Fashionistas and clothes-wearing friends, thank you for popping in for the Ageless Style 08.2021: Back to School. This series is hosted by my friend Carrie from A Simple Lovely Life and 7 of her blogging buddies. Honored to be joining this stylish group of fashion bloggers.
AGELESS STYLE LINK UP
The Ageless Style Link Up is series that goes live on the third Thursday of the month. For each post one of the gals in the group selects a theme then all of us put together a look or looks reflecting it. Last month’s theme was ‘‘summertime sporting event,’ was chosen by Jodie at Jodie’s Touch of Style. You can check out that post, here. I shared my love of RBX activewear. Usually buy mine at Marshall’s but you can also find it online.
Ageless Style 08.2021
This month’s prompt, ‘back to school,’ was chosen by yours truly. Since the new school year is commencing in most communities, I thought it would be fun to style a back to school look to celebrate. I suggested maybe the gals would share a school in their area as the setting for their photos. But that is for *extra credit*!! On our way to church last Sunday, in between rain showers, I asked PC to take the pictures for my post on the University of Texas, El Paso (UTEP) campus. Here’s how they turned out.
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Back to School
When I first began thinking about what to wear for the Ageless Style 08.2021 post, I planned to go with an outfit like I would have worn as high school Leslie. Going back to Bartlett High in Tennessee. Most likely, 16 year-old me would have worn a skirt and top on that first day. Switching gears, I started thinking that instead I would put together a look that elementary school librarian Leslie would have worn. Which would have looked a lot like what high school Leslie wore. Most likely a skirt and blouse with heels. And a cardi to keep me warm if the AC was cranked up.
the outfit that made that final cut was a little different for me. Instead of thinking like and showcasing a high school senior or an elementary librarian’s look, I decided that if I were going back to school it would be as an administrator!! Ha!! Either a principal or the library administrator for the school district. PC suggested that I should think even bigger and go for look that says superintendent!! I liked that. Dream big or go home.
Here’s what I put together.
I wanted to dress professionally for my imaginary new position overseeing the El Paso Independent School, the 12th largest district in the Lone Star State. But I also wanted to be comfortable. And weather-wise. Started building this outfit around Loft Julie (curvy) fit, slim, cropped pants in black. I have several pairs of these pants in different colors and consider them about the most professional trousers I own. They have the right amount of stretch to keep them comfortable while still holding their shape.
Added a short sleeve, mock neck Loft Outlet top in a leopard print. The length of the sleeves, hitting just above the elbow, makes this a seasonless favorite. And leopard is still a popular print.
What says professional – as in ‘I mean business’ – better than a blazer?? Especially this J Crew single breasted blazer in camel. While mine doesn’t get enough love, it’s hard to make a blazer work with yoga pants, tank tops, tennies and the vacuum cleaner as an accessory.
Added nude peep toe heels that are more comfortable than the leopard pumps I really wanted to wear. Pearl studs and a black and gold bead necklace. Picked up my Nine West bag at the First Baptist Church’s Clothes Closet for $1. Bargain!! It has a great leopard lining that makes the purse a little fancier.
The University of Texas – El Paso or UTEP is a beautiful campus with an impressive reputation. From the university website:
“The University of Texas at El Paso is one of the largest and most successful Hispanic-serving institutions in the country, with a student body that is over 80% Hispanic. It enrolls nearly 25,000 students in 166 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in 10 colleges and schools. With more than $100 million in total annual research expenditures, UTEP is ranked in the top 5% of research institutions nationally and fifth in Texas for federal research expenditures at public universities.” [source]
Originally named the Texas State School of Mines and Metallurgy, UTEP opened in 1914. It features beautiful Bhutanese architecture on all of its buildings. The UTEP athletic teams are called the Miners and the mascot is Paydirt Pete. For today’s photos, I chose to stand beside a massive iron pick that is one of the symbols of the university. They can be found across campus and around El Paso, as well.
Can you see me under there?? Huge pick, huh?
There I am!! Ready to take on the world…or at least the El Paso ISD in my dreams!!
If you look closely below, I have a death grip on my leopard face mask. In El Paso, we are back to wearing masks in all public indoor spaces. As of Thursday, when this post goes live, the El Paso ISD is requiring all students and adults to wear masks, too.
A couple of weeks ago, I was offered a long term library sub job at a nearby elementary school where I have worked before. Was kind of excited about planning library lessons and being among books and babies again. But the district didn’t approve a substitute in the position. Now the school has begun interviewing for a new librarian so it will soon be filled. I keep hanging onto my blazers and trousers, just in case I get the call to go back to work. In the meantime, I guess I can wear them to church.
If you were heading back to school, what would you wear? Did you have a official school uniform you were required to wear back in the day? Or maybe you had a outfit formula you wore so often it became your school ‘uniform’. I never felt comfortable wearing pants all the way through school, even in college. Was more of skirt and heels gal.
Hope you will take a few minutes to visit the Ageless Style 08.2021 back to school posts of my friends. Like you, I am anxious to see what they styled for this month’s prompt.
Amy ~ Amy’s Creative Pursuits
Cammi ~ My Happy Place
Carrie ~ A Simple Lovely Life
Daenel ~ Living Outside the Stacks
Jamie ~ No Delusions of Grandeur
Jodie ~ Jodie’s Touch of Style
Leslie ~ Once Upon a Time and Happily Ever After
Mireille ~ Chez Mireille Fashion Travel Mom
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Enjoyed a quiet day at home. Knocked out ALL of my ironing. Took a walk, finished a book, worked on this post and did a little crafting on my third altered house, check them out, here. Hope you had a good day, too!! Thanks for spending a little time here with me.
Hugs and kisses,