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    35 Stylish Things For First Day Of School Level Of Extravagance

    I can't be the only one who planned their first-day-back outfit weeks in advance.

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    1. A tulle skirt, because who doesn't want to re-create Carrie Bradshaw's iconic tutu and pumps look???

    Promising review: "This is a great evening/party attire for plus-sized women. This is a great a-line circle skirt. I bought the black version for a holiday party. I got many compliments. I’m a size 18 and bought the 3X. It fit perfectly, and hit me just below the knee and had excellent poof!" —Margeaux Chavez

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in sizes XS–5X and in 37 colors).

    2. A silky-looking top with a variety of fun and extravagant patterns that'll be your exact style. 

    short sleeve collared shirt with floral pattern
    long sleeve blouse with ornate pattern

    Also check out this listing for even more patterns!

    Promising review: "I love this shirt so much that words fail me. I love this shirt so much that I bought three more. (Sort out your size using the seller's guide, not the Amazon guide, and you'll be just fine.)" —Mlle Badger

    Get it from Amazon for $22.98+ (available in sizes 2–14 and 45 patterns).

    3. A shift dress with lacy sleeves that would make even a doily envious.

    Promising review: "I love this dress! It's the perfect summer dress. I threw this on for a day full of errands and the lightweight material and open sleeves kept me cool in this hot LA weather!" —TiaAleseWong

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99 (available in sizes S–XXL and six colors).

    4. An activewear set you can mix and match with other pieces, but personally I'm all about that monochrome look!

    reviewer takes picture while in cropped spaghetti top with mid thigh length shorts
    another reviewer takes a mirror selfie

    Promising review: "I was skeptical at first but when I put this on...yassss!! The fabric felt nice and the stretch was perfect. Fit me like a glove and the top was perfect. I was very pleased and got many compliments on my trip to the Bahamas. Color was bright. Beautiful. I wore it with a long sarong scarf to get a more sexy/dressy look." —Review 4 U

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in sizes S–XL and 20 colors).

    5. A twisted peplum top great for work, date night, or just looking fab while hanging at home.

    Promising review: "To be honest I didn't have very high hopes for a shirt this inexpensive. But at that price point I also figured that I didn't have much to lose. I'm busty and have tattoos on my shoulders so finding cute comfortable clothing that's appropriate for work and doesn't cost a fortune can be a challenge. This shirt looks exactly like an Elloquii one I've been eyeing for a awhile but at a fraction of the price. I'll probably get the other colors as well!" —Arden Bee

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in sizes 1X–4X and three colors).

    6. An elegant off-the-shoulder maxi dress with a wonderful shimmer that'll give you an extravagant look that could rival that of a bird-of-paradise.

    off the shoulder maxi
    reviewer takes picture of themselves in round mirror

    Promising review: "This is THE dress. You wear this dress, all eyes will be on you. Like others said, no bra needed, and the arms weren't slowly moving up all night; I never had to re-adjust. I wore this to a black tie gala and it stood out among the regular black gowns. The color is stunning! Every time I turned around, someone was giving me a compliment on the dress. I belted it to help give it shape and it was perfection. I can't say enough about this gown!" —Atlanta Chic

    Get it from Amazon for $35.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and four colors).

    7. Huarache sandals in a variety of bright colors offering both comfort and style, the two most important things when it comes to getting dressed.

    sandals in many colors

    Macarena Collection is a small business based in Buena Park, California. All of the shoes are handmade by Mexican artisans. Since they only make whole sizes, they suggest sizing down if you're in between as the shoes will stretch and mold to your feet as you wear them.

    Get it from MacarenaCollection on Etsy for $39.99 (available in sizes 5–10 and eight colors).

    8. A pink lace skater dress you should be careful wearing because people are gonna chase you down the street and ask you where you got it.

    mini dress with quarter sleeves

    Eleven60 is a Black-owned business that sells clothing in sizes 10–28.

    Get it from Eleven60 for $89 (available in sizes 1X–3X).

    9. A romantic puff-sleeve pastel maxi dress perfect for promenades through the garden.

    A reviewer wearing the ruffled short-sleeve dress in mint green
    A reviewer wearing the dress in lilac

    Some reviewers also styled it with the sleeves worn off the shoulder, and several reviewers say it worked as maternity wear, too!

