HACKING BACK TO SCHOOL SHOPPING: PRETTY & PRACTICAL AS A WAY OF COLLEGE LIFE

From online shopping to summer sales, how can we NOT buy things that we simply don’t need? It’s so cheap, it’s hard to resist.

 

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Well, when you live in a college dorm, space is an issue and you simply cannot fit all those unnecessary items in the modest closet you will be sharing with your roommate.

Is it possible to maximize that closet space while still being on trend? Absolutely. Here are 5 guidelines to keep in mind before you start your back-to-school shopping.

 

1.     NEUTRALS

They never go out of style and they are ALWAYS in season. They’re classic, mix and match easily, and always give that put-together polished look. Especially in the fall when you still have that sun-kissed glow from your last summer getaway, the contrast will be hard to overlook next time you pass by. And you can still wear them in a few weeks when it starts to cool down.

GO FOR: Light greys, beige tones, off-whites, and pastels.

AVOID: Bright colors and patterns. They’re harder to re-wear because they are far more memorable and they are super seasonal and trendy.

FROM MY CLOSET:

TOP + PANTS:  Lulu Lemon  SNEAKERS:  Superga

TOP + PANTS: Lulu Lemon SNEAKERS: Superga

2.     DIVERSITY

Remember your favorite LBD that you wear to coffee dates, errands, and clubbing? Great, all you need to do is stock up on items like this. You can wear them to a wide range of occasions, day or night you will always look on point.

GO FOR: The right fabrics. Look for wool, stretchy, flowy fabrics that you can feel comfortable in while still looking fab.

AVOID: T-shirt fabrics. They tend to be harder to dress up and they don’t last long since they shrink easily in the dryer.

FROM MY CLOSET:

DRESS: All Saints

DRESS: All Saints

3.     BLACK & WHITE

They go with everything. Together or separate they will allow you to achieve that effortlessly sharp vibe. And the best part is – you can keep wearing them and no one will notice.

GO FOR: The perfect black pair of denim, with no rips. You can keep wearing them over and over again no matter the temperature outside. Look for the perfect white tee to go with it. Finish off the always in style look with a pair of all-white sneaks.

AVOID: Patterns. B&W solids, stripes, and polka dots are great. But a patterned skirt or graphic tee is hard to forget. You can own one or two, but don’t turn your whole wardrobe into them.

FROM MY CLOSET:

BLACK JEANS:  Madewell  TOP:  J.Crew  DENIM JACKET:  Levi's  SNEAKERS:  Superga

BLACK JEANS: Madewell TOP: J.Crew DENIM JACKET: Levi's SNEAKERS: Superga

4.     DENIM

The section that has taken over our wardrobe, and for good reason. In any shape and style, it always looks cool and trendy.

GO FOR: The ultimate denim jacket. It will go with your black jeans, flirty skirt, and going-out dress. You can wear it during the day to class or for a night out on heels.

AVOID: A cropped denim jacket. It’s not as diverse, too trendy, and will not do its job a few weeks into the term once the weather cools down.

FROM MY CLOSET:

DENIM JACKET:  Brandy Melville  BANDANA:  Madewell  

DENIM JACKET: Brandy Melville BANDANA: Madewell 

5.     ACCESSORIES

The deal breaker. They can make or break the outfit, but the great thing is that you can wear the exact same outfit with different accessories and it will seem as if you are sporting a whole new look. From statement necklaces to bandanas, the options are endless and they take far less space than clothing items.

GO FOR: Sophisticated choker (yes I am still a fan as long as it is not plastic), statement necklace, a fun scarf that you can tie and throw on in different ways, a hairpiece you are currently obsessed with, and a silk scarf or a bandana you can tie around your neck or your head.

AVOID: Too many purses, bags, and backpacks. You need one black crossbody purse to wear out, one day purse for errands, and your backpack. The rest is extra and takes up space.

FROM MY CLOSET:

BANDANA:  Madewell  TOP:  Brandy Melville  DRESS:  Aritzia

BANDANA: Madewell TOP: Brandy Melville DRESS: Aritzia

So before you click “Add to cart”, think about the different ways you could wear that item. If you can’t think of three different looks it can work with, or it doesn’t answer at least one of these key guidelines – I suggest – pass.

#prettyandpractical #backtoschool

 

                                                           Xoxo,

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