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29 Back-To-School Outfits That Are Basically Time Capsules

"TBH I would wear this same outfit now."

We asked a bunch of BuzzFeed employees to show us their most hilariously retro first day of school outfits, and the results were a serious trip down memory lane.

1. This fit fresh from the mall.

"Probably not apparent from this photo but my sister used to work at the Gap!"
Andrea Hickey / BuzzFeed

"Probably not apparent from this photo but my sister used to work at the Gap!"

2. This time capsule of an outfit.

"Reppin' the hottest brands of the early 90s!"
Dan Geiger / BuzzFeed

"Reppin' the hottest brands of the early 90s!"

3. This custom look.

"I am wearing a top my mum embroidered my face on that I got a stain on in like the first 10 minutes."
Flo Perry / BuzzFeed

"I am wearing a top my mum embroidered my face on that I got a stain on in like the first 10 minutes."

4. This Packers fanatic.

"Packers swag and Jordans. The good life."
Bob Marshall / BuzzFeed

"Packers swag and Jordans. The good life."

5. This look that may or may not have been inspired by Fall Out Boy.

"Don't hate me 'cause you ain't me (at 14)."
Ema O'Connor

"Don't hate me 'cause you ain't me (at 14)."

6. This middle school staple.

"First day of 7th grade. Ready to crush it in new braces, new contact lenses, Jordan jersey."
Chris Gera / BuzzFeed

"First day of 7th grade. Ready to crush it in new braces, new contact lenses, Jordan jersey."

7. This look that was so good it needed to be preserved as a GIF.

Whitney Jefferson / BuzzFeed

"Here I am, in all of my giant-banged glory looking like a pilgrim with my cardigan and bright pink backpack as I waited for the bus on the first day of school. I think this was first grade? The glasses came later, but the bangs ...those were in full force from a very early age. Zooey Deschanel, eat your heart out."

8. This double-denim ensemble.

"A cool and confident 1996 back-to-school look."
Chrissy Mahlmeister / BuzzFeed

"A cool and confident 1996 back-to-school look."

9. This happy camper.

"School uniforms FTW."
David Mack / BuzzFeed

"School uniforms FTW."

10. This look that would make Big Bird proud.

"At a certain point my mom started letting me dress myself so I just wore sweatpants every day. NOTHING HAS CHANGED."
Ellie Sunakawa / BuzzFeed

"At a certain point my mom started letting me dress myself so I just wore sweatpants every day. NOTHING HAS CHANGED."

11. This go-going back to school outfit.

"I honestly don't know why my brother is dressed like a leprechaun."
Dru Moorhouse / BuzzFeed

"I honestly don't know why my brother is dressed like a leprechaun."

12. This pair that could be straight out of Stranger Things.

"My brother rocking a Gremlins lunch box and I've got a Little House on the Prarie inspired dress."
Jessica Simeone / BuzzFeed

"My brother rocking a Gremlins lunch box and I've got a Little House on the Prarie inspired dress."

13. This laid back lewk.

"Sup ballers, just starting my first day in kindergarten, leaning against my old piano in an outfit I'd literally still wear today if they made it in grumpy adult lady sizes."
Katie Hasty / BuzzFeed

"Sup ballers, just starting my first day in kindergarten, leaning against my old piano in an outfit I'd literally still wear today if they made it in grumpy adult lady sizes."

14. This grimace.

"Smiling through the pain."
Matt Kiebus / BuzzFeed

"Smiling through the pain."

15. This ode to plaid.

"This little number was my favorite ~wrap dress~ made out of what appears to be my mom's old tablecloth. Blossom was my fav show at the time, so I made sure to pair the outfit with patent leather boots to give it some edge. Also a scrunchie, because obviously."
Lindsay Farber / BuzzFeed

"This little number was my favorite ~wrap dress~ made out of what appears to be my mom's old tablecloth. Blossom was my fav show at the time, so I made sure to pair the outfit with patent leather boots to give it some edge. Also a scrunchie, because obviously."

16. These decidedly '90s overalls and pigtails.

"I think this was 2nd grade but it's unclear since I still wear this outfit."
Maggie Schultz / BuzzFeed

"I think this was 2nd grade but it's unclear since I still wear this outfit."

17. This skeptical gaze.

"You can't see my whole outfit but you can see the joy."
Marie Telling / BuzzFeed

"You can't see my whole outfit but you can see the joy."

18. This hygienic helper.

"Booger check from the big sis before going off to school."
Meredith Kennedy / BuzzFeed

"Booger check from the big sis before going off to school."

19. This standout student.

"Guess which one I am?"
Meredith Talusan / BuzzFeed

"Guess which one I am?"

20. This super chill ensemble.

"I believe the photo on the left was taken the first day of 4th grade, but not totally sure as overalls are obviously timeless. And I'm barefoot because Hawaii."
Michelle Broder Van Dyke / BuzzFeed / Via instagram.com

"I believe the photo on the left was taken the first day of 4th grade, but not totally sure as overalls are obviously timeless. And I'm barefoot because Hawaii."

21. The formal first day.

"It was very important to look as formal as possible (I forgot that I even had to wear a tie this day)."
Sebastian Fiebrig / BuzzFeed

"It was very important to look as formal as possible (I forgot that I even had to wear a tie this day)."

22. These on-point accessories.

"Please note the braided ankle bracelet OVER the sock. Gotta show that off."
Otillia Steadman / BuzzFeed

"Please note the braided ankle bracelet OVER the sock. Gotta show that off."

23. This sophisticated outfit.

"First day of 5th grade, and tbh I would wear this same outfit now."
Sarah Kobos / BuzzFeed

"First day of 5th grade, and tbh I would wear this same outfit now."

24. This look that's finger lickin' good.

"First day of primary school (I am the one with my hand in my mouth). This is just what regular school uniforms in the UK are like here BTW, not private schools."
Sophie Gadd / BuzzFeed

"First day of primary school (I am the one with my hand in my mouth). This is just what regular school uniforms in the UK are like here BTW, not private schools."

25. This colorful getup.

"German flag emoji."
Tobias Keunecke / BuzzFeed

"German flag emoji."

26. This toothless grin.

"First day of kindergarten, no front teeth."
Megan Paolone / BuzzFeed

"First day of kindergarten, no front teeth."

27. These tube socks and sneakers.

"Middle part and fresh kicks... glory days."
Ashley McGetrick / BuzzFeed

"Middle part and fresh kicks... glory days."

28. This cheery customer.

"PINK SADDLE OXFORDS!"
Alida Barden / BuzzFeed

"PINK SADDLE OXFORDS!"

29. This...

"Oh god. This is going to haunt me."
Venessa Wong / BuzzFeed

"Oh god. This is going to haunt me."

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