The Preppy Girl's Guide To Back To School Shopping

A Good Quality Pair of Jeans

I'm always switching up the brand of jeans I get: American Eagle Outfitters, Hollister Co., Lauren Conrad, etc. My personal favorite is probably Lauren Conrad. I've found that they're the most affordable and flattering on my body type. 

A Good Quality Pair of Leggings

During the school year, I live in leggings. I own about 10 pairs of black leggings. You can never have enough. I'd really like to get a pair of Lulu Lemon leggings, but my bank account just won't allow it. Instead, I opt for Aerie leggings. (They're on sale for $10 right now!)


I have a few cardigans in my closet, but I will forever love my gray knit cardigan from AEO. I got it on sale forever ago. I also have a black one. They're perfect to just throw on.

Rain Jacket

I found a rain jacket on the Kohl's clearance rack a couple of weeks ago. It's great quality and black. It will go with everything. 

A Good Quality Pair of Running Shorts

Running shorts are a must for gym class. I prefer Under Armor shorts because they're comfortable and affordable. Between my sister and I, we own 5 pairs of black Under Armor shorts. We're always wearing them.

A Good Quality Sports Bra

You want a sports bra that will last you the whole year. I recommend investing in some Fila sports bras. They're comfortable and, again, affordable. 

Long Sleeve Shirts

During the school year, I like to pair long sleeve shirts with leggings. The look is effortless. I recommend Simply Southern and Ivory Ella for you fellow prepsters out there!

Dainty Necklace

I personally love a  good monogrammed necklace. I showed my monogrammed necklace from USA Name Necklace in a blog post not too long ago. 

Stud Earrings

I have a few pairs of stud earrings, including the heart pair shown. However, I highly recommend getting a pair of pearl earrings. I received these earrings in PR from Sela + Sage. They're perfect in every way possible. The shade of white, the size, etc. I've been wearing them everywhere.

Statement Watch

A statement watch is the perfect way to accessorize an outfit. I have a rose gold one from Michael Kors. I love pairing it with sweaters during the fall season.


UGGs are perfect to throw on when you're in a rush. Plus, they go with just about everything. (Pair with a PINK sweatsuit for a lazy day.)

Riding Boots

During the fall and winter seasons, I live in riding boots. I love pairing them with fun boot socks and chunky sweaters. 

Running Shoes

Running shoes are also a must for school. This fall, I'm going to college. I know I'm going to be doing a ton of walking between classes.


Again, during the fall season, I live in my nude flats. They're the perfect shoe to slide into. Pair with skinny jeans and a collared shirt for a chic, professional look.


The last shoe I recommend having is moccasins. I love these for the fall and winter time. I think they look great with jeans that have a bit of flare at the end.

Cute Lanyard

Vera Bradley has a ton of lanyards. They're so bright and fun! This year, I purchased mine from my school store.

Monogrammed Backpack

I usually always opt for a Vera Bradley backpack, however this year I was feeling something a bit more sturdy. I went with an LL Bean backpack. It looks very, very similar to the one shown above. I love it! 

Question of the Day: What's your number one fashion staple for school?

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