Back to School Stripes with Joe Fresh

Oxblood & Navy Stripe Sweater, JOE FRESH // Navy Leather Skirt, Zara // Navy Eyelet Suede Blazer, BCBG // Oxblood Pumps, Zara, similar // Vintage Dolce & Gabbana Red Pebble Leather Purse // Vintage Cartier Scarf // Bangles, Hermes // Double Pearl Ring, similar // Shades, Ray Ban // Nails, “Style Cartel” by Essie Polish

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall”- F. Scott Fitzgerald
Waking up on this first official day of autumn to an unexpectedly crisp and cool morning here in NYC seemed truly textbook. And with the subtle change in weather signally the final retreat of summer, it was time to truly embrace my fall wardrobe. To celebrate the arrival of my favorite season, I decided to embrace my school spirit again with a little school-days inspired ensemble. Collegiate-chic is back trending this season with a flare for flounce skirts & kilts, 90s knee socks, brogues, double breasted blazers, and bold boarding school stripes. Thinking translating this trend into work-day wearable treads and threads meaning nothing but trouble? Fear not! That inner bad girl school girl gossip girl just needs a little education on how to rock this retro trend and remain under the radar. 
With one simple step you can rewind to the days of Dead Poets without looking down right ridiculous. Start with one simple step: find the perfect bold block, stripe sweater. I LOVE this one from JOE FRESH (pictured above in oxblood burgundy and navy) that I have in all three color combinations. It’s the perfect prepster-print and because of it’s figure friendly cut and wide bands of color, the typical horizontal stripe enlarging effect does NOT occur. Go a size up than you normally would, to get that relaxed, boyfriend letter-sweater feel (which will also allow you to layer the sweater over a white blouse or dress as it gets colder). At $49 it’s a no-brainer buy that I think you’ll find quickly becoming a basic staple, and the base of any Blair Waldorf inspired School Daze style you put together this fall.

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