I’ve spent over half of my professional life working in educational settings, both in and out of the classroom. Combine that with my typical 17 years of formal schooling, and you have a straight up Pavlovian response to the first day of school. To me, the first day of school has always been synonymous with the first day of fall. This was all well and good when I was growing up and school started after Labor Day, but it got a little weird once I moved to St. Louis and had to start teaching in mid-August.
Now that I’m not the one in the classroom anymore, I try to set a hard limit of September 1st as the real start of fall… but old habits die hard, and as soon as some of the local teachers I know started heading back to the classroom, bits of fall started creeping back into my wardrobe. Case in point: these blissfully fall cognac booties I scored during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale a few weeks back. But between you and me, I’m more than happy to have an excuse to wear them a little earlier – waiting until September would have been worse than that first 6am wakeup call of the school year!
Jean – Gap (similar)
Lace top – LOFT (similar)
Cardigan – Gap
Earrings – Le Tote
Boots – Nordstrom
As much as I love wearing complicated patterns, bright colors, ridiculous detail, and borderline excessive levels of funk, there’s something to be said for occasionally just taking it easy. There’s just a certain breeziness to just tossing on some tried and true basics (I swear by American Eagle’s skinnies and Target’s long and lean tanks and stock up whenever they’re on sale #AintNoShameInMyPennyPinchingGame) and jazzing them up with a few accessories. In spring and summer, I’m all about running errands while rocking my tank and jeans (with a cardigan in my bag because while the weather outside is delightful, people are losing their minds indoors and dropping their AC units down to tauntaun slicing levels). In the fall, I’ll replace the tank and necklace with a sweater and scarf, and in the winter, I just won’t go outside #lizardpeoplehibernate. So trust me when I tell you it’s okay to occasionally step away from sequins and get back to basics. They’re the perfect uniform for weekends, almost weekends, I-know-it’s-only-Monday-but-can-it-be Fridays, and those days where absolutely zero fuss can be given.
Jeans: American Eagle
Necklace: Rachel’s Grove (similar)
Hat: Kohl’s (similar)