Back to School: Five Hallway Essentials

Hey, guys! With school right around the corner, I thought I’d share my school necessities with you! Hope you enjoy!

1. Cute backpack: Everyone knows how important your backpack is to your school experience. It honestly can make or break your year. You want something that’s cute and trendy, but also affordable and roomy. I always like to look for something with pockets to hold my cell phone, wallet and emergency kit. I try to look for something with lots of compartments so that I can keep my books organized. When you get your bag, put your books in it right away to make sure it can hold everything. If not, it’s back to the drawing board! It’s better to have one completely functional bag than two or three cute bags full of books! Stay tuned for a guide on this year’s backpack trends!

acid wash denim backpack

corduroy backpack
2. Sweet (and comfy!) kicks: Chances are that, if you’re in high school, there’s going to be some point in the day when you have to sprint from one side of the school to another just to make it to class on time. Let’s be real here: You really don’t want to make that trek in a pair of impossibly high heels or incredibly tight shoes that give you blisters. So opt for something a little bit more comfortable and manageable. Sure, it’s fun to wear heels to school every once in a while, but when you do, stick to a maximum of two or three inches with a platform, and go for flats the rest of the time. You’ll get to class faster, and your feet will thank you. But don’t feel like you have to do sneakers just to stay comfortable! There are so many different kinds of shoes that you could rock while still sparing your feet the trauma. Find a style that you like and feel comfortable in, then rock them in the hallways!

converse hi tops

combat boot

3. Functional and cool watch: At school, it’s always important that you know the time. You need to know how much time you have left on a test? You want to know how much time you have left of this boooring U.S. history lecture? You want to know how much time you have left to finish your forgotten homework? Check. Your. Watch. I can’t tell you how much wearing a watching to school has helped me. The school’s clocks are always breaking or out of sight, so now I can rely on my own handy dandy watch. And watches can be cute! They’re practical and fashionable. What’s better than that?! I like analog watches, but if you can’t read analog: 1. Learn how to. 2. Go for digital. There are so many cute options, the possibilities are endless!

two tone silicone watch gojane

white wrap watch ws

digital watch f21
4. Adorable wallet: For me, it’s always important to have a wallet on me. I need to have my school I.D. on me at all times, and some money in case there’s a pizza sale or my friends want to make a quick Starbucks run in between school and extracurricular activities. It’s important to me that my wallets are cute, so (ironically), all of mine have animals on them. I have one with a peacock, two with owls and one with an elephant. They make me smile, and they’re great conversation starters. Look for something that matches your own personal style and personality, but also holds your I.D., your cash, your change and, of course, your Panera card and Starbucks gift card!

I'm so fancy hinged wallet rue21

floral wallet target

kitties in space wallet
5. Super cute makeup bag: I’ll be honest, I totally rely on a makeup bag at school. I use it to hold my emergency kit (blog post coming soon!) and need it to be roomy, but also cute! I like something with a zipper and preferably some compartments. I usually either keep it in my locker or in my backpack, but my friends come to me for things that I keep in there, so I want it to be cute! 

studded makeup bag

spotted makeup bag

vs cosmetic bag

If anyone has any other hallway essentials or decides to give mine a try, let me know in the comments below or send a picture to my email:! Also don’t forget to follow my Tumblr,, and my Instagram, @tonirose08! Love you guys, thanks for reading! xx

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New Look Acid Denim Backpack, $48.35 at Asos

JanSport High Steaks Corduroy Backpack, $40 at Urban Outfitters

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Core Hi in Classic Black, $55.00 at Zappos

Wanted Tava Boots in Black, $69.99 at

Two-Tone Silicone Watch in Blue, $14.92 at Go Jane

Bling Wrap Chrono Watch in White, $24.50 at Wet Seal

Water Resistant Digital Watch, $19.80 at Forever 21

I’m So Fancy Hinged Wallet, $9.99 at Rue 21

Mossimo Supply Co. Floral Print Wallet in Blue, $12.99 at Target

Kitties in Space Hinged Wallet, $9.99 at Rue 21

SOHO French Twist Valet Bag, $19.99 at Target

SOHO Spotted Valet Bag, $19.99 at Target

Victoria’s Secret Signature Cosmetic Bag, $18.00 at Victoria’s Secret


Back to School: Look #3: High-Waisted Jeans

When it’s time for school to start, I try to give my summer wardrobe an update by pairing items with pieces for fall. In this outfit, I’ll do just that to make an ensemble that is fun, cool and school appropriate! Hope you like it!

