A new school year is about to kick off, which means it’s time to overhaul our free-spirited summer wardrobe, packing away all things light and breezy, and turn it into something a bit more refined. Perfecting our back to school looks (especially for the big first day back) can prove to be pretty daunting. We totally get it though and are here to help.
How does one waltz into the classroom turning heads without, well, looking like they’re trying too hard? Cue in fall trends with a few pops of bold color.
First things first: Swap out those pastels for plaids. It wouldn’t be fall if there wasn’t some form of plaid in the mix, now would it? To be clear, we’re not talking about grungy ‘90s flannel here—rather, let polished and low-key plaids, tartans, and check prints in the forms of pantsuits, blazers, and blouses take reign and pull together your look. We all know ladies’ suiting is having a major moment, so don’t be afraid to bring it to third-period math.
Though our most rebellious season may now be behind us, in no way does that mean that things have to be boring. Incorporating pops of bright primary colors into the mix is a surefire way to scare away those back to school blues and keep your look interesting.
Bold reds were seen all over the runways at the likes of Givenchy, Dolce & Gabbana, and Fendi—so have fun with color. Try wearing the shade in a subtle way, like a peeking undershirt or hoop earring, or by doing the opposite, and going bold by garnering everyone’s gaze in a thigh-high boot. The same goes for jewel-toned blue, a fall staple season after season.
And remember, while sleepy school mornings call for a simple, toned-down beauty look, nothing pulls it all together like a strong lip.
Keep scrolling for a guide to back to school dressing that’s prep school chic with a hint of rebellion.
Photographer: Tory Rust at Apostrophe
Stylist: Heather Newberger
Hair: David Cruz at Art Department
Makeup: Lindsay Williams at Kate Ryan using NARS Cosmetifs
Casting: Eric Cano
Photo Assistants: Allison Brooks, Marion Aguas, Taylor Lenahen
Stylist’s Assistant: Noa Bricklin
Makeup Assistant: Emily Klein
Models: Lily Walker at State Management, Jonelle Alert at Red, Il Suk at Q Models, Tamara Ryzhenko at Muse Models, Lily F. at APM