Saturday, September 26, 2009

In a "Private School" Bind

So fall has officially begun and I'm in a pickle. I've always been to private school and so we had uniforms. I haven't had to have a real, functionally fall wardrobe for my entire life. I'm extremely unsure about what to buy for fall. There are a few things that I'd like to buy:

1. Shirt dress (my #1):
Vineyard Vines:

or Lilly:
2. I know I'm going to need khakis. I have them from American Eagle that I wore to school last year but I desperately need to let the hem down. That won't fly in college.

3. Corduroy skirts. I have a pink vineyard vines one, but I'd like one in khaki and navy blue (or maybe black?). Polo + Cable Knit + tights = fall outfit. I'd love to wear that!

3. Sweaters. I have several cable knits and Lillys but I always feel like I could use more. I need a black cable knit and I've seen 2 from forever21 with adorable bows that I covet. One's like camel colored, LOVE IT!

4. Trench coat. There's a traditional one from Old Navy that I LOVE. I have a grey wool pea coat, a bright pink car coat, and a cream Lilly quilted jacket so I have those bases covered. For the really cold days, I have a black North Face fleece (like the rest of the world's population of college students) and a pink parka that I can zip it into.

6. Jeans. I don't need more jeans. I have 3 pairs alone here with me. I may throw in my 4th pair that are super worn out (from wear, not by design) as junky ones.

7. Comfortable flats. I have a few pairs of flats that I love but Nordstroms has 3 pairs that I really want, but obviously won't actually buy all of them (if any, because then again I am a cheap college student):
These are my favorite of the 3. Pearls on flats? It can't get much better!

I've wanted Tory Burch Revas for awhile, but at their price tag, I may have to wait until Christmas or when I start working again over break.

Adorable, fabulous with jeans! Love the patent leather!

8. Boots. I've narrowed it down to 2 pairs from piperlime. These are one of the only purchases I know I'm going to buy. I think its necessary to have a pair of boots to go under jeans, or with jeans tucked in that AREN'T Uggs:

These are the front runners. I love them!

These are my other choice. They're darker brown, but I love the croc at the top!

I need fall shopping help desperately. If there is something that I didn't list please let me know! In SC, it gets just about as cold as it does in MD/PA it just takes longer to get that cold. I really appreciate any input!!


PS. THIS IS POST #100! Who knew a school assignment would go this far!


Preppy 101 said...

Your list sounds good. I would recommend some cotton sweaters for the days when it is cool, but not cold enough for wool yet. Tights are cute with cord skirts when the temps get too chilly for bare legs. The main thing about fall in the South is to layer. It can be very chilly in the a.m. and quite warm in the afternoon, so it is nice to be able to take layers off for comfort!! I also have a denim skirt that is perfect for my fall wardrobe. Lilly P has a darling one, but you can also find them cheaper at other stores! Good Luck!! xoxo

Brunch at Saks said...

Perfect list! Love the Vineyard Vines shirt and the Tory Burch flats! I live in all of my Tory flats year-round! Happy shopping :) XO

Mia said...

congrats on 100 posts katie!

Jill said...

I love the items you've picked for fall! I also like cardigans, they're good on the days it's cool in the morning and warmer in the afternoon.

Happy Shopping!

mFw said...

This is my first school year with out uniforms too! At my school no one dresses up (although I do)! I plan to do lots of jeans and cableknits/cardigans. And from what I've been told the Lilly shirtdress is sold out in a lot of sizes. Happy 100 posts!

College Belle said...

That is a great list! I myself live in cardigans,jeans, and flats in the fall. I would definitely recommend Tory Burchs even though they are a bit pricey. I got one pair for my birthday one year and the other on sale. If you check her website relentlessly, you can usually find a pair of Revas on sale. Any bit off helps! I bought two corduroy skirts just this weekend at Eddie Bauer of all places! Happy 100th post!

Tiffany said...

I just stumbled on your blog from Kelly's Korner and thought I would say hi! Your blog is so cute! Best of luck with your fabulous Fall finds! Have a great week.

Displaced Dixie Prep said...

hey girl, your list sounds great so far! i have to tell you that old navy has denim, cords, and khaki skirts that are wonderful. they also have trench coats and long sweater dresses that look so cute with tights and boots. as for your list of flats, i have the nordstrom flats with the pearls on the front and they are so comfy! also check out the boots called "takedown" at nine west. they are classic riding boots at a pretty good price. also, i think you should splurge on the lilly'll wear it in all seasons!

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

Who makes the shoes with pearls? Love them!!

Kate said...

Great fall picks, especially the dresses!

I wore a uniform up until college too-hard to get used to picking out an outfit every day!

Hannah said...

i came across your blog from a link off of another but i go to carolina too! just wanted to let you know that they have those flats with the pearls on them at just the thing on divine...saw them this afternoon!