School Days

Back in my grade school days, this was always the point in the summer when I would start getting excited to wrap up my summer activities and get back to school. My mom would take my sister and I for a “back to school” shopping trip and we’d pick up a couple of things for the upcoming season. Then we always went home and immediately put on a fashion show for my dad. I loved the anticipation of starting off the school year in a new outfit. These days I still get nostalgic for that September energy. It isn’t quite the same without such a drastic shift in routine like we used to have, but it’s still fun to dress for it. This outfit reminds me of a more modern, grown up version of some of those fall looks I would try to achieve for school – classic colors, crisp denim, and minimal accessories.

J.Crew shirt (from last year but similar here and here) and belt (similar), GAP jeans, Aldo wedges (similar), Prada sunglasses, Alexander Wang bag (pale gold unavailable but I also love the rose gold), Michael Kors watch, Low Luv ring, Name necklace was a gift but Bauble Bar makes a similar one
Photos by Ian Sheppard


  1. Awww, this brings back many wonderful “getting ready for the first day of school” memories! I love the classic red and blue!

  2. um perfect <3 xx

  3. I love these flared jeans! and the combo with the knotted shirt is cool! About my back to school days, I only remember that I loved to get all my books and other stuff ready.
    kisses from Barcelona!

  4. Your style posts are KILLING IT! So lovely. Who is photographing?

    1. thelifestyled 08/09/2012

      Thank you!! My husband photographs them! He’s not a professional, but that’s actually becoming less and less true. :)

    2. Wow, that’s awesome! I may have to start putting some more trust in my hubby now! He took some headshots of me last year, but I never did much more.. need to do new ones!

  5. I love the color of your blouse and that purse is to die for!! x

  6. Oh my goodness, I love this post so much! You look absolutely beautiful, and those shots are so wonderfully evocative of what I imagine American high schools to be like (and I adore that that ‘back to school’ feeling too)

    Briony xx

  7. i love the cut of these jeans, and the tied shirt is so sweet! nice job ;))

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  9. a perfect example of “if i only knew then what i know now”. :). your styling is so perfect… looking forward to converting this look to a fall staple of my own!

  10. Love the location of this shoot Catherine! I completely agree with you on the nostalgia of “back to school”, I think it is the reason I still always look forward to fall.

    Beautiful outfit.


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