a personal style blog by Lauren Pfieffer

Thursday, August 26, 2010

First Day of School Outfit: It's More Complex Than You Thought!

Denim Dress: Forever21.
Navy Skinny Belt: Charlotte Russe.
Nude Heels: Gabriel Brother's.
Gold Bangles: Forever21.
Gold Chain Clip On Earrings: Thrifted.
Hello everyone!

Ah, the first day of school outfit. Possibly the most important outfit of the whole school year. It sets the mood and tone for the whole new year and tells people who you are without using words. The first day of school outfit is a very tricky one. It has to be strong and powerful, command attention; yet, not look like you tried too hard. It has to show who you are and what your style is with one single effortless glance. I've always loved the saying, " You only get one first impression," and that is certainly the case with the first day of school outfit.

My junior year of high school starts this coming Monday, and I've been thinking about what I was going to wear the first day of school for quite some time now. It's funny how much my style has grown and matured from my freshman year till now. My first day of school outfit as a freshman was a plain purple dress from Walmart paired with a long boho leaf necklace and my most prized possessions at the time: brown gladiators. (I thought I was really hot stuff with such a trendy item!) I must have spent an hour straightening my hair to perfection that morning (I remember my dad saying he could smell my hair burning), and I walked through the doors of high school confident. Boy, was I in for a shock. In Jr. High I had been the best dressed girl by far, but in high school it was a whole different ball game. The girls were beautiful. They looked like models out of magazines and their outfits looked to be created by professional stylists. My confidence level definitely went wayyy down hill that day!

But since that first day freshman year, I have grown and matured into my own distinct sense of style that makes me confident and shine. This year I want people to see that my style has defined and matured. My style for this upcoming school year I want to be vintage inspired, but yet very lady like and polished. Yes, polished is the perfect word I'm looking for!

Like when a bride is shopping for her dress, when picking out the first day of school outfit you just know the right one when you see it. The outfit comes together simply without thought or contemplation. While in Forever21 a few weeks ago shopping for my birthday, I stumbled upon this denim dress and I just knew it was going to part of my first day of school outfit. I was devastated when I tried on the dress and it was way to small, so I was determined to find a size that fit. I tried on another size, and it still didn't fit(this time too big) but I did not give up. I wasn't letting go of my first day of school dress! I tried on yet another size of the dress and it fit! It was meant to be :)

When picking out my outfit for the first day of school last week, I pulled out this dress and the outfit just sort of came together naturally. The bow around the neck is actually the belt to the dress, but since I have an obsession with bow tie necks I tried it with this dress and loved it! I knew I still needed a belt with the dress to define my waist, so I paired the navy Charlotte Russe one with the denim dress and they fit perfectly. I really wanted the dress to be the center piece, so I kept the shoes and jewelery simple. The nude heels elongate my legs like crazy and it is a must to wear heels on the first day of school! Heels make me feel so confident and beautiful, and confidence on the first day of school is key. Gold accessories went well with the gold buttons on the dress. No necklace: too fussy with the neckline. Earrings are always a pretty substitution, and I thought a wrist full of gold bangles would be the finishing touch!

Now, almost as a important as the outfit itself is the first day of school hair. In the past I have always straightened my hair for the first day of school to show off how much my locks had grown over the summer. This year I am taking a different approach and curling my hair with foam rollers. I love how foam rollers give me tight, bouncy, flirty, curls that stay in all day! Since my outfit is a bit vintage inspired I thought curls would go nicely with it. For makeup I'm just keeping it very simple: mascara!

I may not be exactly excited for school itself, but I am super excited to wear all of my outfits back to school! Since my eighth grade year I made a goal: to win best dressed as senior. I am so close to my goal: it's only a year away! This year I'm going to work toward my goal and be very determined. I'm proud to say I have NEVER worn sweatpants to school yet! Not even when I was sick or when it was below zero out! I always say "when you look good, you feel good," and that is the motto I'm going to try to go by this school year!

Whew, I bet you gals didn't know there was that much thought into the first day of school outfit, did you?! I'm going to post the rest of the first week of school's outfits probably tomorrow, so look out for them! Just like the first day of school outfit, there's a method behind all of the other ones, as well. Hehe ;)


P.S. Thank you to all of those who commented on my last post! It was so touching to read comments from some people I had no idea were even out there! You all seriosuly put a big ole smile on my face! If you are an anonymous reader and didn't get a chance to post a comment on the last post, you still can! Coem on, don't be shy. ;) I just personally want to thank all of you for reading my blog. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU! (Special shout out to my Aunt Stacey!) Whether you visit my blog daily, once in awhile, or this is your first time thank you for stopping by. Thank you all.


BARESTUDY (Janelle) said...

cute post, and good job on the outfit. i'm getting all excited for you on your first day :) i remember my high school days, i never cared about my look. i was just a normal t-shirt and jeans. haha!! good luck and kick ass! :)

thank you for the lovely comment on my blog by the way. :)


Christina said...

such a cute outfit, i love that dress!

Andrea Eames said...

Haha, I remember the first day of school outfits I used to pick out! You're right, it is an important decision. I hope it went well. :)

Andrea xx

Me said...

I love it its the perfect outfit for school!

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