This is a post written by thewritingshopaholic originally featured on California State University, Fresno’s Public Relations Blog.
So, I’ve been wanting to do a new post for quite a while, something substantial. I finally decided I’ve been doing a lot of shopping and should do a back-to-college/high school shopping guide! I am personally a huge fan of black as a clothing color, year round. I know that that’s probably not appealing to a lot of people, but my skin physically does not tan, and light colored clothes do not flatter me in the least. However, I do like to add colorful and classic accessories, bright nail colors, and cute shoes to brighten up my outfits, as well as a few graphic shirts.
As most of you can probably relate, I don’t have a lock box at Gringott’s full of Galleons by which I can purchase massive amounts of shoes and accessories. I’m a sophomore in college with a 3-day a week job with a low yield, so this is my fashion on-a-budget advice for the rest of us lowly citizens.
Everyone hates pants, right? I do. Yet, it is expected of us that we wear them. Therefore, I have recommended some pairs of shorts and pants that not only look fashionable and will match nearly anything, but will also not make you cry when it’s time to check out.
I firmly believe that every girl should own the following items in the leg-covering category for school season.
As long as you have these basic things, you really are set in the pant area. Below I have some recommendations of where to find these things. If you’re into brand names, I would not suggest bothering getting a certain brand of pants, unless you love L.A. Idol, like I do. I like to have a few pairs of low-price jeans (Target is selling most of their denim for $8 right now) and one pair of high-end jeans. Usually Guess, Calvin Klein, or like right now, L.A. Idols. L.A. Idols are an adorable and more affordable replacement for Miss Me jeans which normally retail for $108+. L.A. Idols are rarely over $65, and you can usually get them for 20-30% off during boutique sales in your town. Well, now that I got off on that tangent, here are some photo examples of the cute bottoms you can find almost anywhere.
Starting from the upper left-to-right, there are L.A. Idol’s on the left, them some denim shorts (super cute) from Target. Next there’s a Target Maxi dress, a close-up of those beautiful LA idols, some JC Penny shorts in white (these are my ÜBER favorite. The denim is super heavy and they look so bright!) and lastly some Target skinnys and Wal Mart shorts with some cute little flag pocket thingies hang in’ out der fer youz.
Next is the shoes. Who doesn’t love shoes? I have about 25 pairs and I STILL feel like I have absolutely nothing. I would suggest that amongst your shoe collection to make sure you have a pair of super cute, good quality sandals (these ones are on sale for $15 at Kohl’s right now) and some cute running/athletic shoes. I like to have cute running shoes even though I don’t run, much less participate in athletic activity. I’m more of a get-nachos-and-not-sweat type. Thasss jus me dohh. I be lazy.
I am not going to go horribly in-depth into shirts, but I must recommend that you check TJ Maxx every other week for great new tops. I like to look at their display tops near the front, because they’re usually the cutest and the best quality. I think right now, the trend is long flowing tops with long necklaces to match. I’m more into light, simple jewelry, but I also love these looks. It’s also très nécessaire that you invest in a slouchy cardigan for those cold buildings, classrooms, or days at work or in the office. I suggest this one in the middle picture, from Maurices. I bought mine in a size 3X because I love the slouchiness, and I’m really more just like an X-Large. I always upsize my clothing also because I am forgetful about what I put in the wash, so if it gets dried, it’s no problemo.
I also must mention that you NEED, NEED, NEED a knee-length dress for school. You want something that can easily go from day to night without any problems, maybe with a simple amount of jewelry. I like to shop on debshops.com, ’cause they gots tons of cute stuff in EVERY SIZE. Fo’ real.
Next you gots to have the accessories. Lots of them. Well, you don’t have to, no one is making you, but it is the key to having a beautiful wardrobe. I love small jewelry, and delicate things. I recently purchased some rings and necklaces from Claire’s, which were $5.50 each. They are so adorable. I also picked up a Lavender cross body bag from RELIC, which is pictured here with my Claire’s infinity ring. (The polish I’m wearing here is Lacey Lilac by Sally Hansen.) Also on the left is a super cute outfit I purchased COMPLETELY with Kohl’s cash- crop leggings and a white tank that says “Run Wild Forever” I think all of this was about $38, so, good deal. Basically I put this outfit together with the RELIC Bag and I think it’s SUPER cute.
So, back to shoes- I love boots. I think almost every girl does. I know my Pretty Little Liars addiction has caused me to become obsessed with riding boots. (I ❤ SPOBY). However, not all of us can afford those beautiful $500 Tori Burch boots, so I found a slight dupe from Guess that is available for purchase at Macy’s. I think they’re actually a lot cuter than the TB’s, but that’s just my opinion. These ones are only $99. You can also find riding boots easily for under $30, but they aren’t likely to last as long. It’s up to you, it’s just a staple that you may want to have when fall hits.
We are almost done! Another item you may want to have in your wardrobe is a good semi-formal or party dress. I love picking up semi-formal dresses whenever I see them, especially if they’re a great deal. I recently picked up these shapeless dresses from a small local boutique, and they were not only marked down, but buy one, get one free! I ended up getting them both for $24. It was pretty amazing. Buying dresses like this allows you to have a really versatile piece that you can wear anywhere.
Okay! LAST THING, I SWEAR.
ERMAGHERD MY FAVERITE
So anyways, I’ve been picking up some cute Summer-Fall transition nail colors. Right now for summer I love corals and lavenders, as well as mint green. (Candy Apple Mint by Essie). But for Fall-Winter, I like dark greens and blacks, as well as gunmetals and deep reds. Pictured here is my mini back to school collection for polishes. Ulta is having a deal right now where you spend $10 and get $3.50 off- not a bad coupon to use for a polish haul!
Well, that’s it for now. Happy hunting! Check back next week for a guide on school supplies and organization tips! Hope I inspired you ❤