Back to School Fashion & Shoes That Are Far From Boring

Back to School Fashion Jacket

While there are still a few weeks of summer left to enjoy, it’s no secret that many of us are already thinking about back to school fashion. If you’re not in class already, you may be thinking about what to wear on that all-important first day. 

We often think about how our outfits will define our confidence, personality, and style – not to mention the impact of first impressions. Back to school fashion doesn’t have to be boring, and 2023 is seeing some great trends emerging on the runways that can translate perfectly to the classroom. 

With this in mind, we’re going to take a look at the latest in fashion and footwear for a high-impact return to the corridors this fall, so what are you waiting for?

Bringing Preppy Back

Thanks to the efforts of iconic fashion houses like Ralph Lauren, preppy fashion is back with a vengeance. This season, you’ll find a host of pastel colors, nautical stripes, and equestrian detailing in high schools and colleges worldwide. 

High fashion sportswear and tailored timeless pieces are literally all over the top back to school trends, and is delivering with two pieces to take on the trend.

The Jacquemus La Veste D’Homme Square Jacket in Beige

Jacquemus La Veste D'Homme Square Jacket
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If you’re looking for a stunning jacket that fits the preppy aesthetic with classic tailoring and a boxy, menswear-inspired fit, the Jacquemus La Veste D’Homme Square Jacket is sure to be at the top of your wishlist. In a classic beige tone, you are sure to turn heads everywhere you go with the notched lapels, chest welt pocket, and large patched pockets that add an element of function to the form. 

Originally intended to be worn as a set with matching pants, this jacket is highly versatile in that you can dress it up with a classic black skirt and complimentary accessories for formal academia or even dress it down for a more relaxed, urban feel with some sweatpants and sneakers.

Dr. Martens 1461 Oxfords

Dr Martens 1461 Made in England Oxford
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No back to school wardrobe would be complete without a pair of Dr Martens, and what better way to really step into the preppy look than with a vintage pair of Oxfords? 

In an eye-catching yet classic black Quilon leather, these Dr. Martens 1461 Vintage Made In England Oxford shoes are the only way to establish yourself as a style queen with a finger firmly on fashion’s pulse. 

These shoes need no introductions and look fantastic paired with monochrome outfits – and are the perfect accompaniment for both feminine and masculine attire.

Made with 100% genuine leather, they can be polished into a magnificent sheen to be worn with formalwear or even scuffed to make a more vintage and alternative look, depending on the style you are trying to achieve. 

With an incredibly comfortable air-cushioned sole that boasts a deep and rugged tread for any terrain, you’ll find Dr. Martens’ signature and iconic Goodyear welt yellow stitching, leaving no question in anybody’s mind that you are walking in the most stylish shoes around.

Casual Comfort with a Designer Twist 

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In 2023, subtlety and minimalism are taking a backseat as you head back to school; it’s time to make a statement. Comfort remains paramount, but this year, it coexists with high-impact style—offering a fresh alternative to traditional preppy looks. Amplified by social media’s parade of affluent kids flaunting designer labels, the focus now shifts to letting your own branded pieces stand out.

Stussy x Levi’s Embossed 501 Jeans

Stussy x Levi's Embossed 501 Jeans
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With this fashion trend in mind, there will be no better way to make a brand statement while looking as casual as can be than to wear the Stussy x Levi’s Embossed 501 Jeans. Taking inspiration from Stussy and combining it with Levi’s unrivaled denim dream, streetwear has never looked more cool.

Designed and launched to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the 501s, Stussy has done what it does best and added its signature aesthetic to the iconic, rugged, worn indigo wash and straight leg cut that Levi’s is well-loved for. You’ll find a custom, co-branded patch both on and behind opposite knees that takes these jeans to a whole new level of style.

Hermes Oran Sandal

Hermes Sandal
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When you want your footwear to speak for itself, there is one brand that really does do just that: Hermes. The Hermes Oran Sandal isn’t only for the back to school market but also a well-loved fashion staple for ultimate comfort and designer impact.

Due to the fact that they are made of Epsom leather, they have a unique and eye-catching texture that lends to the iconic ‘H’ design for maximum appeal. The simplicity of the design makes these the perfect shoes for the beach, the classroom, the cafe, and everywhere in between.

Crocs Mega Crush Sandal

Crocs Sandal
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While traditional Crocs are not considered to be the most fashionable item, in recent years, they have become unironically cool. For back to school fashion, students might want to have a pair of Crocs Mega Crush Sandals in their fashion itinerary. 

These are in classic black, perfect for any stylish student looking to impress their peers in almost any academic setting, and they are adaptable to fit any style. Supreme comfort meets functionality due to the incredibly durable soles – which feature very deep treads to ensure stability on any surface. 

Like all Crocs, they are wearable as sandals and can also be worn as slip-ons in sports mode, which makes them even more convenient and incredibly versatile no matter where you take them.

Final Words 

Back to School Fashion
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When you keep up with the latest back to school fashion trends, achieving a polished and stylish look becomes effortlessly attainable. Many of the standout pieces we’ve spotlighted hail from high-end designers who are masters at crafting timeless wardrobe essentials. 

These items promise unparalleled craftsmanship in wearability, comfort, and durability while perfectly complementing your individual style. Designer garments possess a transformative power, capable of elevating any ensemble, whether casual streetwear or your back-to-school wardrobe, allowing your personality to radiate brilliantly.

By strategically investing in a select few key pieces, you gain the versatility to metamorphose any occasion and secure lasting quality. Opt for classic tailoring and evergreen styles; you’ll find these investments enduring in taste and timelessness.

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