Adventures in Back to School Shopping

Every school year, I decide to reinvent myself. When I first started high school I decided that I was going to dress in a more classic way, ditching my bright vans and graphic tees of middle school. Sophomore year I thought I dressed way too mature, so I decided I needed to add more casual pieces. Somewhere in my clashing style identities, mixing the clothes I naturally gravitated towards and the style I thought I should adopt, I’ve found a sort of balance in picking pieces that are classic and streamlined, as well as edgier items. Instead of picking clothes to create a new personal style, this shopping adventure, I bought some good staple items that can be worn throughout the fall and winter depending on how they’re styled.

The first stop in my back to school shopping was H&M. I usually find most of my shirts at H&M, and I was not disappointed. In the top row, I found a burnout, grey t-shirt (left), a black and white stripe-y sweatshirt style shirt (middle), a thin white sweater that is quite thin and draped (and will be really great for layering with cardigans/flannels) (right). In the second row, I bought two pairs of ponte pants in grey and black (which are pretty much just thick leggings that are much closer to pants than traditional leggings) that will be a nice substitute for jeans and can be dressed up or made casual very easily. I just noticed too that for all the things I bought from H&M, everything I bought is in varying shades of black, white, and grey and that’s true for most of my clothes. And I found out that H&M has a 15% student discount that isn’t really advertised very much, but it’s sweet to use if you’re a student.

After H&M, I made my way to American Eagle with a 20% coupon in tow to combine with the 10 dollar off all jeans sale and the discount on clearance sale to buy some jeans. I highly recommend waiting to buy jeans from American Eagle/Aerie until there’s a sale because they happen often, plus combined with a coupon you can get jeans for a pretty sweet deal. The two jeans I bought are the Sky High jeggings in Indigo (super duper high rise jeans that reach about waist level on my body) (left) and the Destroyed Hi-Rise Festival in Maroon (not nearly as high rise as the jeggings) (right). The nice thing about these two pairs of pants is that I saved $38.00 on this purchase using both my coupon and the in store sales, and I know this denim is going to last for a really long time. 
I haven’t bought a pair of riding boots since I was a sophomore in high school and bought brown Steve Madden boots that had a destroyed heel in less than 6 months. Since then, I’ve expanded my boot repertoire to contain boots that are a lot heavier and chunkier. I went to Nordstrom during their sale in search of a pair of less chunky, feminine ankle boots, but ended up instead buying a pair of almost knee high Same Edelman Pembrooke boots. These boots are a gorgeous suede and matte leather combination that makes quite striking, unique boot. The cut is very in line with the equestrian trend and the silver hardware in the side buttons and the back zipper keep the aesthetic very classic. During the Nordstrom sale, the boots were almost $70.00 cheaper than normal and the great price and the quality of shoe make it a steal since these boots are likely to last for age while keeping their integrity. 
Before I left my city’s downtown, I went to Nike to pick up a new pair of jogging shoes to replace my heavy, painful old ones I’ve had since my 7th grade attempt to compete in cross country. I bought the Nike Air Pegasus Zoom in the snazzy azure blue and pink color. I got these shoes on sale as well, but I put the normal price because why not. I’ve only jogged about two miles in these shoes, but so far they feel really nice and supportive, whilst still being light on my feet.
I hope you liked this haul! Once college gets in the swing on things, I plan to do some lookbook/styling posts about outfits and I can guarantee I’ll use clothes from this shopping trip. Also, be on the look out for more back to school things, like clothes shopping, school supplies shopping, and dorm posts. 
P.S. I included the prices on these items just in case anyone is interested in purchasing them and wants to know how much they cost. 


After many times of restarting, deleting, rewriting, and deliberating I’ve decided to give this blog another attempt with a more clear direction.

The Traveling Curl is a blog about my life. A place where I can write about all of the experiences I have and the outfits I wore and the food I ate and all of the wonderful places I’ve visited. Writing has always been my medium of expression since I was a child and has helped me convey my feelings and describe my experiences. Later this summer (actually in a few weeks) I’ll be starting college, which is really exciting and terrifying. The situation of being in college is so new and exciting that I think a lot of the moments will get away from my memory. I think that writing about my times in college will really help me connect in a meaningful way with the happenings of college life. But along with that I want to write about my interests in fashion and food and travel, so hopefully this blog can serve as the place for me to do that. There’ll be posts about my classes, outfits, life, food, and tons of other things.