Monday, August 22, 2011

back to school and what it means to me


Today wasn't just any old Monday, it was the first day back to school for Jacksonville kids and college students.  Although my campus days are long gone, I still get excited this time of year because more than anything, the first day back means the end of summer break and the unofficial beginning of fall.  To celebrate student style as well as the soon-to-be-changing seasons, I wore a sweater (despite the fact that we continue to experience very summer-like weather).  Together with the oxfords, simple skirt and button-up top -a basic element of every school-girl outfit- this outfit was my homage to the beginning of classes and, with any luck, the beginning of autumn. If I dress for fall, it will be fall, this is my mantra until the weather cools.

PS, I just made this skirt and I am patting myself on the back for a nearly successful first attempt at sewing a scalloped edge!  I would have scalloped the bottom too but I ran out of fabric.  Regardless of that, I love the outcome, it's such a fun detail!
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12 comments:

sartoriography said...

There ain't a thing I don't like about this outfit! As a career school nerd, I of course adore the overall inspiration. And as a clothes nerd I love the print with the rich green and the well-worn oxfords. Super, super cute!

I'm in the quarter system, so I don't get my PhD on again until the end of September. It's enough to cause a major depressive state in this fall-loving, school-loving child!

Frannie Pantz said...

What a great homage to school! I have been going through pretty much the same beckoning for fall too--longer skirts and cardigans and blazers . . . and sweating my ass off!

I love your leopard cardi and of course you nailed the sewing project yet again!

guildedsecret. said...

RAWR! this outfit looks like you've brought out your inner "nerd-diva" ... if that makes any sense. sophisticated yet strong - i would have NEVER thought cheetah print and olive would go together so PERFECTLY...

and yes... this back to school stuff is awesome - student style is something that will always be in vogue...

with love,
guildedsecret

Anja said...

back to school is such a fun time of year. My man is going back to studies and I envy him a bit for all that excitement. Great look there for that spirit, love the skirt, can't wait to see the first one with a scalloped bottom!!

Liz said...

Anything with animal print is an instant favorite of mine! Especially love the olive color of the skirt. Fab as always Tiff!

Celynne said...

That's a great skirt, and I really love the green colour. That cardigan is great too, such a fun print.

DazzledAndFabulous said...

Well don't you look too cute!!! I love homemade. Mom taught me to sew when I was about 12!!! It's so fun!

www.dazzlingandfabulous.com

xStroutx said...

I love everything about this!! You look gorgeous and the ring and necklace are to die for!

Kirstin Marie said...

Great job with that skirt!!! Your scalloped waist is so well done. I love the mix of leopard with this outfit.

joie said...

um, cutest outfit ever. it looks fantastic on you. love those colors together.

MONKEYFACE said...

I AM SO OBSESSED WITH THIS SKIRT. And the yellow one you made/had on the other day, too. Seriously if you opened an Etsy for these things and sold them on a student-friendly budget I WOULD BE ALL OVER THEM.

Cammila Albertson said...

I love you in leopard print! And I totally dig your vibe about fall being school season, even when there's no school. Makes me want to wear knee socks and a navy blue school uniform and carry an old leather book bag -- none of which I did while actually in school.