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The thought of trading in our short-shorts and sunscreen for tights and hot coffee is almost unbearable. Transitioning is never easy for anyone and Summer is the only season that ends abruptly and absolutely. Fun, fun, fun. Labor Day. No more fun! Nothing about the change is easy.
At this point of the year, I like to shop for some smaller, less expensive items to usher in the new reality. Nordstrom is an ideal online destination to find everything you need for back to school and back to reality.
For back to school, my girls were immediately attracted to the State bags. The embroidered star, moon and rainbow style ($80) ended up as the big winner but a metallic style ($80) is eye-catching too. Another great thing about State bags is the give-back element for children in need– this is the reason why these bags are at a higher price point. This Adidas backpack ($55) is also really popular among the kids and is a bit more reasonably priced.
I might not be technically going back to school but the thought of homework and school dropoffs make it feel as if I am. While shopping for backpacks and kids’ essentials, I picked up a few key pieces for myself too. This ruffled hem dress from Halogen comes in the perfect grassy green and transitions seamlessly from aprés beach to city streets. The best part is that it’s only $69.
Over this way, I found a jumpsuit with a slight ruffle ($103). I plan on wearing to a beach-side dinner Saturday night and then with heels on a sunny September day. I can even pair it with a denim jacket as the air turns chilly. The item I’m most excited about is a little Calvin Klein Jeans cropped polo ($39). It looks amazing with white skinny jeans and when it gets a little cooler I’ll swap the bottoms for black jeans. (You can click over this way to see how we styled all of our new transitional items.)
As you can clearly see, a few inexpensive fashion items can redefine the whole meaning of Labor Day and back to school. As always, online shoppers should take advantage of Nordstrom’s great customer service, which features free shipping and free returns. If only all stores were as easy to shop as Nordstrom.