Sunday, August 24, 2008

back school necessities!

i hate to admit it, but it's almost time to go back to school. i know everyone's disappointed to see summer go, but it's always exciting to go back to school shopping. i've compiled a list of seven things that with be wardrobe basics for your fall school fashion.

1. black ballet flats - ballet flats are always in, and can be worn with any ensemble. black flats are a wardrobe staple because they go with every outfit, from skinny jeans to mini skirts. they're a basic look and important in any closet. you can find them for extremely low prices at Target, but if you're looking for a splurge, dior, dolce and gabbana, and steve madden all have adorable pairs.

2. vests - vests are a huge trend for fall. every kind, from denim to argyle print and over any shirt is an adorable look for this school year. vests can be found at almost any store. the one shown above is from forever 21.

3. tights! - via gossip girl style muse, blair waldorf, brightly colored tights are definitely a big deal for back to school! basic black opaques are always a safe choice with many outfits, but it's a current trend to go for crazy color pops like bright red, blue, pink, etc. an amazing website for every color and kind of tights (even tie dye!) is

4. signature scent - perfume... personally i've tried tons of different scents. i've finally found the one. my signature perfume is vera wang princess. there are soo many different perfumes to pick from, so try to get recommendations from friends/family. then go to a department or specialty store (ie. sephora) and try no more than 3 on. wear them around for a little while before deciding on the one you think smells best on you. if you're not up for the expensive price tag on designer scents, try bath and body works body splashes. their light scents work just as well and have a much less intimidating impact on your wallet.
**every perfume smells different on everyone (it's based on your hormones and the oils in your skins), so be sure to try it out and let it sit before making your final decision! the scent can change over time, which could possibly change your choice!!

5. cardigans - cardigans (a simple button up sweater), are a huge trend for back to school! whether you go for a short sleeved knit, a long warm cardigan, or a cropped sweater, you'll be kept warm in style for fall. they can be warn over tanks (your summer ones that you thought wouldn't work for chilly fall days are perfect here!) for a very stylish look. cardigans, being such a simple and must-have piece, can be found in most stores. try forever 21, delia's, or american eagle. for a splurge, try betsey johnson's leopard print cropped cardigan.

6. dark wash skinnies - skinny jeans are basic fall fashion! leave your light washes and your boot cuts to summer, and trade up to classic dark wash skinnies. they have a high-fashion look and can be dressed up or down, to make them a casual outfit or part of a more fancy ensemble. shown above are "morgan" dark wash skinny jeans from delia's (my favorite stop for denim).

7. tote/backpack - the most critical piece of your back to school shopping is your book bag. whether you carry it around with you to your classes like at my school, or just shove it into your locker each morning, you have to admit, you will be wearing it a lot! totes are always in since they have a more sophisticated look than a traditional backpack. still, if you carry too many books, a tote can hurt your back and shoulders. it's a decision you'll have to make. pacsun is the ultimate stop for both adorable totes and backpacks. other places to check are hollister, american eagle, journeys, and nordstrom. if you're up for yet another splurge, try juicy or michael kors!

this isn't meant to be all you buy for back to school, but just the basic must-have articles that will be the glue in your fall wardrobe! good luck this year! here's to good grades, friends, and boys! :]


LaCouturier said...

i love all of your picks! =)

Stephaniee123 said...

lovee♥ it!

Caroline said...

wow thats such great advice! i got most of those pieces already but im still looking for a scent! oh and just one suggestion! nude nailpolishes and pastels are in this fall(incase you didnt know)

Anonymous said...

omigod this is great!! please keep on blogging!

Anonymous said...

I love ur blog! Awesome, even though I already knew about all this stuff. Wuts ur polyvore?

Heres Mine:


Anonymous said...

Love it! I'm gonna go get skinnies soon...

I think you should do an entry about nail polish colors for this fall! <3