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Back-to-School Basics: Stylish Looks for Hitting the Books

School is quickly approaching for many of you, and with that comes wardrobe panic! Look no further. Our favorite bloggers show which back-to-school basics are a must this year. These classic pieces can be worn throughout the year, making getting dressed in the morning a cinch. Going back to school won't be so hard after all!

Brown Messenger Bag

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Sling a brown messenger bag over your shoulder, and you are out the door in style. Once again, this piece is so versatile it works with everything. I love the look of Cara Loren's worn leather bag—the ideal school bag!

Photo: Cara Loren


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Kimonos are my absolute favorite piece to cover up with. They come in all different patterns and fabrics, and look flattering on everyone. I love layering, so this piece works with many outfits. Throw it on over your black skinny jeans with a simple tank, and you have a completely cool school look.

Photo: Sincerely Truly Scrumptious


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There is nothing better than a simple floral sundress, like Mary's from Happily Grey. Grunge it up with a flannel or dress it up with a leather jacket. This basic should be a staple in every back-to-school wardrobe.

Photo: Happily Grey

Black Skinny Jeans

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Black skinny jeans can be worn all year long and can be paired with anything. Black jeans match everything, and they are slimming and flattering for any body shape. Cara Loren looks comfy and chic.

Photo: Cara Loren


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When you are running out the door, a cardigan is easy to grab. Take a note from Christine of Hello Fashion Blog to keep warm and stay chic this school year. You never know how cold it will be in those classrooms!

Photo: Hello Fashion Blog

Boyfriend Shorts

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Although short shorts are fun sometimes, Julie of Sincerely Jules opts for destroyed denim shorts in a classic cut as a modest alternative. You'll look pulled together and effortlessly chic.

Photo: Sincerely Jules

White Blazer

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Everyone needs a classic, tailored blazer in her wardrobe. Dress this jacket up with some black skinny jeans or with your distressed boyfriend shorts for an easy, put-together outfit, like Jennifer's from Native Fox.

Photo: Native Fox

Graphic Tee

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This back-to-school basic is perfect for days when you don't know what to wear. Throw this on with some boyfriend jeans, and you won't be late for class! Plus, we love the playful print of the skinnies worn here by Amber from Barefoot Blonde.

Photo: Barefoot Blonde


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Let's take it back to the '90s with this back-to-school basic. Tie a classic red flannel around your waist, as Ivana of Ivanarevic does here, for a layered look, or wear it for warmth. This is one of my all-time favorite separates. I think I'll always have one in my closet.

Photo: Ivanarevic

Distressed Denim

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Let's be honest. Distressed denim has come a long way since the grunge days. Jade from A Spoonful of Style dons destroyed pants as a chic alternative to traditional blue jeans. They add character to any outfit. I love wearing mine with a comfy graphic tee and a flannel top.

Photo: A Spoonful of Style

Denim Button-Up

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This is a great alternative for all those anti-flannel people out there. Pop a denim button-up on over a sundress, as Julia from Gal Meets Glam does here, or pair it with boyfriend shorts. I love the effortlessly chic look this piece gives. And sometimes it's just the perfect finishing touch to your outfit!

Photo: Gal Meets Glam

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