Open Thread: Can You Remember Your Best Back-to-School Look?

Every kid knows summer is the opportune time to paint over your identity. Show up to school with eyeliner after a weekend and you’re trying too hard; show up to school an entirely new person after summer and you’re totally fine. Like, of course you’re completely different after three months! This class-wide understanding was all the more reason to place undue importance on your back-to-school LEWK, right?

Did anyone else spend all of August thinking about what they were going to wear? In my mind, what I wore on my first day of school was tantamount to submitting my application for a social upgrade. I’m going to skip right over the fact that it never worked, because whatever, and instead give it even more retroactive importance by way of making you all tell me about yours. Because I remember some of my outfits with disproportionate clarity and imagine I’m not the only one.

I think my most memorable was 8th grade: A tight, white and pink striped off-the-shoulder shirt from Guess with loose, straight-legged jeans from Gap and pink leather slipper-slides from Steve Madden that were bedazzled — yes, bedazzled — with silver rhinestones. How cool!!!!

Which was your best/most absurd? 300 points to Gryffindor if you have a photo.

Photographed by Krista Anna Lewis, styled by Elizabeth Tamkin; wearing Tibi shirt and skirt, American Apparel sweater, Camilla Elphick shoes, Lucy Folk earrings and Karen Walker glasses.


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