shirts, orange sunglasses that give life a unique 3-D perspective and his dog-collar with a tag with his wolf name, Blaze, inscribed on it.

Friends with their own style

Sarah Moschella,  freshman; and Austin Wyatt, freshman: Tokay High School

Wyatt wears whatever is comfortable, but his most recent fashion statement is the mohawk he’s been sporting for three months. Moschella likes girly, strapless dresses and tanks with an added edgy twist.

Always ready for a game

Isaac Phan, Lodi High School sophomore

Phan knows good style, but he knows how to keep it casual. His daily attire usually includes Ralph Lauren polo shirts, a long-sleeve Lacoste sweater and True Religion jeans (“Because I’m fancy,” he says, adding he always wears basketball shorts underneath — just in case he and his buddies decide on a pickup game).

The do-it-yourselfer

Cassidy Formati, Lodi High School senior

Formati’s style is an eclectic mingling of Minnetonka moccasins or high-top Converse sneakers, and nine fingers covered in antique store rings. During the hot summer, she makes her own high-waisted denim shorts by altering men’s Levi’s she finds at the thrift stores.

Original and ‘hipsterish’

Gabriela Rico, Lodi High School junior

Rico’s style is a little bit hipster, a little bit girly and quite original. On a regular day at school, she dresses up and accessorizes with a flowy sundress under a denim vest, yellow Converse sneakers, a tribal backpack and braid and headband in her hair.

Everyone loves floral and lace

Shelby Russell and Kelsey Rodriguez, Tokay High School juniors

“I just wear what I want to wear,” says Russell. Lately, she and her friend, Rodriguez, have been looking to anything girly, with patterns and floral prints. They each sport shoes that are popular around both campuses — TOMS slip-ons and gladiator-style sandals.

The ‘cool’ factor

Damien Rodriguez, Tokay High School junior

Funny man Rodriguez loves his staple white T-shirt. He usually pairs it with long shorts, like these red plaid ones, and his white Adidas.

Summer is for shorts

Darian Nobriga, senior; Jacquelyn Erler, sophomore: Tokay High School

Nobriga describes her style as “tomboyish” with relaxed shorts, while Erler likes to represent her favorite bands with T-shirts.

Pretty in pink

Katie Whiteside, Gabby Schafer, Ashley Graves, Lodi High School freshmen

These three friends love the current style that is bright and comfortable with floral and lace.

Accessorize with gloves

Kara Buus, Lodi High School junior

Fingerless gloves are Buus’ trademark. Most of her gloves are black, though some are striped, some have ties and some have zippers. She’s also known for wearing boots, like these she pairs with denim shorts and a black tank top.

Contact Lodi Living editor Lauren Nelson at laurenn@lodinews.com.

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