Am I the only one who still gets chills when they hear that first “back-to-school” commercial on TV every year? As a girl I was firmly a Child of Summer, and nothing sounded worse to me than trading in my freedom for a desk and schedule. If there was one thing that softened the blow each year, it was the annual shopping trip my mother and I made to Dallas in search of a few things I’d be excited to wear in the fall. Even though I’ve been out of school for some time now, Mom and I sometimes still do our “back-to-school” shopping trip! And this year I’m loving a schoolhouse look: pinafores, blazers, pleats, and over-the-knee socks paired with flats and loafers. So whether you’re headed back to class this fall or not, try these collegiate classics for a smarter look:

01 Don’t forget your homework with the heritage backpack from Herschel Supply Co.
02 Text between classes with a leopard print calf hair iPhone case from J. Crew
03 Cram all night under the light of the libby tall desk lamp in antique brass
04 You’ll be head of the class in a pair of begley cedar tortoise frames from Warby Parker
05 Take notes in this sweet polka dot notebook from Father Rabbit
06 Drive the boys wild in a pair of over-the-knee ribbed 1937 socks from Madewell
07 Stay gold in this classic v-neck cardigan by Aspesi from Steven Alan
08 We’re loving this plaid box pleat skirt from Alice and Olivia (along with their entire fall collection — there is so much Cher Horowitz happening we can’t even handle it.)
09 Customize your own pair of tasseled slippers at Chatelles Paris
10 Keep those number 2 pencils sharp inside this chameleon collection pencil case from Smythson (and when in doubt, pick “C”)
11 Live vicariously through two of the most angst-ridden students in American literature: Amory Blaine and Holden Caulfield.

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  1. 1
    Vaida August 14, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    aaa! love them all! Especially the socks!!! definitely will get them! such a cool outfit! school rocks! πŸ™‚

    • Jennifer Rose Smith August 15, 2013 at 11:32 am

      Thanks, Vaida! I’m pretty pumped to get a pair of those socks, too. When they were popular in the nineties you couldn’t find them anywhere in small town Texas. Now is my time!

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    Anna Hart (@annaelerihart) August 14, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Love those notepads, great find! hope they ship to the UK! xx

    South Molton St Style

    • Jennifer Rose Smith August 14, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      Well, Father Rabbit is based in New Zealand, so I’d say there’s a good chance they do!

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    Molly {Dreams in HD} August 14, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    such great picks! i was a complete summer girl as well, but there is something kind of magical about a new school year and new clothes, new pencils, fresh pieces of paper, and a new start.

    Molly {Dreams in HD}

    • Jennifer Rose Smith August 15, 2013 at 11:34 am

      Thanks, Molly! I agree… all the cute school supplies almost make me want to enroll in a few classes again. πŸ˜‰

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    Candice August 14, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    I am crazy for those monogrammed slippers!

    • Jennifer Rose Smith August 15, 2013 at 11:35 am

      Candice, they are so amazing. I bought an orange pair with neon orange tassels from them. I will say beware, because they tend to stretch. Order down a half-size at least.

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    Winzer August 14, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    I loved going back to school!! It gave me a chance to reinvent myself from year to year and from hair color to hair color. I’m thinking I need that iPhone case pronto!

    • Jennifer Rose Smith August 15, 2013 at 11:37 am

      Yes! You always looked amazing with so many different hair colors. You were like the Linda Evangelista of our grade.

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    Sarah August 14, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Pencil case for $200 USD? Really?

  7. 7
    theflairexchange August 14, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Love the loafers!

    • Jennifer Rose Smith August 15, 2013 at 11:39 am

      I have a pair and they are AMAZING. You should definitely check out their site, It’s so much fun to play with the custom options for each shoe. And like I commented to someone else above, mine stretched so I recommend ordering a half-size down.

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    Millicent Stafford August 14, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    wow!!!! LOVE the “back to school” collection, especially the slippers. Always an exciting
    time……everyone wants the latest & greatest trends the first day of school……as I remember.

    • Jennifer Rose Smith August 15, 2013 at 11:40 am

      Thanks, Millicent!

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    Valerie C (@valerielily) August 14, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    I wish I still was as child of summer – summer’s not quite the same when you don’t get that break from your duties (e.g., work)! Love the tassel on those loafers. I might just have to take a cue from you and your mom and still continue the tradition of back-to-school shopping… any excuse to splurge! Haha. πŸ™‚

    xo, Lily on Fillmore

    • Jennifer Rose Smith August 15, 2013 at 11:42 am

      Yes, I highly recommend the back-to-school shopping trip! And agreed — I’m always a bit sad when I realize I have to keep getting up and going to work in June. I miss those summer days of sleeping in, swimming, and reading.

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    The Office Stylist August 15, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    SO in love! Loving the phone case!

    –Sayeh, The Office Stylist

    • Jennifer Rose Smith August 16, 2013 at 2:52 pm

      Thanks, Sayeh! I’ve never had an iphone case before (I guess I like to live dangerously?) but I would totally rock that one.

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    Kathryn August 16, 2013 at 10:34 am

    The link to the sweater is wrong! Do you know where I can find it?

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    sophie August 18, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    great post!
    love back to school stuff!

    • Jennifer Rose Smith August 18, 2013 at 5:17 pm

      Cool! Thanks, Sophie!

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    D August 19, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Yes, I remember those fun back to school trips as well.
    Great memories. Love this post! I am ready for the next
    Shopping trip!