10 Back to School Fashion Essentials

It’s official. Back-to-school shopping season is upon us and whether we like it or not, it’s time to face the cold reality that calls for warm sweaters, oversized coats, and the unfortunate possibility of drowning in our own layers.

In an attempt to make light of the gloominess that is Fall/Winter, designers held nothing back as they ignored seasonal rules of fashion, and encouraged a sense of daring individuality with optical prints, and bold hues. On otherhand, they took note of staple fall/winter pieces, and threw a chic twist on chunky knits, furs and shoes.

Whether you prefer to make aloud statement through your clothes, or would rather stick to warm knits and simple colour palettes, Fall 2014 is all about getting playful by dressing for your personality and embracing your individuality as you take on another school year.

Here are the top 10 must-have back to school fashion pieces for Fall 2014:

Warm Coats

back to school blanket coat trend

I know what you’re thinking – “Duh! Of course I need a warm coat for fall!” – But not just any old warm coat. Fall 2014 is all about embodying the simple side of fashion, and turning a comfortable day-to-day item into a chic fashion statement. The blanket coat ruled the catwalk at Burberry Prorsum, making it possible for students never to have to leave the warmth of their bed when the coldseems unbearable.

fur coat back to school trend

Shearling was the next best thing to happen to the fall coat, as designers presented more structured jackets lined with the plush material, along with an assortment of chic over-the-top furcoats made for warmth. There are no rules for the fur coat this season, so get playful by opting for a colourful fur of your choice, and get ready to take on the season in a pair of killer knee-high boots to finish off the look.

A Mini

back to school mini skirt trend

Because, what would the quintessential back-to-school girl look be without a mini skirt? Hemlines are (literally) on the rise for Fall 2014 as designers embraced the sense of liberating freedom that only the mini could bring. This classic 60s London trend ruled the catwalks at Louis Vuitton, Valentino, and Miu Miu toname a few, turning this summer staple into a seasonless must-have. The best thing about a mini? It adds the perfect playful, feminine touch to a boring knit sweater, and allows you to show off your favourite fall booties.

Oversized Knit

back to school oversized knit trend

It just wouldn’t be fall without a classic knit sweater to keep us cozy andwarm on those crisp, early mornings. I mean, is there any other trend that has claimed more of our cool weather wardrobes? Despite it’s much anticipated appearance on the Fall 2014 runways, this was not your run-of-the-mill sweater. The new knit is more than just oversized – it’s more of a head-to-toe matching knit suit that allows for complete comfort – perfect for spending long hours cooped upin a classroom. If you aren’t into totally over-the-top knits, pair your oversized sweater with a matching scarf and a feminineskirt for a more structured look.


the new docs back to school shoe trend

Going back to school means trekking from class to class, upstaircases, and through campus after your not-so-difficult decision to ditch for the day. In other words, you’re going to need a comfortable pair of shoes to get you through the week, and what better way to do it than in a cool pair of docs? This edgy, ankle-high boot comes in an assortment of styles and textures, and looks fab when paired with a cool, oversized sweater-dress or a simple pair of fitted bottoms for the ultimate cool-girl look

The Modern Shaped Bag

the new shape bag back to school trend

Forget about heavy backpacks this season and clear your closets for a more modern take on this must-have back-to-school essential. The new shape bag is a hybrid between an everyday handbag and a backpack with its long, round shape, making it a stylish alternative to the boring bag that happens to favour function over fashion. With its potential for artsy designs and eye-catching prints, this modern bag will surely make one chic home for your endless back-to-school supplies.

Cool Trousers

back to school trouser trend

Fall 2014 brought a sense of normalcy to the catwalk as labels like Hugo Boss, Hermes, and Christopher Kane embraced the simplistic beauty of nude hues and navy blues. Bottom trends followed suit, as loose trousers took over as the must-have pants of the season, leaving summer denim in the dust. The best part about trousers? They allow for maximum movement and freedom (meaning total comfort), and happen tolook ultra chic when paired with a fitted jacket and stylish scarf.

A Fur Scarf

fur scarf back to school trend

It’s warm, cozy, fierce, and comes in every colour known to mankind. Enough said.

Chunky jewellery

back to school chunky jewellery trend

This season, catwalks were overwhelmed with regal, oversized necklaces and metallic gold accessories fit for a Queen. Although you may not exactly be the next Kate Middleton, you can easily rock a chunky gold necklace and keep all eyes on you for that first day back at school. Pair a killer statement necklace with a simple outfit for the perfect amount of glam.

Oversized Hat

back to school oversized hat trend

While beanies are a must-have for keeping ears warm in the cold, winter weather, an oversized, textured panama hat is perfect for the days when a hat is only needed for style purposes. Pair that oversized blanket coat with a grey, maroon or black textured panama hat for a chic, ‘I-woke-up-like-this’ look.

Something Kitschy

kitsch back to school trend

While many designers stuck with a simple, normcore approach to fall fashion, others played around with funky prints, gaining inspiration from some of our favourite childhood cartoon characters. From Spongebob Squarepants to Star Wars, and everything in-between, designers gave Fall 2014 fashion a carefree, child-like essence and encouraged a ‘tacky-trendy, anything-goes’ type of style. Whether it be a statement sweater or something as small as a printed iPhone accessory, embrace your individuality this season and show off your personal style in a Kitschy pattern of your choice. Tacky is the new trendy!

