These Are the Two Staples You Need for All of Your Back to College Outfits
Ah, back to school shopping. It’s a uniquely giddy feeling, isn’t it? There’s nothing like that September shopping trip to get you excited for the new school year and all the opportunities that lie ahead. So today, we’re teaming up with Walmart to show you how to rock two very necessary wardrobe staples all across campus. When you want one piece of clothing to go a long way, looking to basics is the oldest trick in the book. Both the NoBo U-Neck Elevated Tee and NoBo Juniors Knit Cami have got us saying #whoawaitwalmart — we’re seriously impressed with these two basics. Each top is super affordable and comes in tons of different colors, so you’ll get more bang for your buck — and have more money to spend on textbooks and pizza :)
Keep scrolling to see how we styled each shirt for every back to college occasion — from lecture hall to off-campus hangs and everything in between. First up, the classic and comfy cami.
Psst! Short on time? Use Walmart Pickup! It’s a great option to build each outfit online, order the goodies and then pick ’em up in store!
THE CLASSIC CAMI
One in every color, please! Of course, this staple is a great layering number, but it’s just as wearable on its own. Check out our three favorite ways to wear it below.
OFFICE INTERN #OOTD
Sure, it varies office to office, but the trick to nailing office attire around here is balancing formal, casual and fun pieces. Pair the cami with a midi skirt, textured tights and a pop of pattern for a quality work uniform. On colder days, toss on a blazer and call it a day!
Side note: We want a step-by-step guide on this amazing braid, stat. Tweet at us if you want our beauty editor to write a tutorial ;)
THE LECTURE LOOK
As a gal who has sat in many a lecture hall, take it from me: comfy clothes are VIP. The class will pass MUCH more quickly when clothes don’t get in the way. Layer the cami with an open sleeveless Oxford blouse, pants with a bit of stretch (we’re actually in love with these jeggings, which Irene pulls off better than anyone we’ve ever seen) and slip-on ballet flats for an easy breezy outfit.
Um, we also need to sing our praises about this reversible tote. It’s beautiful, crazy affordable and somehow goes with *every* outfit. Win, win, win.
Here’s the most underrated perk of college: a free gym membership! Take advantage of the free campus facilities in style in some colorful workout wear. The cami is a go-to option for you gals who like form-fitting fitness apparel.
Psst — we’re secretly so happy that waist-tied sweaters are back in style. They’re just so dang convenient.
THE TRIED + TRUE U-NECK TEE
Onto the U-Neck tee of our dreams! This baby is crazy soft and flatters tons of different body types.
THE BRUNCH UNIFORM
Pair the U-Neck tee with a flirty skirt, tights and booties in a classic autumn color palette. Top it off with some personalized accessories — like this amazing headwrap our beauty editor made out of a swatch of fabric!
TBH, this outfit could be worn anywhere. To class, during Parent’s Weekend, out shopping — you name it. But your bestie brunch date will no doubt be Instagrammed, and this amazing DIY headwrap should *definitely* be photographed!
FOR THE FREAKIN’ WEEKEND
Our go-to weekend ‘fit? One that’s just as cozy as it is trendy. Layer a long cardigan over the U-Neck, toss on a pair of athleisure pants, grab your favorite hat and get relaxin’!
Pro tip: Toss on some statement jewelry to easily personalize and elevate the look.
DATE NIGHT DONE RIGHT
We’ve saved the best for last — this amazing date night ensemble! If you ask us, the ideal basic is one that is super flattering yet lets other pieces shine — and this one does exactly that. The pants take the main stage here, but that burgundy tee is most definitely a best-supporting actress :)
Bonus: Feeling adventurous? These pants can actually be worn a number of different ways. Try tying the base of the pants in a loose knot to switch it up. Genius!
There you have it! Two shirts, six looks and endless #OOTD possibilities. Happy back to school shopping, y’all!
What’s your favorite look of the bunch? Share with us on Twitter @BritandCo!
This post is a collaboration with Walmart.
Author + Production: Maddie Bachelder
Makeup, Hair + Styling: Misty Spinney
Photography: Chris Andre
Model: Irene Lee
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)