Since yesterday was the unofficial end of summer, it feels a lot like back-to-school. I can’t wait for fall this year, but the feeling of freedom that leaves with summer always makes me a little reluctant to accept the coming season. I always get over the end-of-summer blues by focusing on all of the new clothes I’ll be wearing soon – fall is my favorite season when it comes to fashion. One pattern that I’ve been considering recently is plaid: it always makes me think of cute (and often not-so-cute) school uniforms. I’ve had a serious aversion to the print ever since a phase in my much younger years when I wore flannel shirts, but my serious obsession with this skirt has made me rethink my prior distaste for it. I’m huge on navy and black once there’s a nip in the air, so I decided to pair a neutral plaid shirt with a short, flirty skirt that gets some edge from a faux-leather trim. Tall gray socks keep the look grounded and cozy, while seriously shiny oxfords make a statement and add some fun. Some classic jewels top off the look.

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