Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Back to School


As a teenager and then college-age back-to-school shopper, I was never sure what the "uniform" was. During high school I paraded any number of atrocious and off-trend ensembles like riveted, cinch-side black pants, pink and black skate shoes (I didn't skate), and tees with words like "Model" plastered across the chest. To be fair, I was in Hawaii, the fashion desert due to the heat and an apparent 10 year shipping delay on stylish clothes. But, still, I rocked a unique blend of clothing. College swung around and I guessed at what the majority of college kids would be wearing on the mainland. I settled on some combo of skirts that never lay quite right and wide-leg jeans that the freshman fifteen left in the dust. I don't think I actually caught on to skinny jeans until post-grad. A day late and a dollar short.

I feel that now the uniforms for college and high school are obvious and easy to emulate with high and low budget options. Shopbop's current back-to-school line-up, in particular, is killing me. It's so obvious that what you want to buy is: comfy, laid-back, but put together. Try skinny jeans in a muted wash paired with some flat boots (brown or black), neutral accessories and plaid, dainty jewelry, loose button downs, topped with utility jackets or classic-comfy pullover sweaters.

I could literally forge an entire wardrobe out of these staples alone and go on my merry way not going back to school but making up for four years of regrettable fashion. 

16 comments

  1. Ankle boots are my favorite trend for this season!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  2. loving the new look of your page! So cute

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  3. I'm looking forward to boot season again, as I need a new pair but it lasts fall winter and part of spring so gets a lot of use to justify really looking around to find the next pair!

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  4. Ahhhh your new design looks so good! I love it :)

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  5. I've always loved back to school shopping even though I'm now many years past having that as an excuse to splurge on a whole new wardrobe. However, all these picks are definitely staples anyway!

    xo, alison*elle

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  6. Oh this a great lineup!
    Hope
    hchdeisgns.blogspot.com

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  7. Great picks! Love that gingham top.

    Heidi D.
    www.wishesandreality.com

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  8. I'm in love with the green jacket and the Marc Jacobs watch!

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  9. Oh no so sorry to hear about the nightmares. I don't get them too often, and if I do, it's usually because my stress is on the high side. Hope they settle for you soon! And... goodness I love this outfit + the new look of your blog is fabulous!! xo

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  10. im not gonna lie! i am excited to be able to fit into normal clothes again after the baby is born!!! i love fall!! :)

    xo,
    Sandy
    Sandy a la Mode

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  11. I can't believe summer is over already and the school year has started already! I hope your anxiety and night terrors have gone away!

    www.highheelsandtutus.com

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  12. I need to get myself some plaid for the school year!

    -- Michelle | MXP STYLE

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  13. Love everything here, if only I could where what i wanted in sixth form, I have to wear smart clothes!
    http://holliefrances.blogspot.co.uk/
    http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/12766401

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  14. I have GOT to get my hands on some black, destructed jeans!

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