Back To School Wardrobe Staples

6 August 2014
One of the biggest differences between Sixth Form and Secondary School is that you are allowed to wear you own clothes everyday. As I found out last year the transition from uniform to your own clothes is surprisingly stressful: choosing an outfit everyday, trying to avoid outfit repeating and the manic morning panic of trying to find the clothes you want 5 minutes before you leave the house because you were to lazy to plan your outfit the night before (guilty). Since the majority of us can’t afford to have a wardrobe the size of Carrie Bradshaw's, a capsule wardrobe will be your Sixth Form saviour. Having interchangeable basics that form a capsule wardrobe will allow you to create hundreds of different outfits and transition from uniform with ease. Therefore I have compiled a list of basic items you need in your Sixth Form wardrobe.

A Good Pair Of Jeans
Easy to style and a safe option if you are stuck on what to wear; a good pair of jeans will last you years. To find ‘a good pair’ look for a style that suits your body shape and jeans that are made from a high percentage of cotton as high percentages of polyester will result in jeans that stretch out of shape and sag a lot quicker.

A Little Black Dress
Parties are a big part of of Sixth Form social life and there were be a few throughout the year. A LBD is essential for a party but it’s versatility also allows for it to be smartened up for a formal occasion or dressed down for everyday wear.

A Basic Tee
The great thing about a basic t-shirt is that there is one to suit everyone: long sleeve, short sleeve, round neck or V-neck, your perfect t-shirt is out there. Once you find it, you will be rewarded as it goes with everything, yes I mean everything. It also never looks like you tried too hard when picking something to wear giving off that effortlessly cool vibe.

The Crisp White Shirt
There will probably come a time when you need to dress up smart and a crisp white shirt is perfect for that occasion. But do not doubt the white shirt as it can also be worn on an everyday basis if its styled more casually. Just roll up the sleeves, keep it unbutton around the neck and untucked with a pair of jeans and you are good to go. Alternatively style it with a bright and colourful statement necklace to keep it smart but not avoid looking like you are going to work.

The Leather Jacket
Leather jackets are the perfect in between jacket that can be worn all year round. It’s a timeless classic that goes with everything, this means it can easily be chucked on top of any outfit as you’re running out the door to perfect your look.

While this is a back to school type post I think that these should be wardrobe staples for everyone whether you're in school or not! What are you wardrobe staples?

 Eleanor xx

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