I haven’t been in school in quite some time, but seriously, once Fall comes each year I can STILL get the feeling that I need a new notebook and pens and highlighters and all the other things an organized gal like me gushes over. Oh, and school clothes! Remember when we could go shopping with mom and pick out new outfits for that first day? I miss that!
I went to college for my undergrad at Keene State College in my home state of New Hampshire, and it was hands down one of the BEST experiences of my life. I was in a sorority (which rocked), and the campus was in the middle of the mountains. It was so beautiful and perfect. The campus was small enough to sort of get a chance to recognize most everyone, but big enough that you could get the true college experience. I made my best friends there, I met my husband there, and I grew up there in a way. It was amazing.
My style back then I was a freshman in 1998 (I graduated in 2002!), was everything you would expect from the late 90’s. Lots of thick soled black sandals, white eyeliner, hair flipped up at the ends, and on most days, pajama pants and a large sweatshirt. I remember trudging through the snow in high heeled, knee high boots, and also had “party” black pants that could be sprayed with Febreeze after a get together and worn to class the next day. Febreeze was a college girls best friend, I SWEAR.
My idea of style has changed drastically since then (thank goodness!), and if I were magically transported to the ages of 18-21 again, I can imagine I would report to class on the first day in a look like you see above. An easy/breezy dress, a cute little knit vest, and a tote to carry all my books in. The awesome thing about college is that there is no dress code and you can really be yourself and wear what makes you happy. Come to think of it, that’s not that far off from being a stay at home mom who now drops her OWN kids off for the first day of school;)
As for a night out? I love the thought of wearing the same thing, but spicing it up a little with some heels and fun accessories. College was never really dressy, so I think it takes a small change to sort of jazz up your “going to class” look to a “let’s go out and have some FUN” look, you know?
I picked up these items from Sears this past week and was blown away by how inexpensive and downright CUTE their stuff was. Everything was on trend (ikat! lace up heels! boho knit vests!) and fit my idea of how I would shop for myself for a back to school look. It shows how I WOULD dress for school, as well as my REALITY of life now, as a mom. I mean, this dress was only $12.99! I love shopping for trendy looks that can be bought for less. I live on one income and have two kids, a home, and all that goes with it. Sears gave me the ability to look amazing for less, and I love that. I also picked out this romper, this owl printed sweater, nude peep toe flats, and the black version of the knit vest! Most of the times I chose were under $20 each and the quality was great. Everything I chose can be worn now, and then layered with tights, chunky cardigans and boots for Fall. I just love versatility, don’t you?
P.S. Here’s a sneak peek of another, back to school, back to you look (for only $9!), coming this Friday!
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