Back-to-school fashion tips from ''Idol'' stylists -- The people who style the ''American Idol'' contestants give their prediction on hot looks for fall

By Karyn L. Barr
September 17, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

For back-to-school ensembles that would wow even Simon, we consulted American Idol stylists Miles and Kirsten Siggins (better known as the husband-and-wife fashionistas responsible for Clay Aiken’s glam style makeover). They predict these fall looksrecently presented in a NYC fashion showwill be bigger than Ruben’s 205 jerseys.

1 Go punk preppy by mixing mom’s twin sets with studded belts, chains, and funkified tees.

2 Give sporty some spice: ”Warm up athletic wear with a tailored top,” says Kirsten. ”Or vice versa [right]. This look is all about having fun, and that’s hot!!!”

3 ”Embrace your inner Grant, guys, with old-fashioned jackets and ties,” suggests Miles. (And by Grant, he means Cary, not Hugh, Gen-Yers.)