Fall Fashion: Back-to-School

I remember when I was still in school, my mom and I shopped for school supplies while my dad bought me clothes — it’s true, my dad had good taste and dressed me throughout high school!

I always had a healthy mix of excitement and nerves before the first day of school. Not much has changed except that I am now on the other end of the educational experience. I went to grad school for teaching and am a high school English teacher in a great district (this is the good news I couldn’t wait to share). I’m thrilled to have my own classroom and feel blessed to be able to live out my passions.

This outfit is one of my favorite fall looks:

  1. ASOS polka dot denim shirt – Denim shirts are the best (I own five in different colors and fabric). They’re versatile and they layer well with sweaters, sweatshirts, field jackets…
  2. Madewell field jacket – Field jackets are the casual equivalent to a trench coat when it comes to quintessential fall outerwear. A closet must-have!
  3. Topshop high-waisted black skinny jeans – These are a wardrobe staple, and high-waisted jeans can be worn with the shirt tucked in for a retro vibe.
  4. Cesca leather-studded backpack – While I like my trusty Northface backpack for utility, my younger readers may want to find cuter options to tote around binders and books.
  5. TOMS leopard slip-on – I wear my leopard loafers a lot, and these are a fun yet casual alternative. Plus, imagine a child in need sporting a pair of leopard TOMS because of your purchase. 🙂

Shop the fashion inspiration:


  1. August 30, 2013 / 1:20 am

    Love the jacket!



  2. August 30, 2013 / 3:29 am

    Your dad bought you back to school clothes? Haha so lucky! Well, maybe if it were my dad, not lucky 😉

    I'm soooooooo curious to where you're teaching!

  3. August 30, 2013 / 5:12 am

    I'm in denial – this is my last back to school (and I'm in grad school) and I know I wont have this bitter-sweet feeling ever again..!!
    And that jacket..Love! The backpack is cute but I would not be able to fit anything in there!!


  4. August 30, 2013 / 12:18 pm

    This shirt looks to cute to be true <3 A lovely selection!!

  5. August 30, 2013 / 2:14 pm

    so awesome about your dad and his great taste! and congrats on your teaching gig! how exciting! such a great feeling to live our your dreams 🙂 and love the field jacket! must have! have a good 3-day weekend~

  6. August 30, 2013 / 3:16 pm

    I love that polka dot denim shirt! Great picks! Have a great Labor Day weekend!


  7. August 31, 2013 / 9:03 am

    My Back To School Inspiration Is Carine Roitfeld, She Is So Chic In Those Pencil Skirts!
    Thanks For Your Lovely Comment!

  8. August 31, 2013 / 4:32 pm

    I love the back to school inspired post! And congratulations on becoming a high school teacher! I didn't know you could do it, but you just inspired more respect :-).

  9. August 31, 2013 / 9:30 pm

    I love that shirt and parka! Must have it:o

  10. September 6, 2013 / 10:37 am

    This photo made me laugh because i wore uniform in school in HK so never had to think about what to wear,lol. BUT…i gotta say,skinny jeans are a must! I live in them even up to today!!! lol….

    So your dad was the fashionista eh? that's really cute:) You know, it's quite odd, i was just thinking what profession is Carolyn in since you dress so darn stylish, and there you said it! You're a teacher!!!:D You must be sooo good with teenagers and have a lot of patience,hehe C

    Good to catch up on your blog again!


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