Back to school season… Can you believe it’s already here?! Even though it’s been quite a few years since the end of summer marked a new school year for me, September always still feels like a fresh start!
With summer vacations, wedding season, weekends away, Summer Fridays, and trying to spend as much time al fresco as possible, life during the summer always feels a little bit lax. While the weeks fly by, we try to savor the laid-back, lazy days of summer, you know? While I’m definitely not ready to see summer go just yet, I always start to crave getting back into a regular routine. For me, a new season always makes me put my nose back to the grindstone!
When I was growing up, back to school shopping was my absolute FAVORITE. I always went a little bit nuts for school supplies (and I still kind of do, I just call them “office supplies” now instead) and shopping for fall clothing always made me crave crisp autumn days wearing boots, blazers, sweaters, and scarves. Whenever I think fall and back-to-school fashion, I can’t help but think of what I imagine a prep school in the Northeast to be like. Gossip Girl, anyone? (Talking the books here, not the show. I’m not going to try to pretend like I haven’t read every single one.) My mind transports me to a cool morning on a tree-lined campus sidewalk, hot coffee in hand with crunchy leaves below my boots. Touches of plaid, classic stripes, rugby sweaters borrowed from the boys, baseball caps, varsity jackets, tweed, and a whole lot of texture.
Just like when I was growing up, I can *never* wait until the temperatures drop to start wearing my new fall clothes. (Don’t tell me you don’t feel the same way!) I’m definitely one of those wear now/wear later kinds of people… I recently picked up this striped scarf, bucket bag, ponte knit blazer, and oversized tee at Old Navy and couldn’t wait to wear them out of my closet. While I picture this outfit pairing perfectly with skinny jeans and riding boots, I styled it with destroyed white jeans and my classic sandals for a summer spin. When the weather allows, I’ll tie my scarf around my neck, but until then, it’s great for adding a little pop of color under my collar.
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