Back to School Wardrobe Basics


It’s that time of year when an crisp fall breeze blows through, the students start piling back into their Cambridge colleges, and the lazy days and floaty white dresses of summer are slowly pushed aside in favour of a fresh new look for the season and all my favourite autumnal pursuits; bike rides, afternoons in the museum, and hours spent reading in my favourite spots around town.

Come September, I start to rotate my seasonal wardrobe (feminine sundresses and sandals are slowly packed away to make room for cashmere and denim) and find myself craving the preppy Cambridge sensibility I always seem to turn to at this time of year.

I love the look of those ‘back to school’ basics; classic blue jeans teamed with striped tees, navy blazers and crisp oxford shirts. Although I’ll add a few more trend-led items and replace a few of my most well-worn pieces each season, these are the same basic wardrobe staples I have been wearing for years.


While some things may have changed in my wardrobe over the years (these days it more about quality over quantity, and staying true to my own style vs being swayed by every passing trend Vogue tells me I should buy into), others will always remain the same. I still want to team a new pair of shoes with my lived-in old jeans, or a new party skirt with a classic shirt.

I’ve been loyal to Gap since my university days, and for over a decade they’ve always been one of my first stops for the most comfortable jeans I own, the perfect basic tees, and the Oxford shirts that for form the basis of my 9-5 wardrobe. I’m thrilled to be collaborating with them this season to prove that regardless of where you are in life, the classic never go out of style. And really, it’s nice to know that whether you’re 18 or 48, there are some things that always look and feel right.

a-girl-a-style-_-do-you-1a-girl-a-style-_-cambridge-prepsterWearing: Gap striped tee (comes in 4 colours) c/- // Gap ‘girlfriend’ jeans c/- // Gap gingham shirt c/- // ASOS hat // Chanel bag // Mulberry shoes (old, but similar style here) // Kenneth Jay Lane necklace (similar style here) // Michael Kors watch // Karen Walker sunglasses // ‘Everybody Rise’ book.

From Friday 16th – 23rd September, I’m excited to be taking over the windows of the Cambridge and London Oxford Street flagship stores, and you’ll also find a curated selection of my favourite pieces for the season ahead in-store (those very wardrobe staples I reach for year after year, and which never go out of style). I hope you love the pieces as much as I do; I know your wardrobe will thank you. And if you’re visiting either store, please snap a picture of my windows, rails or anything you buy and tag me (@agirlastyle) + #DoYou on Twitter or Instagram; I’d love to see!

What are your timeless classic wardrobe basics that you turn to year after year? I’d love to know if we’re on the same page.

Love, Miss B xx

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Post in partnership with Gap #DoYou. Photos by Joe Galvin


18 thoughts on “Back to School Wardrobe Basics

  1. Amazing news B! Simply cannot wait to see your curation & what I know will be incredibly beautiful windows! You can count on me to be there doing a little jig outside (albeit a la a very bad & embarrassing Busker 😉 S xx

  2. Hi!

    Lovely pics!

    I have been following your blog for quite some time now and it is one of the blogs that has actually inspired me to start my own. (I only launched it a few days ago and I am really looking forward to keep buidling it.) Anyway, just wanted to say that to you. I have especially enjoyed your travel tips!

    Have a nice weekend!

  3. I’m reading your blog post having just bought the perfect black denim jacket in Gap having been looking for ages. Enjoy your window takeover – I can’t wait to see the pics!

  4. So now I’m totally upset that I won’t be able to see your window takeover in person, because I know it will be absolutely gorgeous! I’m a bit soothed by the knowledge that I know you’ll be sharing the whole process here on the blog, and I can read all about it.

    As for your Fall style, it’s mine as well. 🙂 There is something about preppy, classic clothes that makes me feel super put together, and confident. Plus it’s super easy to personalize with trends, and colors.

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