Clothing & Accessories

Back to School Cool–Part I: Top Three Tops

We know; it’s not even August yet! But we like to stay ahead of the game and keep an eye on things so you can get the best deals. Every Wednesday until September, we’ll post something you need to know about fall shopping. If you’re thinking about organizing your shopping experiences now, let us help you by giving you the heads up. For the first installment, we’re giving you the most essential must haves that you may even still have in your wardrobe from last year. Next week, we’ll talk about ways to refresh last year’s trends. For now, make sure you snag these items first because they’ll take you from hot to cool effortlessly.

1. A Preppy Sweater

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From Yoox $100

It’ doesn’t matter if you don’t classify yourself as “preppy.” This is one item that you can funkify by pairing with leather skinnies and a chunky necklace. Or, you go totally classic by pairing with khakis and pearls–no one will even know it’s the same sweater and that look never goes out of style. Nonetheless, I lightweight sweater will take you from cool end-of-summer nights to crisp fall days. How versatile is the one pictured here? Check it out at Yoox for $100.

2. The Oversized Sweater

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Joie Sweater from The Real Real ($95)

We are in love with this look. We love it with a pencil skirt if you’re a mature college student (funk it up with cool sneakers) or skinny jeans. You can hide everything but your style in this sweater. A long necklace finishes the look. We love it in casual cable knit or in this sleeker version from the Real Real–our favorite consignment shop. This one is high end Joie for $95, originally retailing for about $225.

3. Lacy Blouse

From ASOS $64

This look comes in so many shapes and sizes. Get it in black with a edge, or trying a flowing silhouette for a romantic look. These tops are SO versatile. Dress them up with a mini skirt, or down with a pair of distressed jeans. The contrast of edgy and feminine will keep you fashion forward. ASOS has pages of options for this type of look. You’ll definitely find something to suit your body and style.

Make these three key items first on your shopping list. You can dress them up on the days when Johnny Cool sits next to you in class and dress them down on days when comfort is key.