Back to School

Summer days are sailing away, and the school year has officially started for most of the United States. I’ve seen many back-to-school photos on my social media feeds, and I enjoy seeing all the back-to-school outfits. Seeing these outfits has inspired me to write about how to prepare your closet for back-to-school days.

If you rotate clothes in your closet a few times a year, this is an excellent weekend to move some things around, even if you aren’t preparing to return to school.

In the northeast, this time of year teases us with cooler fall days mixed in with warmer weather. Organizing your closet for both types of weather can be challenging, but these steps might help.

Step 1: Put away beach/pool clothes, shoes, and accessories

If you plan to take a beach trip in the fall or winter, store these items together in an easy-to-access location.

Items to put away include: bathing suits, cover-ups, sandals, beach hats.

Step 2: Pull out fall transition pieces or shop for fall pieces to add to your collection.

Organize your closet and place fall pieces in a prominent spot.

Review my post on five basic pieces for this time of year:

From Refinery 29: 31 Fashion Gems Our Editors Are Buying For Fall

From PureWow: These 10 Fashion Trends Will Rule Fall 2022

Trending Fall Pieces

Bags: change out your beach tote for a sturdy leather tote or backpack

From Rank & Style: The Ultimate Guide To The Best Tote Bags To Buy Now

Women’s Soft Faux Leather Tote Shoulder Bag from Dreubea, $12.99 Amazon


Tote Bag Rush $50 Rains

Shoes: Swap your sandals for boots, loafers, or platform shoes

For women:

From Vogue: The Number One Fall Footwear Trend? Loafers—of All Varieties

The Freya Platform Lugsole Mary Jane $158 Madewell

For Men:

Cole Haan Zerogrand WFA $160 Zappos
Dr. Martens 1461 Quad $159.95 Zappos

Jackets and coats: find a light jacket or coat for the cooler fall nights, or add an extra layer to your outfit.

UTILITY FIELD JACKET $180 Banana Republic
Double-breasted Trench Coat $69.99 H&M

From the Wall Street Journal, The 12 Best Men’s Fall Jackets, According to Style Experts

The Harrington Jacket $89 Bonobos
The Lined Mac Jacket $109 Bonobos

Sweaters: switch to sweaters with a heavier weight.

Airplane Colorblock Pullover $75 Pact

Whether I’m on a plane or cuddling on the couch with my dog, I plan on leaning into peak cozy vibes this fall. Normally, I’d throw on leggings and a hoodie and call it a day, but when I laid eyes on Pact’s über-chic Airplane collection, it was game over. The geometric color block is a major style upgrade from my sweats, and the fact that it’s sustainably made is something I can feel good about.” —Karina Hoshikawa, Senior Writer, Affiliate Refinery 29

Maeve Cable-Knit Puff-Sleeve Cardigan Sweater $128 Anthropology
Men’s Signature Cotton Fisherman Sweater, Shawl-Collar Cardigan $159 LL Bean
Men’s cotton/cashmere v-neck sweater $49.95 L.L. Bean

Scarves: wraps and scarves are a great addition to a fall outfit.

scarf $14.99 H&M

2 responses to “Back to School”

  1. […] I wrote about closet changes and pieces to add to your back to school outfits: […]

  2. […] been posting weekly about trends I’ve been reading about, including cowboy, back-to-school, and tenniscore. I also wrote about five basic pieces you need to start fall. Read over these […]

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