It’s that time of year again, SCHOOL SHOPPING! I used to love going back to school only for the mere fact that I would be getting a few new pieces for my wardrobe. Growing up my family didn’t have a lot of money, so I quickly learned what was important to have and how to make it work in many (many) ways.
I sit here now, way past my school days, but still very involved in fashion, and I give you my best advice, involving some new trends and a few spins on classic pieces, for the 5 Must Haves on your Back to School Shopping List.
1. Military Inspired Jacket
Ahh, the look of a man in uniform…mmmm…but back to reality – and to women’s wear. Military inspired clothing has been around forever; trends come and go but the military look is here to stay. You can always blend a tough piece like this into your wardrobe. Play up the rough look with some black leather or chain accessories or (my personal favorite) soften that edge with a floral dress or printed pant.
2. Peplum Everything!
Top, dress, jacket; it doesn’t matter, peplums are cute and still riding the trend wave. I have a few items with a peplum waistline and they are an adorable way to freshen up an outfit. The added interest can even get me by without wearing a belt – which is the item I most often forget when running out the door.
3. Tights, Tights, Tights
In all different colors and types of prints! Face it, you WILL have dresses that you want to wear and it WILL be way too cold at times. Summer has come to an end – cover up your exposed skin with some cute tights. Thick or thin, it doesn’t matter, they are a stylish layer from the cold that you’ll appreciate.
4. Flat Heeled Boots
To me, boots to are the most versatile footwear for the fall, and this season everyone will be sporting a flat heeled look. Tall, short, slouchy or zip up – they’ll dress up an outfit and get you out of your ballet flats and Ugg rut. Plus, the short heels ensures you’ll be able to haul ass to class or work when you’re late.
5. Jean Vest
Denim is always in style…period. This jean vest is a spin on the classic jean jacket and thankfully today, colored denim is in style so you can pair a bright colored jean pant with this cool laid back denim vest and not look like you’re wearing a Long Island tuxedo. Vests are also an easy layer to throw on as the temperature starts to drop. Trust me, you’ll wear this piece more than you think.
Readers – what’s on your back to school shopping list?
Almost Stylish is a Business of Fashion School graduate who insists that her outfits never perfectly match as a tribute to growing up a rough-and-tumble youth turned glamour girl. She believes that retail therapy has true healing powers, attributes her swift defensive driving skills to the many hours spent dodging banana peels while playing Mario cart & she never starts a morning off without her Brewhaha Super Happiness Tea. Visit her blog here..
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