Back to school season is upon us and whether you’re headed back to school, college, University or, erm, none of the above, we’ve hit down on your wardrobe staples…

Top of your style shopping list should be a coat. Not a heavy duty winter coat just yet: ease yourself into September’s sun with a midweight number that boasts a neutral hue and plenty of statement charm. The Check Borg Coat at Miss Selfridge (£79) is our top pick – pair it with skinny jeans and a T-shirt for no-fuss 5-minute dressing.

We never thought we’d hear ourselves say that you should really be lookin’ to slot in some varsity time to your style schedule. Perfect for tucking into a skater skirt, paring right down with casual leggings or layered with a knit and Mom jeans, we adore the Burgundy Linen Mix Top (£20) for an undeniably British ease.

If there’s one area of expertise we can boast about at Aesthetic House, it’s the handbags territory. For an affordable, great-for-everyday choice, relax the Mulberry Bayswater and opt for a good old Zara number to cart around school planners, pencilcases, make-up bags and lunchboxes. The Multi-colour Suede Shopper Bag (£29.99) is perfect for a multitude of looks and we just love the unique shopper handles that can be relaxed for shoulder strap alternatives.

Slip in one of the season’s biggest trends with some tartan. If your school is a little strict on prints, simply throw a black cable knit cardigan over the top and let the red hues peek out from the Tartan Tee (£30).

For your autumn/winter boot essential, keep things classic and, well, wearable. Trust us, those extra 5 minutes in bed will be so worth it in exchange for samey-same boots that are still perfectly on trend. We love these Black Two-Tone Chelsea Boots by River Island (£45).

Finally, what item of clothing is more back-to-school worthy than a scarf? Whether you’re 5, 15 or 25, a scarf signifies the start of a new season and the promise of cosier times to come. Perfect for early morning Maths, cold commutes and in-between shift nap time. Try the Deborah Autumn Stripe Snood at Accessorize (£25).

Shop the edit:

(Check Borg Coat, £79, Miss Selfridge;
Burgundy Linen Mix Top, £20, Topshop;
Multi-colour Suede Shopper Bag, £29.99, Zara;
Tartan Tee, £30, Topshop;
Black Two-Tone Chelsea Boots, £45, River Island;
Deborah Autumn Stripe Snood, £25, Accessorize.)

Michelle Chai is a self-confessed colour avoider, avid coffee enthusiast, multi-tasker extraordinaire and, by night, a regular fashion blogger at Daisybutter. She edits Aesthetic (both online and print) and really enjoys her ongoing quest for the perfect knit. FYI, this one came close to nabbing the title.


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