Age is no pardon – to me, fall will forever be marked by the thrill of the back to school shopping spree. Be sure to check back with me next year when I’m scraping together rent money and eating nothing but ramen … but at least in spirit, the partner to autumn’s constantly evolving foliage is the perfectly evolved school wardrobe. It’s funny, because spring is usually thought of as the “renewal and rejuvenation” season. We ain’t no flowers, kids. Nothing says renewal like a backpack that smells like fresh nylon.
I don’t like to be pinned down to one specific style identity, so I usually pick up pieces from all over the fashion spectrum. I’d wear both of the looks above in a heartbeat. On the left, prep reigns, where a royal blue blazer finds its royal match in cheery blush-toned oxfords. To the right is the ultimate in sporty chic – athletic basics like the tennis shoe and the track short get a wildly upscale spin thanks to Rebecca Taylor. Note that both looks are topped off by a grown-up backpack – hey, I’ve still got books to carry even if I’m not in the market for a Jansport.
Which look is your favorite? Do you still consider fall to be the season of back to school shopping?