    Promising review: "Ethereally beautiful!! This dress is absolutely LOVELY. It’s so lightweight, breezy, and comfortable. It fits perfectly, and the bodice has plenty of stretch so if you’re in between sizes, you could go either way. I actually sized down because I wanted to wear it on the shoulders and didn’t want the sleeves slipping off, but I didn’t have an issue with that at all. It’s wrinkly when it arrives, but a quick steam makes it look so much nicer and more expensive than it is. I got the sage green color and it’s not see through, it’s beautiful. Get this dress!" —Laura

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and in 15 colors).

    10. An embroidered number that comes in a number of different sleeve and skirt styles, so you're sure to find one (or two, or three) that matches your personal aesthetic.

    model wears black dress with mesh floral overlay

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 10 styles; plus style option comes in sizes XXL–5XL).

    11. A butterfly faux collar best worn on the next excursion to Butterfly Bog.

    See another butterfly option here or check out a cat version here.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    12. A wrap maxi that's already lounging in a beach chair in your backyard.

    reviewer wears snake skin pattern short sleeve dress
    reviewer wears snake skin pattern short sleeve dress

    Promising review: "Another win for this brand! This dress is gorgeous. It looks and feels MUCH more expensive than it is. I buy (and return) a ton of clothes from Amazon, so I know how much of a gamble it can be to order. Don’t hesitate on this one. It fits perfectly to size, and I love that the wrap front is high enough that I don’t have to wear a tank under it. I am pretty modest when it comes to showing cleavage, and this dress fits the bill. The fabric is very soft and light — I will wear it spring through fall here in North Carolina. The dress is casual enough to wear with flat sandals for shopping, but you can easily dress it up with heels for a dinner date." —R. Walker

    Get it from Amazon for $25.68+ (available in sizes 1X–4X and 12 patterns).

    13. A pair of hanging rainbow earrings that are GLOW IN THE DARK!


    Chungawawa is a Black-owned business that sells cool polymer clay jewelry handmade in France.

    Get them from Chungawawa for €34 (~$41.25).

    14. A big, flowy maxi dress that'll look just a good on the beach as it would lounging on the couch.

    model in large long dress with colorful flowers
    reviewer spins in the dress

    Promising review: "This is my new favorite dress and I might never take it off! The photos do it no justice. It’s super lightweight and airy, perfect for hot weather, and the pockets are fantastic!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in sizes XS–3X and 38 patterns).

    15. A two-piece midi set that comes in a ton of cool tie-dye patterns, plus solid colors AND the adorable tropical look shown below. In other words, you'll wanna buy like five of these sets.

    buzzfeed editor wearing the two-piece set in a green and brown jungle print
    Kayla Boyd / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I love a matching set because it takes most of the work out of putting an outfit together. And this one is such a great deal! I love how comfy and easy it is to wear. I was concerned about it being see-through, but it wasn't! It has a stretchy waist and a cute tie detail in the front of the skirt. For spring days, I just throw a denim jacket over it. And, of course, I plan to wear it all summer as well. I would 100% buy more colors in this — and there are so many to choose from!" —Kayla Boyd, BuzzFeed Staff

    Get it from Amazon for $18+ (available in 36 styles, and sizes XL–5XL).

    16. High-waisted palazzo trousers that offers all the comfort of pajamas while still serving up major voted-best-dressed-in-high-school looks.

    Reviewer wearing lilac pants
    reviewer wearing the black pants

    Promising review: "These pants as so comfortable and flowy! I stepped outside of my usual skinny jean outfit to try this style and I never want to take them off! They are great casual pants for work, and can be dressed up for the evening with a fancy shirt and heels. They are as comfortable as pajamas, without looking like it :)" —Nash

    Get them from Amazon for $23.18+ (available in sizes XS–3XL and 25 colors).

    17. A pair of trendy heart sunnies to make any outfit feel retro and fun.

    model wears pink sunglasses with heart-shaped lenses

    Promising review: "Okay so you know when you buy something and read reviews that say they got tons of compliments and it's usually not true? For once, it is! I get SOOO many compliments on these glasses! I have what I consider to be an odd face shape and have a difficult time finding frames that work for me, but I feel so fab in these glasses." —Amanda

    Get them from Amazon for $11.99 (available in 12 colors).

