Our teen daughter will start a new school in just a couple of weeks at a Catholic prep school, and she needed all new uniforms. She and I had fun yesterday afternoon with a short impromptu photo shoot where she got to try on---and model for me---her new wardrobe from Land's End. When I was a teenager in the eighties, these are the same types of clothes we wore every day, even in the public schools. I love that preppy clothes just never go out of style.
The navy blue blazer (from Land's End) is a must-have at her school this year, and it will get lots of use over the next few years.
With the exception of time spent at chapel and school assemblies, she can hang the blazer in her locker throughout the school day, which is good because many of the school buildings here in the Northeast still don't have air conditioning. This white blouse and slate gray skirt with ballet flats are what she will wear most days of the week. I can't remember where we bought the shoes, but the skirt is from Land's End. And she's borrowing my blouse for this photo because we're still waiting for some of her Land's End oxfords to arrive in the mail. Some serious ironing needs to be done, as you can see!
The blazer can also be paired with a light blue oxford cloth shirt and khaki pants (all from Land's End) with a pair of Sperry Topsiders to mix things up a little throughout the week.
Here's the same outfit sans the blue blazer. That apple came from the tree over her head, by the way, but they are far from ripe. And no, she shouldn't be biting into it with her braces!
And for the days she feels like packing her lunch from home, she has this Vera Bradley blue plaid lunchbag we picked up in Bedford. I hadn't really thought about it matching her school uniforms when I bought it; I just liked the plaid.
As a mother, it is a relief for me to have our school-aged children go to schools where uniforms are mandatory. It prevents many headaches and arguments about what is and isn't appropriate to wear each morning before school. It also greatly reduces the comparing and "sizing each other up" that seems to inevitably occur in middle and high school. The fact that the dress code just happens to appeal to my preppy tastes is an added bonus.
Even though I'd like another month or two of summer, I'm beginning to get back in the school spirit. If only that didn't mean waking up at 5:30 each morning.