3 Easy Back-to-School Outfit Formulas to Wear — Drop-Offs, Meetings, and Work

3 easy back to school outfits for fall

Huge thanks to Kohl’s and ShopStyle Collective for sponsoring this post

The start of school is always a busy time of year, so today I’m partnering with Kohl’s and ShopStyle Collective to share three easy outfit formulas so that you can tackle your to-do list while still looking and feeling good! We’ll talk through some easy (and very affordable!) outfits you can wear, whether you are simply heading out for drop-offs and pickups, need to meet with teachers or parents, or need to get dressed up a little for work. There’s something for whatever you have going on!

Kohl’s has tons and TONS of items that take care of all your needs. I have been loving their casual items, from basics, like great, affordable denim, to fun statement tops and dresses. In fact, most of my summer wardrobe has been made up of great finds from Kohl’s! They also have workwear and activewear options, among many other things. Really, you can find something for all the activities you’re part of! I also love being able to order online and utilize Kohl’s in-store and curbside pickup options, which makes it really convenient to shop.

Right now, Kohl’s is offering free shipping on orders over $35, plus an EXTRA 20% off through 8/14 with code GOSHOP20, which means you can get some great pieces for fall and feel put together without breaking the bank!

Let’s talk through some easy outfits that you can wear for the back-to-school season!

SIZING: I’m 5’6″ and usually S/M or 6 in clothes and 8.5 to 9 in shoes.

 

Casual Back to School Fall Outfit: blue Kohl's Simply Vera Vera Wang Relaxed Fit Textured Tee + Supersoft Midrise Straight-Leg Jeans light wash + taupe Catahoula Women's Slip-On Shoes + Bracha gold pendant necklace + grey crossbody bag + tan sherpa hoodie Casual Back to School Fall Outfit: blue Kohl's Simply Vera Vera Wang Relaxed Fit Textured Tee + Supersoft Midrise Straight-Leg Jeans light wash + taupe Catahoula Women's Slip-On Shoes + Bracha gold pendant necklace + grey crossbody bag + tan sherpa hoodie side view Casual Back to School Fall Outfit: blue Kohl's Simply Vera Vera Wang Relaxed Fit Textured Tee + Supersoft Midrise Straight-Leg Jeans light wash + taupe Catahoula Women's Slip-On Shoes + Bracha gold pendant necklace + grey crossbody bag + tan sherpa hoodie close up Casual Back to School Fall Outfit: blue Kohl's Simply Vera Vera Wang Relaxed Fit Textured Tee + Supersoft Midrise Straight-Leg Jeans light wash + Bracha gold pendant necklace + grey crossbody bag + tan sherpa hoodie close upCasual Back to School Fall Outfit: Supersoft Midrise Straight-Leg Jeans light wash + grey crossbody bag + tan henley sherpa hoodie Casual Back to School Fall Outfit: Supersoft Midrise Straight-Leg Jeans light wash + grey crossbody bag + tan henley sherpa hoodie side view Casual Back to School Fall Outfit: Supersoft Midrise Straight-Leg Jeans light wash + grey crossbody bag + tan henley sherpa hoodie close up

1. Casual for Drop-Offs & Errands: T-Shirt or Cozy Pullover + Relaxed Jeans
A lot of you have expressed how casual wear has you stumped sometimes, so here is one combo you can wear to step up your casual outfits while keeping it low key.

Go for relaxed jeans and a t-shirt or sweatshirt with some style and character! I often say that good style starts with having the right pieces, and that is incredibly key for casual style. Here, I’m wearing a top that is a step up from a basic t-shirt, but it is still a t-shirtand it’s as comfy and as low key as one! It has some texture and is a little thicker than typical tees, so even though I’m basically just wearing a t-shirt, it looks more polished. This comes in a lot of colors, which you can check out HERE. I sized up to size L for a looser and relaxed fit, and I’m wearing the color Moonbeam Blue, which is much more blue in person than it looks on Kohl’s site. The color is closer to the color in my pictures above.

You can also opt for a simple graphic tee like THESE. Those are pretty thick and come in a lot of different prints. And they’re just $7.99 right now! I wear those in size S.

When the weather cools, you can wear a long sleeve tee and a sweatshirt or cozy pullover instead. The henley sherpa hoodie that I’m wearing above is cozy but lightweight, and it’s soft! It comes in 8 colors, including a couple of prints, and it’s currently only $27.99 with the code GOSHOP20! Check it out, HERE. I sized up to M for a bit of a looser fit. Size S fit fine, but it made me look a little boxier compared to the more loosely fitting M.

