Back to school

Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Stripe 

     I love to push the envelope when it comes to approaching everyday style. I get bored very easily so wearing things that are tricky to pull of are intriguing. If you have ever seen Beetle Juice or a vintage prison uniform you would probably never ever want to attempt this look. Fashion should be fun so I did just that. 

     Stripes are very tricky in general. Vertical stripes can be very slimming while horizontal stripes tend to make things look wider than they are. The key is knowing your body type. I am a true believer that there are no rules when it comes to fashion. There are however, some helpful guidelines that can help you look more visually appealing. 

If you’re smaller on top then you want to wear your horizontal stripes on the top portion of your body and vice versa. If you have wide hips and you want to wear horizontal stripes then go for a thinner line pattern or one with alternating pinstripes. At the end of the day you look the best when you’re confident. If you love the way you look nothing else really matters. 

     If you think your outfit may or may not look like a prison uniform then give them a good pose and own it! Always put your best foot forward in fashion. Life is to short to wear boring clothes. 

Top – HM (4+ years ago) 

Pants – Fancy Kouture

Shoes – BU 

Sunglasses – Gucci 


Back to School Lookbook

Autumn is just around the corner! We are all trying to squeeze in the last few beach days… But before  you know it the summer will be long gone. I know some states have already gone back to the books. This blog is for my shopaholics who will be going back to highschool, back to college and back to work in September. I have done one of these in the past so feel free to reference my Back To School Essentials from last year along with this one.  

If you are a student and comfortable chic is your goal then this style formula is perfect for you. Sweaters and cargo pants never go out of style. But in order to make the look a bit more stylish stick to one color family and add n interesting shoe or sneaker. Leopard print is the new nude: however, a red or bright pink sneaker will be just as effective. This look is perfect for the classroom. 

You can never go wrong with a white t shirt and jeans. I styled this turtleneck body suit and highwaisted denim pants with a black and white sneaker and a simple red hat. This outfit is effortless but will have your classmates thinking you don’t belong in school but on a runway somewhere. This is also perfect for a date night with your beaux that you haven’t seen all summer. 

This third look is definitely for my fashionistas. This is for the girl who values fashion over comfort. This look is extra simple. All black never goes out of style. It can be easily transformed by finding a black and white printed flat instead of a heel. For all my college fashion, merchandising and design majors this is definitely a look to try for the fall. 

These last two looks are for my teachers. Your summer sabbatical is coming to a close. Being a teacher does not mean you have to sacrifice your style in the least. People respect women in power when they dress the part. Simple knits in neutral colors will have you looking your best while sitting at the front of the room. If your figure is more suggestive the sleeveless duster is perfect for keeping the look work room appropriate. 

This last look is a bit more accessoried; but will still be appropriate for your students. This is for the teacher who has a lunch date I between lectures or a dinner with the husband after work. Add a chunky necklace and a printed clutch for an easy transition from the work room to the dinner table. 

I hope you ladies enjoyed the looks please let me know which ones you can’t wait to try. Remember to study the concept and not the individual pieces when shopping for your fall closet. Happy Shopping! 

Back to School Essentials


The summer is almost officially over now… even though this week long New York heat wave is saying otherwise. Almost all of the students in the universe have gone back to school. I am popping in really quickly to share some back to school essentials for you ladies to check off your list. This is not something that you guys have to feel the need to go out and buy. These are just some inspirational looks that I put together in my head. Take note of the structural combinations and do not worry about the actual pieces. If you see a pair of burgundy boots know that any boots of the same shade and style will recreate the same effect.

As the leaves begin to fall and the sun sets sooner the nights will get cold. Every fashionista needs a sensible jacket. Depending on your sense of style this can be a leather jacket, a quilted liner coat, or a classic trench.



If you live in a slightly warmer climate and don’t quite need to get your outerwear out of storage just yet you may just need to stock up on some good quality cardigans to keep you comfortable in air conditioned libraries and classrooms. Over sized “grandpa” cardigans or “boyfriend” blazers are a great and easy way to make it appear that you put in way more effort than you actually did. You can go bold with prints or get a comfy/chunky knit.



You may be pulling all-nighters writing papers and studying for exams. This may make it difficult to construct a chic outfit early in the morning. Stock up on one-and-done pieces like jumpsuits and simple dresses that make snooze-button mornings less damaging on your classroom attendance. Stick to solid colors that make it easier to repeat outfits and style in multiple ways. Throw a chunky sweatshirt or denim shirt over a jersey dress to wear it as a skirt. Add a pair of jeans to the same dress and you have a long sleeved top. The possibilities are endless but less apparent if you stick to neutral colors like black, blues and grey.



The absolute basics of any casual wardrobe stand on the foundation of a great pair of denim pants and a white t-shirt. Make sure you find the right silhouette for your body type and don’t break the bank! H&M offer a great range of denim and sizes range from 24-36.



To complete the looks make sure you have a great back pack and sensible shoes. Heels are always great but not at all practical for the classroom. Instead invest in a sensible flat, comfortable sneakers and a good pair of boots.

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What did you wear on your first day back in class? Comment below! Did you post a picture? Tag me on social media. (Instagram: @thee_shopaholic) (Twitter: @Shopaholic411)