1. Set The Tone


Your first day outfit is a sample of who you will be for the whole year. If you’re going into a new school, or know you’ll be meeting a lot of new people for the first time, think about what your clothes are saying about you. While your personality is what really matters, clothes are the quickest and most obvious way to show that to your potential new BFFs.

The first day of school is a chance to create yourself. This year, will you be studious or fun-loving? Filled with school spirit, or march to the beat of your own drummer? Or, some combination of everything?


2. Be Comfortable


Day One is stressful – finding the right room, making sure you have the right books, remembering your locker combination, finding people to sit with at lunch. With all that, the last thing you need is to be worried about your clothes. Nobody wants to be fussing with straps or hems while speed-walking to make it before the bell.

Go with an outfit that fits well, stays put, and requires minimal maintenance throughout the day. If you’re a pro at walking in heels and that’s what you want to wear, go for it. But if you’re like a newborn deer and you’re just trying to impress somebody, maybe save it for week 2.


3. Show Off


Did you work out over the summer? Get a tan? New haircut? Flaunt it. Your friends will want to know what you did all summer, and that is a great jumping off point for that conversation. If you cut off six inches and went blonde, but hide it in a hat, you’ll get “wait, did you change your hair?” instead of “OMG I love your hair!” and let’s be real, that second one is a lot more fun.

What’s your perfect back to school look? Got any tips we missed? Let us know in the comments!