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SCHOOL STARS | 35 Perfectly On-Point Picks for Back to School

via The Children's Place

When it comes to back to school shopping, you need to arm yourself with the basics: backpacks and binders, pencil crayons and pencil cases. You usually need a hair cut. Aaand you probably need to ease yourself back into that school state of mind, meaning that after a long, lazy summer, early bed times and even earlier mornings are a must. Why can't summer last for-e-ver?? WAAAAHHH. 

But back to school fashion, IMO, should never be basic. I mean, how are you supposed to sparkle when you're not wearing any sparkle? How are you expected to perform on the playground when you're not wearing on-point kicks? And since you've probably grown a few inches over the summer, you're going to need pants and tees and sweaters and socks. Do yourself a solid, though and step away from all the solids. Sometimes, a printed pant here, a fun graphic tee there, and some emoji patches to dress up your solid jackets and jeans everywhere are all it takes to score top style marks this fall. 

From pants to tees and all those important little extras in between, this fall's back to school fashion is seriously making me wish these clothes came in grown-up sizes. Happy BTS shopping!



IT'S TRICKY | How to Look Like a Skater Girl (No Flips Required)


I don't have many regrets in life. I managed to get through my teenage years (mostly) unscathed, I travelled when I had the chance, and I followed my dreams to score a career I love. But never learning how to skateboard? Now that I seriously regret. I always watched those girls who could kick it with the boys and thought to myself 'Someday...someday I'll learn.' Now that I'm a mom, I can't think of anything more embarrassing to my kids than me trying to turn tricks..oh wait, I think that means something the skate park. Not to mention, I want them to have a mom so the idea of the trauma that could result if I actually tried to do anything other than roll? Alright, there it is - I've made my point. I rolled past the skater girl cool point a loooong time ago. I've traded lazy days and longboards for an SUV and a Westie and there's no turning back. 

Luckily, fashion's always there to help us live out our dreams. And so, since I'll never ever be a skater girl, I'll just have to dress like one. Skate culture had a huge influence on Spring/Summer runways and ad campaigns - with haute brands like Rosie Assouline, Jimmy Choo and Gucci all embracing skater style in a big way. Slip dresses, Vans, jean shorts and sporty hoodies make the case for just rolling with it this summer, no concussions required. The '90s on wheels? Oh, I'm so down.


HOW TO WEAR IT |  A little black skater dress is flirty and flattering but remember that if you want to go full skater girl, go for sporty not obviously sexy. Switch up heels for a pair of cute kicks (see below), a choker and easy beachy waves. After all, a true skater girl spends more time on her tricks than her hair. 

WE LOVE | Cross-Over Fit & Flare Dress, $36.95, Garage

HOW TO WEAR THEM | If you're ready to hit the skate park, the dog park or just plan on parking your car and going shopping (um, yup), comfy kicks are a must. This summer, I'm all about classic VANS like cool white hi-tops or fun black & white checks. 

WE LOVE | VANS SK8 Hi Slim Shoe, $74.99, Sport Chek; VANS Chex Slip-On, $60, Boathouse

HOW TO WEAR IT | Just cause you're rolling with the boys doesn't mean you can't dress like a girl. We love this soft pink bomber for warding off the chill if you decide to go late night with your skater squad. 

WE LOVE | Tencel Bomber Jacket, $66, American Eagle

HOW TO WEAR IT | So much of skateboarding style is about personality - from the deck you choose to the clothes you wear. These DIY patches are perfect for showing off what you love - other than skateboarding obvs. 

WE LOVE | 4-Pack DIY Patch Sets, $7.95, Garage

HOW TO WEAR IT | A plaid shirt is perfect for tying around your waist with a plain white tank and jean shorts or even with a little bodycon dress. If you don't find a plaid you love in the women's section, don't be afraid to borrow from the boys. 

WE LOVE | Boyfriend Plaid Shirt, $23, American Eagle

HOW TO WEAR IT | Striped shirts are a summer classic but it's important not to confuse the message. So how do you avoid a nautical disaster? Keep your stripes fitted and as cropped as you can handle to look rad on any ramp. 

WE LOVE | Crew Neck Bodycon Rib Top, $22.95, Garage

HOW TO WEAR THEM | Love to take risks? A pair of sporty knee socks are a must if you want to look like a true skater chick. Go for classic white with black stripes or play around with a fun print to look crazy cute from sunrise to sunset. Would you? Could you? You so should. 

WE LOVE | Adidas Originals Bananas Socks, $15.99, Sport Chek

HOW TO WEAR THEM | Never underestimate the power of a perfect pair of jean shorts. To keep the vibe sporty, go for a pair that's not too short and not too tight to pair with your hoodie and VANS. 

