What Grown Ups Can Learn From Back to School

Welcome back to school It’s that time of the year again, Back to School. Though this is an exciting time for parents, it is dreadful for children. Although I’ve graduated from school some years ago and I have no children of my own, I can still relate to the Back to School season. This time of the year is like a childhood friend you’ve lost contact with. Even with the steady stream of advertising that brings tears of joy to parents of school-age children whom themselves suffer from anxiety of the death of summer, someone like me can learn a thing or two from this annual restoration period. 

Work from a List

Nobody is more disciplined and focused than parents as they get their children ready for the first day of school. Whether using teachers’ supplies lists or a list of clothing needed, planning for the new school term is always recommended. Now is the time to make that wish list of coveted items. Recently inspired by a movie, a blogger or model, go old school and create a vision board of stunning looks. 

Repurpose Your Wardrobe

Those pants that were long last year are now ankle high this year. When I was a kid, I would wear those clothes in the house and donate whatever didn’t fit anymore. The house clothes I would then cut up or attempt small DIY projects.  Examine the pieces in your wardrobe. Switch out the buttons of that coat you’ve had for ages. Turn that old denim jacket into a vest. Give certain pieces a facelift before you chuck them. A revitalized piece will always look great.

Reinvent Your Self

Every time I entered a new school, I began a new phase in my style. From uniform and fishnets to grungy urban looks, I took the start of high education as a way to fully embrace my maturity. It also let me try a new look without any judgment because everyone else would be doing the same thing.  So if you work in a corporate atmosphere but always loved leather, become a moto wearing bad-shut your mouth. Give bold print a try if you must maintain somber at your 9 to 5. The art of reinvention is the mother of fashion.

Native New Yorker Shaunya is the owner and curator of VintageShaun, a collection of vintage clothing with a contemporary vision that has been featured in NBC’s The Today Show. She is a longtime Goodwill fan and style expert. Last May, Shaunya collaborated in Goodwill’s Spring Fling the Excess, our Earth Day/spring cleaning promotion. Most recently, she styled models for Goodwill Suits You, a fashion show to mark October, National Disability Employment Awareness month.

You may also read her blog: www.vintageshaun.com or follow her on Twitter @vintageshaun

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