Though the first day of school isn’t technically for a few more weeks, we know the importance of planning ahead when it comes to your outfit for the occasion. 

The trends of today (don’t worry, we’re not talking about pin tops) are more school-appropriate than you might think. Many also appear plucked straight from the pages of a retro yearbook, including pleated skirts, loafers, sweater vests, and more. Now all you have to do is figure out how to style them in a way that feels modern — and in line with your school’s dress code.

For that, let Instagram, where BTS-ready looks are aplenty, be your guide. There, trust that you can find everything from inspiration on how to style socks with Mary-Janes for a true schoolcore ensemble to what to wear with your new vintage cowboy boots that will put you on track to win best-dressed during the end-of-the-year superlatives. And that’s just the SparkNotes version.

For lessons on how to wear zebra print, chunky clogs, double denim, and more once school is back in session, click through the 24 back-to-school outfits ahead.

Ready to make a fashion statement on day one? Here’s all the inspiration you need.
Fingers crossed your teachers are lenient about the whole “no caps in class” rule.
This look is a lesson in making pencil skirts look not so business casual.
It’s impossible to feel sad about going back to school when you’re wearing an outfit like this one.
Casual ‘n’ cute is the ultimate BTS combo.
There’s no occasion this plaid sundress isn’t perfect for.
Back-to-school style, Mean Girls edition.
Nothing says back-to-school like a sweater vest and loafers.
We’re all for a cross-body book bag.
This look says, “Mom, can you take my picture on the first day of school?”
Is this not the chicest bookbag you’ve ever seen?
We want a denim-on-denim look for all five days of the school week.
With a few tweaks, the business-on-top, pajamas-on-bottom quarantine look can still work in a post-lockdown world.
We’re making cowboy boots a thing for back-to-school season, okay?
Well, of course, we’re going to wear plaid to school.
There’s no need to pack extra gym shoes if you just wear them all day.
The school administration won’t keep us from trying out the one-shoulder trend.
The neon version of our classic school uniforms.
A dash of color to get you through a tired Monday never hurts.
Peep the statement shoes.
In case of showers, try this rainy-day version of the BTS look.
Not ready to give up your leggings but still want to look dressed up? Here’s the look for you.
On Fridays, we wear leather and stripes.
And another cowboy boot look, just for good measure.

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