WE LOVE | Denim Rolled Boy Midi Short, $46, American Eagle

HOW TO WEAR IT | Since you can't turn a corner without seeing a cold shoulder this summer, you might as well make it work for your #skaterlife, too. A fitted off-the-shoulder with jean shorts (or jeans) and a plaid shirt tied around your waist is a perfect 2016 take on grunge that looks equally cute whether you choose to walk or roll. 

WE LOVE | Off Shoulder Midi Sweater, $20, Garage

HOW TO WEAR IT | In the middle of a heat wave, you might want to kick it in a Kangol. But on a cool August night or an early fall day (not that we're going to go there yet - ewww), a ribbed beanie with long hair is the cutest. 

WE LOVE | Rib Beanie, $12.95, Garage

HOW TO WEAR IT | The fashion world forgot about the humble hoodie for awhile but it's being touted as one of fall's top trends. You can never go wrong with slouchy and oversized or classic grey but this black & white beauty really caught my eye. Oh, and if you happen to be a mom who wants to go incognito at the skate park and try out just a few tricks and not totally embarrass your kids, hoodies are really great for hiding out. What?NOOOO, what are you talking about? That totally wasn't me. 

WE LOVE | VANS Foxtrot Pullover Hoodie, $64.99, Sport Chek


SUMMER FEELS | 5 Key Pieces Your Wardrobe Needs, Stat

via American Eagle

Blame it on the heatwave, the long weekends or these laissez-faire long days of summer but I wouldn't blame you if you're stuck in a style rut right about now. It's so easy to wear the same outfits on repeat when the last thing you want to do is stress - luckily, summer's newest wardrobe heroes require zero thinking. Minimum work for maximum impact? I'm in. 

First up: the long vest. You wear what you'd normally wear (shorts & a tee, summer dress, white jeans & a tank), then you throw a long, sleeveless layer over top. The newest iteration? Try a button-front dress unbuttoned enough to show off your shorts. Easy.

Next: the choker. Leave your go-to necklace at home and swap it out for one of summer's newest chokers. But forget about last season's basics - this summer we're all about extra long leather or suede strands (perf for tying in a bow), ornate lace or fun filigree to make literally everything lit. 

Tired of your tees? The cold shoulder top is everything right now. Done. 

Oh wait, you can't forget about your feet. When it comes to what's new in summer sandals, you need block heels in your life. Whether you're exploring a new city, strolling a weekend market, or catching them all with Pokemon GO (sorry Pokemon haters), the block heel gives you height + comfort all in one very cute shoe.

And, if you like to plan ahead or hate to shop for summer stuff mid-summer, the wide leg pant is where it's at. Perfect for cooler nights now or fall days later, go with the flow in a pair of pants that let you breathe. From cool culottes to flowy wide leg pants, once you go wide, you might never go back. 

Scroll down for the 5 key pieces you need in your wardrobe now. Hope you're having a super fun summer so far. IMO, shopping makes it even more fun ;)


1. Open Duster Fringe Vest, $29.99, Ricki's | 2. Maxi Layering Dress, $65, American Eagle | 3. Soft Cascade Vest, $24.95, Suzy Shier | 4. Sleeveless Open Front Cardi, $79.90, RW&CO. | 5. Double Weave Belted Long Vest, $99.95, Le Château.

1. Lace Choker, $18, ALDO | 2. Metal Filigree Choker, $15, Le Château | 3. Gem & Lace Choker, $9.95, Le Château | 4. Suede Lariat Necklace, $9.95, Garage | 5. Gold Oval Choker, $13, American Eagle.

1. Cold Shoulder Pintucked Shirt, $59, American Eagle | 2. Soft & Sexy Cold Shoulder Swing Top, $16, American Eagle | 3. Scarf Print Crepe de Chine Blouse, $59.95, Le Château | 4. Cold Shoulder Top, $34.95, Garage | 5. Cold Shoulder Blouse, $69.90, RW&CO. 

1. Faux Leather Ankle Strap Sandal, $69.95, Le Château | 2. Italian Made Leather Fringe Clog, $89.95, Le Château | 3. Block Heel Sandal, $90, ALDO | 4. Stacked Heel Sandal, $80, ALDO | 5. Woven Mule, $110, ALDO.

1. Viscose Wide Leg Pant, $59.95, Le Château | 2. Vero Moda Culotte, $30, Sears | 3. Crepe High Waist Culotte, $69.95, Le Château | 4. Flowy Printed Pant, $56, RW&CO. | 5. Vacay Gaucho Pant, $15, Garage | 6. Floral Wide Leg Pant, $89.95, Le Château | 7. Real Soft Harem Pant, $45, American Eagle