Fall/Winter 2014 Trends: Killer Clutches


Look For Less: Olivia Palermo Is Chic In Chambray

Timeless, season-less and extremely versatile, chambray shirts have become an important wardrobe must-have. They can go from girly to tomboyish or from summer to fall, making them the perfect addition to your back to school wardrobe. Olivia Palermo rocked the chambray look while walking her dog in New York city, and looked uber-chic doing it. She addsa touch of glam to her light-washed chambray with a flirty white pleated skirt, giving off the perfect laid-back, yet fab look.

Want to look chic in chambray? Try these pieces:


Classic faux leather handbag (Forever 21, $29.80), Leopard ballet pumps (H&M, $29.95), Kimchi blue climbing vines mini skirt (Urban Outfitters, $69.00), Midnight black ingole sunglasses (Aldo, $12.00), Chambray shirt (American Eagle, $41.16)

reese witherspoon look for less

Look For Less: Reese Witherspoon Has The Fall Blues

It’s that time of year again! As the warm weather slowly fades away it’s time we turn our attention away from the books and onto the booties. Reese Witherspoon’s case of the autumn blues (literally), is the perfect example of how to transition into fall with a chic pair of ankle-high booties and a light coat. The actress mixed and matched her blues and blacks with a navy quilted jacket, black flared skirt, Saint Laurent tote, and ankle boots while out for lunch in L.A.

Gear up for fall like Reese with these pieces:


Kaylan Quilted Jacket (Club Monaco, $269.00), Ankle Boots (H&M, $49.95), Talula Jubilee Skirt (Aritzia, $75.00), Shopper with Metallic Clasp Bag (Zara, $79.90), Military-Inspired Shirt (Forever 21, $21.80), Oversized Cat-Eye Sunglasses (Urban Outfitters, $16.00)


Look For Less: Miranda Kerr’s Sky High Boots

If there’s anything we can learn from Miranda Kerr, it’s that the runway isn’t the only place you can strut your stuff in all the latest trends. Does this girl ever have an off day? Even her two-year-old son Flynn is dressed better than most men out there. The Victoria Secret model made a dramatic exit from her home on the Upper East Side in thigh-high boots and an oversized coat proving that the sky thigh is the limit when it comes to this seasons boot trend. Thigh-high’s are the perfect way to add a little edge to flirty skirts and dresses while keeping your legs warm on cooler days. Keep things simple on top with neutral tones and a comfortable knit sweater for an everyday look that will never fail to turn heads.

Strut your stuff like Miranda in these pieces:

Wollen Wraparound Coat (Zara, $159.00), Black Synthetic Sturmy Boots (Aldo, $130.00), Babaton Erin Sweater (Aritzia, $95.00), Grey Skater Skirt by Annie Greenabelle (TOPSHOP, $45.00), Red Quilted Crossbody (Forever 21, $23.80), UO Oversized Cat-Eye Sunglasses (Urban Outfitters, $16.00)

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Look For Less: Alessandra Ambrosio’s Casual Chic Look

Yes, you are seeing this photo correctly: leather-jogging pants are now a thing. Kanye West even approves so you can officially go ahead and buy a pair! But seriously, celebs like Rihanna, Beyonce, Selena Gomez and, of course, Alessandra Ambrosio all have been spotted using this trend as the latest way to appear casual yet chic. Although they may seem impractical for doing actual exercise, these joggers make a unique addition to your wardrobe and can be dressed up or down with a blazer or casual tee. Alessandra Ambrosio added some extra edge to her bold leather pants with a Bowie graphic tee while running errands in Los Angeles.

Want to look cool yet casual like Alessandra? Try these looks:


Silence + Noise Relaxed Vegan Leather Jogger Pant (Urban Outfitters, $69.00), Wilfred Free Mueller T-Shirt (Aritzia, $40.00), Leonsa Flats (Aldo, $80.00), Mini Fur Shopper Bag (Zara, $99.90)


Look For Less: Gisele Bundchen’s Statement Sweater

Comfy sweaters are the one clothing item that pretty much everybody owns. You just can’t make it through a cold, winters day without one!

This year, designers such as Givenchy and Kenzo have turned the simple trend into more than just your go-to item for those days youdon’t plan on leaving the house… or the couch. The chic fashion sweatshirt not only provides comfort, but can also be incorporated into any trendy look. You can pair it with distressed jeans for a laidback approach or even a cute skirt for a unique, girly look.

Get some inspiration from supermodel Gisele Bundchen, who was spotted wearing Kenzo’s eye-embellished sweatshirt while shopping in New York City. She paired the trend with black distressed denim and leather ankle boots, giving the eye-catching sweater a laidback cool-girl vibe.

Create your own eye-catching look like Gisele with these pieces:


Cropped Sweatshirt with Embroidered Eye (ASOS, $52.51), Splinter Ripped Jeans by the Ragged Priest (Topshop, $84.04), Black Dinoa Ankle Boots (Aldo, $130.00), Limited Edition Leather Shopper Bag (Zara, $99.90), Chain Bracelet (H&M, $5.95)