It’s crazy to think that I put together my first “Back to School Lookbook” post two years ago, yet here I am sharing another one today! This one is always my favorite Back to School post to write each year, even though creating it usually requires me spending hours outside in the 80-90 (if not higher) degree heat taking pictures while wearing jeans. If you’re interested in reading my last two “Back to School Lookbook” posts, you can find them here and here. Now, enough with that sentimental blip, let’s get on with the post!
Showing off new clothing pieces is without a doubt one of my favorite parts of going back to school. However, I often struggle with styling my new clothes in a way that I would deem “first week worthy.” Hopefully the three looks in today’s post will help you find fun, creative ways to style the new pieces you’ve picked up this summer and rethink the way you style some of the basic closet staples you’ve been working with for years. This is the second post in this year’s Back to School series, so be sure to check out my last Back to School themed post, “10 Things I Wish I Realized Before Sophomore Year of High School,” here if you haven’t already. Okay okay, let’s look at these outfits already!
Comfortable and Casual
This look is probably the most basic of the three I’m sharing today. I styled a simple, soft striped tank with a tan cardigan, rolled up jeans, and a trendy pair of Nikes for a comfortable yet trendy look. I accessorized with a few simple bracelets, my Kate Spade watch, Kendra Scott Danielle earrings, and a pearl necklace layered with a choker. I adore this fun turquoise, rose gold, and white braided choker from Beach Bum Beads! They’re an Instagram business, so you can check out their Instagram @beachbumbeads here and place an order with them through direct message. This look would be super easy to recreate; layer a soft, comfy cardigan over a simple top with some jeans and sneakers (Converse, New Balances, Adidas Superstars, and Vans would all look great, just to name a few!).
top (similar) // cardigan (similar) // jeans // sneakers // choker (direct message the Instagram account linked to order and let them know I sent you!) // three pearl necklace // earrings // beaded bracelets (here and here) // MantraBand // Giving Key bangle // cross bracelet (similar) // watch (similar) // ring
A Light Sweater and A Denim Skirt
If you read my “Trend Tracking” post on denim skirts (linked here), you already know that I love them. I love this maroon one because it sticks to the trend but the color makes it a little more unique. I wore it with a light v-neck sweater from H&M half tucked in along with my favorite pair of faux leather lace up sandals from Target. I accessorized the look with some simple white and gold bracelets, a gold Kate Spade watch, thin gold hoop earrings, and a green beaded choker from Gia Designs. I love this choker and definitely recommend checking Gia Designs out here for more nice looking yet inexpensive jewelry pieces. Gia Designs is another Instagram business, so you can check out their Instagram @gia.designs here and place an order with them through direct message. This look can be recreated with any denim skirt, a light sweater (you don’t want anything too thick yet, it’s still pretty hot out!), and a pair of lace up sandals.
sweater (no longer available in orange) // skirt // sandals // choker (custom order; direct message a picture of the choker from this post to @gia.designs on Instagram here to order it yourself!) // hoop earrings // beaded bracelets (here and here) // MantraBand // Giving Key bangle // cross bracelet (similar) // watch (similar) // ring
An Unbuttoned Button Down Over A Simple Dress
Honestly I think this outfit has to be my favorite, it’s so simple and cute! You could easily recreate this look yourself by throwing an unbuttoned flannel, oxford, or chambray button down (like the one I’m wearing) over a simple solid colored dress. I’m wearing a plain black tank dress from Old Navy (that I must mention is so soft) with super flattering loose peplum-esque stitching a little above the waistline. I paired that dress with an open chambray button down (also from Old Navy) and classic gold Jack Rogers sandals for an easy yet put together look. I accessorized with a gold Kate Spade watch, some simple white and gold bracelets, Kendra Scott Danielle earrings, and a Kendra Scott Elisa pendant necklace layered with a fun turquoise bar necklace from Lexas Chic Boutique. Lexas Chic Boutique has a ton of fun jewelry pieces, be sure to check them out here and use my code “FAITH15” for 15% off
dress (similar) // button down (similar) // sandals // turquoise bar necklace // pendant necklace // earrings // beaded bracelets (here and here) // MantraBand // Giving Key bangle // cross bracelet (similar) // watch (similar) // ring
Thanks for reading! I hope this post has helped you gather some inspiration for your back to school looks! Let me know in the comments which look of these three looks was your favorite!
The chokers from Beach Bum Beads and Gia Designs as well as the necklace from Lexas Chic Boutique and the beaded bracelets from Sashka Co. featured in this post were sent to me in exchange for a feature in my blog. However, all opinions are honest and my own. I don’t feature products I don’t truly love!