“Back to school” can be taken literally and figuratively. For those undergrads, you are starting one of the greatest four (or five) years of your life. For us post-graduate folks, it’s much more of a feeling. We’re lining right up with Fall, triggering a wardrobe transition. The sweltering heat is on it’s way out, and the cooler, less humid, football-filled season is within focus.
This Fall, we’re going to continue with value buys – in case you don’t remember: buy quality that will last, and take care of your stuff. Everything below is of good quality, and will treat you as well you treat it. Second, let’s keep it cool during this back to school season. No need for neons (is there ever a need for neon?). Primary colors and plaids work in a wide range of outfits.
We’ve teamed up with East Dane to put together a great back to school look…upperclassman style:
From Top Left:
1. Filson Original Briefcase: A bit of a rugged, minimalist look. This bag is as much of an investment piece as it is a functional bag. It’ll hold more than you think. Approved for Macbook Air users. Oh – and Otter Green will break in very nicely.
2. Gitman Vintage Chambray Oxford Shirt: Skip the non-iron stuff. For the most part, they all look a little plastic-y. Opt for a basic blue oxford with a great fit. You’ll need to fire up the iron for this one, but it’s worth it. No drying required.
3. Ray Ban Original Wayfarer: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That’s some advice you don’t need a college to tell you.
4. Carhartt WIP Baker Shirt: The Holy Trinity of a fall shirt: good plaid, great fit, school colors. Please, tuck this in. Same goes for the oxford above.
5. Cole Haan Plain Toe Tumbled Leather Oxfords: The tell-tale sign of an upperclassman: dress shoes that aren’t some sort of driver/kiltie/tasseled rubber sole things. These are a great mature look that will work with jeans, khakis, and natural dress pants. Polishing, brushing, and shoe trees required.
6. Daniel Wellington St. Mawes Watch: A nice looking watch at a great price point. This will get you through your senior year, an internship, and your first couple years on the job.
7. Rag & Bone Rugged Brass Belt: A versatile belt that brings the outfit together. Matches shoes in leather and suede.
8. Fred Perry Slim Fit Twin Tipped Polo Shirt: You know, for casual Fridays.
9. Apolis Standard Issue Chinos: Pay attention to khakis this time of year. They should be worn like jeans but treated like dress pants.
10. J.W. Hulme Co. Continental Duffle: Traveling to away games shouldn’t look like an episode of “Road Rules.”
11. Levi’s Made & Crafted Tack Slim Fit Jeans: Time to add another dark pair of jeans to the lineup. The ones you bought last year are plenty broken in, but you need a good, dark pair for Friday night.
12. Loake Kempton Chukka Boots: A much dressier option than the typical work boots or cowboy boots. You are an upperclassman…time to tighten it up.