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Back to School Style for Grown-Ups

Posted on | August 17, 2012 | 6 Comments

The hot hot summer has begun to cool and soon it’s time for back to school.

Since I’m not a teacher and no longer a student, and since my son is still in diapers, I can think about the first day of school without panic. (Though I do still have that recurring dream about not knowing where any of my classes are…)  Memories of the first day of school are heavy with nostalgia for me and, I imagine, for many of you.  I was a nerd kid, and I used to lay out all of my school supplies on the carpet just to look at them in the weeks before the first day of school.

Those college-ruled notebooks—never wide-ruled; the wide-ruled ones were for babies—seemed so full of possibility, with all their blank pages. I would organize rows of markers by color, maybe the smelly Mr. Sketch kind if the teacher allowed it. I’d tap at the buttons of my slick new calculator, which I would never use to spell the word “boobs” out of sixes, zeroes, and fives.

I won’t be headed to a classroom after Labor Day, like so many family members and teacher friends will be doing. But I can still embrace my inner geek with snippets of back-to-school style.


Clockwise from top left: Memo notebook mug from Fishs Eddy, vintage plaid bag from Etsy Seller Yesterdayand2day, CONCENTRATE pencils from Etsy Seller TheBigHarumph, saddle shoes from Etsy Seller animalheadvintage.


6 Responses to “Back to School Style for Grown-Ups”

  1. annie
    August 17th, 2012 @ 12:12 pm

    love, love, love (right down to the comment about wide-ruled being for babies)! i am such a back-to-school nerd, too… this time of year makes me even more thrilled than usual to be a teacher. i want that mug, for sure.

  2. Glamamom
    August 21st, 2012 @ 5:38 pm

    Love Fishs Eddy!

  3. Kristin
    August 24th, 2012 @ 7:35 pm

    Those saddle shoes are adorable!

  4. Monica
    August 25th, 2012 @ 4:02 am

    I love that coffee mug.

  5. Claudia
    August 29th, 2012 @ 8:47 am

    Really beautiful stuffs!

  6. Style Maniac
    September 4th, 2012 @ 4:59 pm

    That same dream haunts me: I’ve never been to class, I have to take an exam, I don’t even know where the classroom is … what is up with that?? Maybe a sign of stress?

    Cute cup.

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