Okay, lets get started.
I will choose items and place them in 3 or so self-explanatory categories: pocket-friendly (less expensive), i gotta trust fund (more expensive), and my favorite (items that I just personally like in addition to the other choices) or etc.
2 pair of jeans
4 or more graphic tees (or a polo/tee combo)
2 pair of shoes
1 outwear piece (cardigan, jacket)
accessory of choice
The trends you want to keep in mind are the same, but basically at the end of the day you should “do you” just in a really polished way.
POCKET FRIENDLY: Express. Great fit, nice quality, and you really can’t beat their buy one get one half off sale. A pair of their jeans ranges from $50-$90… meaning on the light side you could get 2 pair for $75 (that’s $37.50 each) or at max $135 for 2 pair…. basically its a great deal that I wouldn’t pass up. Plus its tax free weekend for some of you,
I GOTTA TRUST-FUND: Levis. Oh no, not just any Levi’s the oldest pair of Levi’s 501 jeans known- Vintage XX First Blue Rigid Jeans. At 407 bucks and 1 cent, these jeans are probably the purest ode to the classics you can find. If you have the cash, by all means spend away because if it wasn’t for Levis we wouldn’t have the jeans we know and love today.
MY FAVORITE: Nom De Guerre Classic Fit. These jeans are Super sexy, seriously I might melt if I see a guy in these- okay maybe that’s a bit extreme, but you get my drift. They look to be the perfect fit, they’re un-embellished, and they’re dark- so basically they’re a classic pair of designer jeans that are on sale from $250 to $148, niiiice…. and for you lucky brits that’s only £90.
ETC: If you want to choose from a huge variety of denim- ever color, every style, all the fits you can imagine visit Karmaloop.
I GOTTA TRUST FUND: To be honest as far as tees, no one entirely fits this category, but if I had to choose a store I’d say Oki-Ni. But they actually do have a quite a few pocket-friendly choices as well. I like their t-shirts because they’re extremely different and I doubt you’ll see someone else rocking it, so if originality is what you seek- choose Oki-Ni.
For this category, there’s just too many to name. So I’ll give you 3 of my favorite shoes now then I’ll come back later (after I take a nap, I’ve been up for almost 24 hours, crazy I know) and add on a bunch more.
– Converse, well they… hmmm, how can I put this- they’re just really awesome. They have a new make your own shoe feature, and it only cost $62… that’s not much for a custom designed shoe, actually that’s VERY inexpensive.
– There’s nothing, like a nice fresh pair of Vans to start the school year with.
Accessories, Outerwear, and more shoes in Part II