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WHAT TO WEAR: Back To School

It happens every year. It practically floods our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter newsfeeds, causing us to roll our eyes and continue scrolling without double tapping. It’s none other than the infamous “new year, new me” motto.

I have a little secret to share: This “new you” that you’re striving for doesn’t necessarily have to be a skinnier version of yourself. I’ve always been a firm believer in the fact that it doesn’t matter what the scale tells you; if you’re happy with how you look and feel, there’s no reason to hold yourself back from all the Chipotle burritos and Starbucks Frappuccinos your little heart desires.

The most foolproof way to get a healthy daily dosage of confidence is to dress nicely for class in the morning. This Fashionista was sporting the perfect back-to-school look—an ideal balance between dressy and casual. Her short lace-up booties are a footwear staple no matter what season it is. Easily worn with dresses and skirts for warm weather or jeans and a coat during those colder months, booties are a versatile alternative to your usual pair of Converse or running shoes.

Lately I’ve been really into ankle-exposing pants—jogger pants for men and rolled jeans for women—because they allow you to showcase your shoes more, just as this Fashionista chose to. She threw on a loose-fitting cardigan, which is perfect for chilly days spent listening to teachers drone on about marketing techniques in a frigid lecture hall. To polish off this classic outfit, she added a stunning assortment of stacked arm candy and unique rings for just the right amount of bling for daytime.

Dressing up for class not only makes you feel motivated to accomplish more every day, but it will also make a good impression on your teacher early in the semester. I’m not saying that he or she will give you extra credit for rocking a killer ensemble (If they do, please let me know where you go so I can transfer). However, if your teacher sees that you consistently arrive to class on time and aren’t wearing last night’s clothes, you’ll likely gain his or her respect. Set those alarms for 10 minutes earlier and start your day on a fashionable note, fellow Fashionista/os!

One Simple Change: Have a night class and still want to make it to a Girl’s Night Out in Midtown? Simply run home, swap out the cardigan for a fun necklace and swipe on a deep red-purple lipstick (try this one in the Scarlet Empress shade) for a totally GNO-approved look.