back to school with kate spade

And just like that, beach towels and lawn chairs are being cleared from every shelf you see in order to make room for three-ring binders and backpacks. This time of year, “back to school season” if you will, remains a favorite of mine even post graduation. There’s a sense of anticipation in the air as we all look forward to the “freshness” back to school brings, for as battered and weary agendas nation-wide are replaced with pristine, blank ones, we replace the scattered, hectic nature of our summers for a clean, fresh start.


BAG   cameron street mini candace   |   SKIRT   hollyhock double layer skirt   |   COAT   hollyhock coat   |   SHOES   plaid licorice heels   |   SHIRT   sleeveless button down shirt   |   HEADBAND   suede skinny headband   |   EARRINGS   pearl studs

Nothing quite embodies the magic surrounding this time of year quite like Kate Spade‘s newest collection. Dainty florals outlined in crisp black and navy, timeless silhouettes seasoned with a pinch of femininity… I’m immediately transported to cool fall mornings on the Upper East Side, where everyone you pass seems to be put together in that sort of fashion that you only find in New York.

The hint of whimsy and playfulness sewn into each classic, lady-like piece is my absolute favorite characteristic of the look. There’s an air of poise and mischievousness that it exudes. And what good is being poised if there’s no mischief to liven things up as well?

So, friends, whether your classroom is one of literal chalk boards and back packs, or more of the metaphorical sort (in which lies a new season of soaking in all the lessons life has to teach) join me in stepping into the new “school year” ahead in confidence and style.

Love from Texas,


Photography by Angie Garcia

Thank you, Kate Spade, for sponsoring this post. 

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  1. Emily H said:

    Kate, what planner will you be purchasing this year?

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  2. Amanda Marks Gnaedig said:

    That last pic is very Blair Waldorf and I love it!

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  3. Beautiful photos and lovely look! Sometimes I miss the whole magic of starting a new school year! Especially in college, it was such a fun time to move into your new place, see your friends again, and start a fresh semester! Ahh I’m getting nostalgic just thinking about it!

    Laura | Laura Aime Vous

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  4. This is such a classy look! Seriously reminds me of Blair Waldorf! So chic!

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  5. Alyssa Gross said:

    You are totally channeling Blair Waldorf this year!

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  6. So beautifully written, Kate! And that bottom photo – TOO CUTE!

    How 2 Wear It []

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  7. Christiana said:

    Hey I’m pretty sure my sister know you from school. Love your videos and blog. I entered!!!!!!

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  8. Savannah said:

    So I feel like the writing and outfit in this post were a little Gossip Girl inspired and I’m loving it!

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  9. Sara Kate said:

    So, so cute!! You are rocking that mix of prints!

    Sara Kate Styling

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  10. hgreene93 said:

    Love this post Kate!! You are always a class act- but this look in particular is very Jackie O to me.
    Keep doing you!!
    xo Hannah

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  11. Tammy said:

    Lovely Kate :) Your posts always make me smile !!!

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  12. This is seriously the cutest back to school look! I love the shoes!

    Amanda ||

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  13. Katie said:

    This outfit is so cute, Kate! I love how “Gossip Girl” and chic this outfit is!


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  14. Rachel said:

    Oh my gosh Kate! You are so cute! Love the floral pattern mixed with the gingham heels!

    Rachel /

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  15. Marsh said:

    You always look fantastic but this is outfit is a 10!!

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  16. Emma said:

    Hey Kate, Can you do a what’s in my bag?

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  18. Lamont said:

    Love you

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