This post is sponsored by Target, but all text, images, and opinions are all my own! Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Thou Swell running.

Some of my readers may remember that my younger sister Grace and I used to run a small style column on Thou Swell, until around the beginning of this year. Although I loved sharing a bit of sartorial content on the blog, I decided in January to go deeper into the home and entertaining vertical. That being said, I was so excited when Target asked me to share a back to school style post, because it is just so much fun to put together outfits with Grace! Together, we created three looks to rock on campus or off. Let us know which one you like best!

Back to school outfit
Geometric lace cut-out chunky high-heels.

This outfit is easy and comfortable, but with the surprise of some chunky heels. Grace loves these shorts because they have great details, from the cute bow-tie to the metal zippers on the pockets. The tassel necklace and canvas backpack are fun and casual, while the shoes dress things up with a geometric cutout pattern.

Gold chunky wedge sandals with green dress. Three back to school looks on @thouswellblog.
Gold chunky wedge sandals. Three back to school looks on @thouswellblog.

The first look embraces the colors of fall, without settling into the heavy layers quite yet. This dress is the perfect transition piece from summer to fall, and is the perfect pair for gold accessories. I love Target’s selection of modern jewelry and their platform sandals were an instant favorite.

Culotte pants and floral print high-heels.
Culotte pants and floral print high-heels.

This final look is great for going out in style. The wide-leg style culottes are currently trending and look fabulous with Grace’s new favorite floral-patterned high heels. Throw in some more pattern with a plaid clutch, and you’re good to go!

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  1. Love that you still found a way to work home decor into these style posts. Always good to stay true to your aesthetic!

    Josh | The Kentucky Gent

    Posted 9.8.15 Reply
  2. Beth of designPOST interiors wrote:

    I bet you guys had a blast doing this shoot. Grace is beautiful and you pulled together three really fun looks! I love those first shoes!

    Posted 9.3.15 Reply
  3. I’m just going to take a moment and be incredibly feminine: I LOVE the shoes! All of them! The beauty of them all is they can all be dressed up or down, and having worn those particular styles, I know they are all comfy too. Ahh. I do love the laid-back”ness” of the second outfit (just throw on a dress and go), but I am drawn to the class of the third, particularly with the tuck in and the elegance of it all. I love the tie in of the clutch too. Superb Grace, superb!

    Posted 9.3.15 Reply

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