There’s something about living in a college town that keeps you young —  and makes September feel especially exciting. Jenn here, feeling lucky to live near not just any university, but my own alma mater! September always brings back the excitement and energy of that very first freshman semester for me: exploring a beautiful campus, meeting new friends and professors, and (most importantly) the thrill of being asked on that oh-so-important “date to the game.” (In an endearing tradition that has mysteriously survived decades of change, boys still escort the girls to football games at the University of Texas.) Now, almost ten years later,  I’m amazed at how little the collegiate look has changed. The tousled hair, sweatshirts, backpacks… It almost seems as though those four years exist just outside the world of mainstream fashion. And while I’m happy to have ditched the backpack, I still love button-down shirts, loafers, and cute dates to football games. My curfew just might be a tad bit earlier these days.

images {row one} sarah vickers via classy girls wear pearls, via wit & delight, billy reid {row 2} chance, photo of Princeton co-ed via Unabashedly Prep (source unknown), Teruyoshi Hayashida for Take Ivy {row 3} via cape cod collegiate, dawanda, via matchbook mag tumblr, source unknown (rug image) {row 4} billy reid, via the soho, image of ralph lauren flagship store (source unknown)


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    Georgina | September 17, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Wonderful post – I love scholarly tartan and preppier pieces (having attended school in New England.)

    I love that some traditions continue on!

    • Jennifer Rose Smith | September 17, 2012 at 11:10 am

      Thanks, Georgina!

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    Michele Westrick | September 17, 2012 at 8:37 am

    This board is so cute. It makes me want to go back to school. I also get that nostalgic feeling this time of year.

    • Jennifer Rose Smith | September 17, 2012 at 11:11 am

      Thank you, Michele!

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    Kimberly | September 17, 2012 at 11:30 am

    So love university towns as well. This just have this lovely and simple old world charm about them!

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    jen | September 17, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    love this board!

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    Cristina Cleveland | September 17, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    I’ve always wondered the same thing, why are college campuses so isolated from fashion? You’d think it’d be just the opposite!

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    Lindsay {LCVintage} | September 17, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    So cute!

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    tae | September 17, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    great board! both the middle and right photos in row 2 are of Princeton! hometown pride.

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    Emily | September 17, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Yes yes so beautiful, and also so very fall!

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    Jessica | September 17, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    I love this board – I was just on my alma mater’s campus last week and this evokes many of the same feelings!

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    Rachel | September 18, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Where is the green plaid dress from?

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    Elizabeth | September 19, 2012 at 9:12 am

    I want to live in this post.

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