August 17, 2014

5 Outfits For Your First Week Back-to-School

Happy Sunday everybody! So back to school is coming up for most of us (or maybe you've already started), and everyone knows that a new school year means a new you! Ok, maybe not an entirely new you, but back to school is a time many girls aim to reinvent their style or spruce up their usual outfits. It doesn't tend to get cool enough for fall clothes until a few weeks (or months, here in Texas) after school starts, but classrooms are usually cool enough to where you want to wear something that will provide enough warmth while you're in class. That said, one great tip for school-dressing is to layer, so you'll be able to stay warm in class and cool off once you go outside afterwards. I've put together five outfits that would be perfect for your first week back to school that incorporate both casual and dressy elements.

Outfit #1: Summer Dress and a Cardigan

Ponte' Bodice Floral Chiffon Skirt Dress- BodyCentral; Tencel Cotton-Blend Jacket- Mango; Above the Cut Wedge-; From Work to Weekend; Gold Dreamcatcher Pendant- Claire's

The first day back is a great time to dress up a little bit, so you can make a great first impression on your classmates and teachers. In this outfit, I've added a little coverage to the summer dress with a simple cardigan and added some coordinating accessories for a little something extra. Now, I personally would recommend a backpack or messenger bag for school because they're easier to hold and usually fit more than a purse or tote, but the first day is an exception since you won't really need to carry much of anything other than your planner and maybe a notebook.

Outfit #2: Skinny Jeans and a Loose Top

Striped Blouse- Mango; Twistlock Backpack- Forever New; Black Canvas Ballerina Flats- Pieces; Indigo Skinny Jeans- Ally Fashion; Initial Monogram Pendant- Katydid Collection

This look is a little more preppy, and I love all the classic, versatile pieces. Pair dark wash skinny jeans with a loose-yet-structured top for a super flattering look, and add neutral-colored shoes and accessories to complete the low-key look.

Outfit #3: Motorcycle Jacket and a Flirty Skirt

C'est La Vie Collector Tee- J.Crew Factory; Doublji Women's Faux Leather Jacket- Amazon; Carved Elastic-Waist Solid-Tone Navy Skirt-; The Iconic Black Flat- Billini Mika Flat- The Iconic; Round Rhinestone-Trimmed Stud Earrings- Charlotte Russe

Motorcycle jackets are totally appropriate for school in my opinion, although I know a lot of girls shy away from the idea. I paired this one with a simple graphic tee to make it a bit more casual and opted for a cute, flirty skirt to create a balance between girly and edgy style. Since the outfit already had a lot going on, I kept the shoes and studs and simple so as not to distract from the rest of the look.

Outfit #4: Denim Shorts and a White Tee

Flowy Panel T-Shirt- Mango; AEO Denim Midi Short- American Eagle Outfitters; Crystal Gem Studded Gladiator Flat Sandals- Amazon; Vegan Leather Messenger- Sole Society; The Plaza Scarf- Humble Chic New York

If you're looking for denim shorts that will work with your school's dress code, definitely check out the midi shorts from American Eagle. They're a little bit longer than most denim shorts, making them more school-appropriate. The loose white tee is a great piece to build on,  and I chose to use a summer scarf to add interest to the outfit. The messenger bag works perfectly with this outfit because of the relaxed feel and the gorgeous neutral brown color. 

Outfit #5: Off-the-Shoulder Tunic and Flared Jeans

Off Shoulder Tunic- Alloy Apparel; Mid-Rise Slim Flare Jean- Express; Faux Leather Messenger Bag- Chicnova; Lizzie Panelled Arm Cuff-; Lucky Brand 
Fabric Ballet Flats- Lord & Taylor

Skinny jeans have been super in-style for years now, and I feel like I don't see bootcut and flared jeans as often anymore, but they're really so flattering! The flared bottom balances out wide hips, and you can wear them with tons of different styles of tops. I chose this off-the-shoulder tunic because the color is gorgeous and the length means you don't have to constantly worry about your shirt riding up- you know what I mean! Again, I've kept the accessories neutral here because they're super-easy to use since they'll work with most the colors and styles in your closet.

Let me know in the comments which of these outfits is your favorite! I hope you all enjoyed this post and it gave you some style inspiration for the upcoming school year. Good luck!