In the spirit of school starting tomorrow, I decided to do a post about something school related that I also really enjoy: fashion. I know I’m not really the kind of person who sticks out as a fashionista, and most of the time I’m too lazy to actually put together an outfit (sort of like how I love cooking but don’t do it a lot because I just want instant gratification). However, I really do enjoy making outfits and playing with clothes and styles – I consider it a challenge to make new outfits out of things I already own. I’ve put together four back-to-school outfits for y’all to maybe inspire you to put your best foot forward when you walk into class bright and early tomorrow.
Outfit #1: Teacher’s Pet
For this look, I paired cropped black slacks with a jewel purple tank top and teal ruffle cardigan. Cap-toed flats and a string of pearls complete the outfit, riding the line between teacher and student. 😉
(My pose is totally awkward, but that’s what I get for having my brother take pictures, eh?)
(Tank top, Eddie Bauer; cardigan, JCPenney; slacks, Eddie Bauer, flats, Target [but really Goodwill – they’re Target brand shoes that I got from Goodwill, haha].)
Outfit #2: Jealous of My PhD?
Obviously none of you have a PhD. But this outfit just looks so professor-y to me that I had to call it that.
A denim sleeveless blouse tucked into dark brown slacks (that were originally bought for Tanith – they fell off her tiny little hips, though, so I basically stole them… They’re even a little big for me, but I took the tags off just for you guys) and a mouse brown blazer make up this outfit. A simple blue pendant and brown heeled boots make it look like you’re the one teaching the class. (Read as: these pants are too long for me to wear with flats. *headdesk*)
(Blouse, Eddie Bauer; slacks, SAM’S CLUB [serious fashion hotspot, I know]; blazer, Ann Taylor Loft; boots, Liz Claiborne.)
Outfit #3: Field Trip!
(Before I go on: these first two outfits were photographed by my brother and mom, respectively. Then my whole family quit on me and went to bed, so I had to take the rest of these pictures by myself. THE THINGS I DO FOR YOU. Anyway, excuse the awkward composition. I did my best.)
Since the first two outfits are very grown-up/professional looking, I drew inspiration for the next outfit from grade school.
JUST LOOK AT THOSE PIGTAILS. This outfit is school bus ready complete with a grey jumper, a pink collared button-up and striped knee socks. (Also, OWL CONVERSE & LUNCHBOX. I love owls.) I realized after the fact that a bow tie would be a nice touch, but I couldn’t be bothered to change back into the outfit and retake all the pictures. So, just imagine a black clip-on bow tie with this and you’re good to go.
(Jumper, Goodwill [I love Goodwill]; button-up shirt, Ralph Lauren; socks, Target [I think? I got them when I was eleven.]; Converse, converse.com [my aunt ordered them for a Christmas gift]; lunchbox, I have no idea it was a birthday gift but ISN’T IT AWESOME?)
Outfit #4: Art Class
Thank goodness this is the last one. I am starting to get REALLY TIRED of WordPress’s picture uploader. It hates me. Really, it does.
(Sorry about how out of focus this one is. I had the camera propped on my Hitchhiker’s Guide and my Jules Verne anthology and the self-timer was confusing. Like I said, I tried.)
The draping of this blouse has a really artsy vibe to it, and I like the aesthetic of it paired with the straight leg jeans and cowboy boots. (Another show of my love for you guys: those boots take me a good five minutes to put on because they are too dang small.) I layered a scalloped neck black tank under the turquoise blouse and finished things off with some beaded/charm bracelets.
(Blouse, [wait for itttttt] GOODWILL!; jeans, Old Navy; scallop-neck tank, Eddie Bauer; boots, mom’s closet [I seriously don’t know]; charm bracelet, James Avery; other bracelet, somewhere in England [Emma sent it to me].)
Okay, so I fully expect you all to look fabulous for your first week of school because of this post. Remember that the point of fashion isn’t having the most expensive clothes or looking better than everyone, but expressing yourself. And you don’t need to go out and buy new clothes to have be stylish. I made all of these outfits with things I already had in my closet. I challenge you to put together back-to-school outfits using things you already have. (And if you absolutely must go shopping, I’m not even kidding, go to Goodwill. Yes, it sometimes smells like dead people, and yes, it’s full of junk, but if you spend enough time really looking, you can find some cute, fun stuff for VERY LITTLE MONEY. It’s awesome.)
I really enjoyed making these outfits, and I probably would wear them if I went to school. As it is, my school has a slightly different uniform.
I don’t care that I’m reinforcing a stereotype. My pajamas are comfortable. I am unashamed.
Have a great first week of school, everyone! Tell me in the comments if you liked this post, and whether or not you’d like to see more fashion posts from me in the future! (And if you’re one of my guy readers: I already know your answers and am choosing to ignore them.)