In case you haven't heard, it's officially back-to-school season. Most of us know those first few moments of the semester are all about making a good impression—from meeting with new professors to joining new extracurriculars. And whether your first day of classes has come and gone or you're still hanging on to those last shreds of summer, you're probably still easing into the idea that you can't wear your lazy-day summer uniform on repeat anymore (but, quite honestly, no one's stopping you).
With seemingly a million things on your mind, save yourself some time by getting organized with your outfits. Keep reading to discover the best ways to plan what you'll wear for school (and beyond)!
Organize your closet. Take a good, hard look at what it is you're reaching to put on every day, and ditch what isn't working. We recommend tossing any pieces you haven't worn in over six months. Who knows? Maybe you'll rediscover that amazing vintage blazer you bought but totally forgot about.
Assess your daily schedule. Are you walking a lot during the day? Sneakers will be your best friend here. Biking to class? Maxi skirts work, or else stick with pants and jumpsuits. While we're usually fans of flaunting our style by any means necessary, we'll admit that function definitely plays a role when you're in school.
Look at the weather. This one's obvious, we'll admit. But the last thing you want to be is stuck 20 minutes from home in the rain while everyone else who thought to look up the forecast breezes by you with their umbrella overhead. Trust us: Crazy weather can sometimes be a fashion girl's best opportunity. You can finally wear that cool trench you've been saving for months.
Chose one trendy piece and incorporate it into at least two outfits. Thinking about your week as a whole is super helpful in terms of outfits. To keep each outfit feeling fresh, add one of your favorite seasonal trends into the mix. Figure out how to incorporate something new into your personal style for just a few days out of the week.
Add in a couple jackets and layering pieces. In a school environment (or office, to be honest), the AC is likely to be on full blast. Pick out a jacket or layering item like a sweater or scarf for every outfit. That way, when you're running out the door in the morning, you won't waste time standing in front of your coat closet deciding which one to toss in your bag. This is also a great opportunity to flex your layering skills or show off a cool jacket.
Go shopping! The best part. You've had your eye on the season's best new arrivals for weeks leading up to the start of school. As for those items that have been sitting idly in your cart? Go for them! After assessing your current wardrobe and ditching unneeded items, now is the best time to sprinkle in something new. We bet you already have a couple outfit ideas for that new top.
Start a new collection of saved Instagram posts. This new app feature is a game changer for organizing all your daily inspirations. As soon as you spot something you like while scrolling through your feed, add it right into a new folder. That way, when you go to plan your outfits, all of your ideas are in one convenient place! Feel free to go crazy here: Make folders upon folders for every mood or day of the week.
Now sit back, relax, and enjoy those few extra minutes of beauty sleep that you desperately need this back-to school season. These seven ways to plan your outfits for school will keep you organized all year.
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