Also, these jeans are a pretty good, affordable option that are soft and have a good amount of stretch! They are a straight leg cut, but I rolled them up to give them a slightly more relaxed vibe. They come in several washes, and they are just $22.39 right now, HERE! Plus size options are available HERE, and petite lengths in the grey wash are available HERE. I wear size 6, which started out fitting just right and conformed more and more to my body as I continued to wear them. One note is that the rise is slightly lower than an average mid-rise.

Shop the Outfit:
Top: Kohl’s (exact—wearing size L)
Pullover Hoodie: (exact—wearing size M)
Jeans: Kohl’s (exact—wearing size 6)
Shoes: (similar—wearing size 8.5)
Bag: (similar)
Necklace: (similar)

 

Dressy Casual Outfit for Back to School Fall: red Kohl's Sonoma Goods For Life Print Flutter-Sleeve Swing Top + brown girlfriend jeans + tan suede flats + grey crossbody bagDressy Casual Outfit for Back to School Fall: red Kohl's Sonoma Goods For Life Print Flutter-Sleeve Swing Top + brown high-waisted boyfriend jeans + tan suede flats + gold initial pendant + grey crossbody bag side view Dressy Casual Outfit for Back to School Fall: red Kohl's Sonoma Goods For Life Print Flutter-Sleeve Swing Top + brown high-waisted boyfriend jeans + gold initial pendant + grey crossbody bag close up

2. Meetings: Elevated Casual Top + Jeans or Corduroys
This is a combo you can wear for meetings with teachers or parents, or even for a more casual work setting. Choose a nicer casual top like this and pair it with jeans or other casual pants like corduroys. Easy!

This top is nicer than a t-shirt but not as dressy as a blouse. It’s the perfect in-between piece that allows you to dress up a bit without being dressy. This top in particular is really soft and lightweight and very easy to wear. And it’s only $22.39! It comes in several prints that you can check out HERE. Plus size options are available HERE and petite sizes HERE.I wear size S.

You can pair this top with blue jeans, like the ones I’m wearing in the first outfit, or you can change it up a little and go for brown girlfriend jeans like the ones here. These jeans are a loosely fitting girlfriend cut with denim that is pretty soft and also has some stretch, so they are pretty comfortable. And, they’re currently $27.99! They come in 6 colors, which you can check out HERE. Plus size options are available HERE, and some in petite sizing that look very similar, HERE. I’m wearing size 6, but this pair loosens up over time, so I would recommend going with your normal size if you want something a little more relaxed looking and then try sizing down if you want something more fitted.

Shop the Outfit:
Top: Kohl’s (exact—wearing size S)
Jeans: Kohl’s (exact—wearing size 6)
Shoes: (similar)
Bag: (similar)
Necklace: (similar)

 

Back to School Fall Outfit for Work: red and pink wrap dress + brown suede pumps + tan tote Back to School Fall Outfit for Work: red and pink wrap dress + brown suede pumps + tan tote side view Back to School Fall Outfit for Work: Kohl's red and pink wrap dress + brown suede heels + Nordstrom BP tan tote bag looking down Back to School Fall Outfit for Work: red and pink short sleeve knee length wrap dress + brown suede pumps + tan tote side view close up

3. Work: Dress
Last, make getting dressed for work really easy and wear a dress! With a dress, you only need to think about one piece and can look polished and professional instantly. It’s a great option, especially during the back-to-school season when things are a little more hectic than normal!

This dress is VERY comfy! I showed it recently in another print, and it’s such a good find, especially for the price, that I’m sharing it in this red print, too. It’s stretchy and easy to move around in, and it’s ONLY $19.20!! Just throw on some heels or flats, and you’ll be ready for work in seconds! Check it out in 3 prints, HERE. Find a similar dress in plus sizes HERE and in petite sizes HERE. I’m wearing size M.

Shop the Outfit:
Dress: Kohl’s (exact—wearing size M; similar—I wear size M)
Shoes: (similar, similar)
Bag: (similar)

Those are three super simple outfit formulas that you can wear as you head back to school. I hope this helps you get dressed and feel put together easily during the busyness that happens during the start of school!

Remember, you can get an extra 20% off some already amazing prices at Kohl’s through 8/14 with code GOSHOP20! Shop for back to school, HERE!


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