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Look for Less: Back to School

Look for Less: Back to School

With a little less than two months left of summer break before we all head back to Hyde Park and Fall Quarter classes roll around, there's no harm in transitioning your wardrobe from summer to fall ready pieces. 

Keep reading for MODA's ultimate back-to-school ready looks, inspired by our favorite fashion-savvy screen sirens. 

FOR THE CLASSIC DRESSER:

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Who hasn't dreamed of donning one of Cher's chic, plaid power suits at some point in their academic career? Modernize this quintessential schoolgirl look by mixing tried and true pieces (e.g. a fitted blazer, pleated skirt or brogues) with jeans, sneakers or a favorite band tee.

The key to pulling off the uniform look in a campus setting is to not go overboard with patterns and matching suit sets, but to integrate these items with your own personal style. Whoever said button downs don't pair well with combat boots? 

FOR THE STATEMENT MAKER:

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Blair and Serena always managed to tie together even the most absurd of outfits with a statement bag or accessory, so take note. Clashing patterns and prints can be fun, especially when well executed, but it's important to ground even the loudest of looks in a classroom setting.

Establish a sense of cohesiveness, whether that be in color, silhouette or overall aesthetic, with your accessories while keeping in mind that jewelry should always add something to a look. As Coco Chanel once preached "I always take off at least one piece of jewelry before I leave the house... to ensure that I am not 'overdoing' it." 

FOR THE RULE BREAKER: 

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For many of us, Mia Sara's portrayal of Sloane Peterson, Ferris Bueller's edgy younger girlfriend, represented the epitome of cool. From her fringed jacket to her high-waisted shorts, channel your inner Sloane by layering oversize, tomboyish looks with more feminine pieces.

For instance, a delicate lace blouse or heeled booties pair surprisingly nicely with distressed jeans and a vintage moto jacket. Don't be afraid to mix and match masculine and feminine silhouettes to master this effortless, laid-back look. Accessorize sparingly and subtly. 

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What are some of your favorite back-to-school inspired looks? Let us know in the comments below! 

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