High-Waisted Jeans

I love high-waisted jeans so much. They flatter my small waist and are just comfortable. I just got an awesome new pair from Annie Sez (that I couldn’t find online) that hit my tiniest point. They’ve got four buttons and have a very classic silhouette, but they’re acid wash, so they’re super fun and flattering. If you don’t feel comfortable with a cool acid wash print, look for something with a dark rinse.

high waisted jeans 1

high waisted jeans 2

high waisted jeans 3

Crop Top

The awesome part about wearing high-waisted jeans? You can wear ultra cute crop tops without worrying about showing too much midriff. Crop tops draw attention to a small waist and show a little bit of skin without being too scandalous. Just make sure they’re not against your school dress code before wearing one! If you’re wearing a pair of acid wash jeans, I would stick to something solid but not boring, like this cute cutout crop top from Aéropostale. If you’re feeling brave, pair your jeans with a patterned crop top. Just make sure the tops have at least one similar color so they don’t clash, but avoid being matchy-matchy (unless it’s intentional!) If you’re going with a simple pair of plain blue jeans, pair them with a cute floral crop top to bring a bit of summer to the hallways!

(Tip: Let your crop tops air dry so they don’t shrink and become so small that you can’t wear them! That’s unattractive and a waste of money!)

cross back crop top

floral organza crop top

floral crop top


For this outfit, I would go with something effortless and simple to keep your outfit grounded and urban. I’d pair this with a pair of slip on shoes or a pair of Converse high tops. That way I’ll be cute and comfortable!

converse hi tops

roxy shoes


For this outfit, I’d want to include some super cute and glam accessories. I’d wear a stack of homemade friendship bracelets on one wrist, and a watch and a few bangles and thin bracelets on the other. I would stick with stud earrings to keep attention on your outfit, as well as a few thin rings and one short and one medium length necklace or a layered necklace. This combination will make you look cool, but not like you’re trying too hard.

leopard watch

rhinestone and floral bangel set ws

beaded stretch bracelet f21

bejeweled stud set f21

zig zag rings

rhinestone charm necklace f21

If anyone has any ideas for this outfit or decides to try something like it, let me know in the comments below or send a picture to my email:! Also don’t forget to follow my Tumblr,, and my Instagram, @tonirose08! Love you guys xx

In This Article:

Levi’s Juniors’ High Rise Skinny Jeans in Jewel, $29.99 at Macy’s

Blue Spice 5-Pocket Triple Button High-Waist Skinny Jeans, $32.99 at J.C. Penney

Dittos Jennifer Dark Blue High Rise Skinny Jeans, $89.00 at Lulu’s

Solid Sleeveless Cross-Back Crop Top in Black, $3.99 at Aéropostale

Sheer Play Floral Organza Cropped Top in Pink, $16.92 at Go Jane

Girls Belleflower Crop Top, $24.95 at Hollister

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Core Hi in Classic Black, $55.00 at Zappos

Roxy Women’s Minnow in Sea White Crochet, $39.99 at Famous Footwear

Leopard Rhinestone Watch in Black, $14.50 at Wet Seal

Rhinestone & Floral Bangle Set, $12.90 at Wet Seal

Beaded Stretch Bracelet in Black/gold, $3.00 at Forever 21

Bejeweled Stud Set, $4.80 at Forever 21

Tribal Rhinestone & Epoxy Stackable Rings in Ivory, $7.90 at Wet Seal

Rhinestone Charm Necklace in Gold/clear, $4.80 at Forever 21