Back to School Style Essentials


For as long as I can remember, I have always been really excited about the last two weeks of August. It started when the school mailed out the class lists for the year. I was so excited to see who I was going to spending the year with. Then came the back-to-school shopping! I turned into a kid in a candy store when we went to browsed the school supplies section. Binders. Pens. Notebooks. Rulers. Geometry Sets. Oh yeah, I'm a huge nerd. And then mom would take my sister and I to the mall for back-to-school clothes. And this is where I went from kid in a candy store to a maniac professional shopper. Even though I am no longer a student, the back-to-school excitement still hits me. Maybe it's the changing of seasons. Maybe it's just nostalgia. Either way, over the next few weeks I'm talking about all your back-to-school essentials from my favorite products to style to food to fitness to the city's best work spaces.

Let's kick things off by talking about all the back-to-school style essentials. I partnered with my lovely friend, Brooklyn, again (You'll remember her from this post.) to bring you the comfiest, coziest and cutest fall wardrobe essentials.


Your back-to-school wardrobe is incomplete without the perfect pair of boots. These Blundstones are perfect for fall in Calgary. They can be worn with leggings, jeans or even a cute dress for those warmer fall days. These boots also feature a shock dispersion technology. The boots absorb energy at impact that would otherwise be absorbed by your feet. This keeps your feet happy for those long treks across campus!

Find Blundstones here:

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Jean Jacket

The jean jacket is essential for any and every occasion. You never know when you need a comfy cover up for the more blustery days. Jean jackets are perfect to layer over a dress or add some comfy chic to your #OOTD. Jean jackets are available nearly everywhere. Brooklyn's  jacket is from Value Village.

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Like the jean jacket, a cardigan is a classic fall wardrobe piece. Dressed up or down, the trusty cardigan will keep you warm in class, block the chill when you are running between classes or give your Saturday morning brunch a comfy, chic vibe. Brooklyn's cardigan is from Twik.

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Black Tote

I'm a HUGE fan of big bags. I'm the person who takes the entire content of her house with her everywhere, so having a big tote bag is a year-round essential for me. A tote is large enough to carry your notebooks, laptops, books, camera, and whatever else you need. And a black tote is neutral, so it goes with everything! If there's anything I look for in a new wardrobe piece, it's versatility. Brooklyn's tote is from Joe Fresh.

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Plaid Shirt

Oh yeah. We're channeling our inner lumberjacks this fall. Plaid shirts are the epitome of lazy chic (aka my favorite personal style!). They are comfortable, cozy and perfect with leggings, socks, cute books and a chunky scarf. And a PSL. If you're into those. Brooklyn's shirt is from Roots Canada.

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Other Essentials

We also love these wardrobe items for fall:

  • Velvet Dress
  • Knee High Socks
  • Grey Nail Polish
  • Taylor Swift's Incredible Things

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What are you favorite back-to-school wardrobe pieces? Let me know in the comments below or post a photo on Instagram with #bourbonandhoneystyle! I want to see you favorite fall essentials!

Next time we are talking about the coolest products to add to your back-to-school shopping list!

Until then,

XO _ britt