    18. A buttery smooth velvet tank you can trick people into thinking cost a lot more than it did.

    Promising review: "Absolutely incredible value for this super-soft cami! The velvet stretch is perfect for a looser fit. Surprisingly very well-made, I've seen versions of this camisole at Nordstrom for over $30! Such a good price, I'm stocking up now!" —Julie K.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and 13 colors).

    19. A wrap dress in a wonderful tropical print ready for your next beach trip. I can hear the seagulls already.

    long green dress with flowers
    Hope and Harvest

    Hope and Harvest is an Australian plus size brand that manufactures through fair trade agreements.

    Get it from Hope and Harvest for $129 (available in sizes 8–22).

    20. A floral number with surprise shorts underneath, so the wind will never take you unawares again.

    model wears off the shoulder dress with shorts under the slitted skirt
    reviewer wears the dress on boat

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes S–3XL and nine patterns).

    21. A floral cardigan-like top to throw on and instantly make your shirt-and-jean outfit more interesting.

    model wears floral cardigan over tee and jeans

    Promising review: "This is gorgeous and vibrant in color, and every time I wear it, I get stopped on the street by strangers complimenting me and asking where I bought it. So far I've worn it with dressy shorts and wedges with a cute tank AND I even wore it to a pool party as a cover up!! It truly is a great addition to my closet. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!" —Ang G

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes S–5XL and 23 patterns).

    22. A retro swing skirt in a ton of different fun patterns so you might as well get one of each.

    pineapple circle skirt
    skirt with london pattern complete with big ben and double decker buses

    Promising review: "This skirt was awesome! My wife wore this skirt to Disneyland and received so, so, so many compliments. She wore it with two petticoats for poof. Great purchase — she wants all the prints now." —Christopher Luth

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes XS–3XL and 45 colors).

    23. A midi tea dress with a cool, stretchy crisscross back that is really speaking to me. What's it saying? That it's the perfect summer dress and wants to be purchased immediately, of course.

    dress with criss cross back straps
    Nasty Gal

    Get it from Nasty Gal for $42.50 (available in sizes 0–10).

    24. A high-waisted pleated maxi skirt that is a must-have for any aspiring influencer's wardrobe. It even has pockets!

    Reviewer wearing green skirt
    Reviewer wearing orange skirt

    Promising review: "The skirt has beautiful pleating and falls in a very flattering way. I love the elastic waistband and pockets! The material is light and airy. It can easily be worn in colder months with another skirt under it or as is in the warmer months so it's perfect all year long. I highly recommend this skirt." —PB

    Get it from Amazon for $28.89+ (available in sizes S—XXL and eight colors).

    25. Eye-popping Betsey Johnson wedges that has it all: pastels, florals, mixed materials, you name it. Your wardrobe is not complete without at least one bold shoe choice.

    My foot in the lavender wedge with floral brocade on the heel and contrasting braided rope trim
    A view of my feet in the shoes from above, showing the sheer toe straps with green stitching and blue and clear jewels
    Katy Herman/BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I just bought these and I am irrationally (?) excited about them, in case you couldn't tell. As someone who doesn't wear leather for ethical reasons, Betsey Johnson is my holy grail for swoon-worthy statement shoes that could pass for an even splurgier designer brand. They also just fit me so well and are really wearable IRL, even if they're wild! I haven't worn this particular pair yet, but I'm so excited to, particularly with boyfriend jeans and eventually sundresses or rompers. No, they are not walking shoes, but I think I can handle the heel. I haven't worn wedges in ages, but I feel like they're coming back in style and these have single-handedly (footedly?) gotten me back on board with them." —Katy Herman, BuzzFeed Staff

    Get them from Macy's for $79 (available in sizes 5–11 and in two colors).

    26. tropical number with cut-out sides that's so warm-weather-ready, it should come with a piña colada.

    pastel dress with balloon sleeves and palm tree pattern
    Keer Orr / Lilly's Kloset

    Lilly's Kloset is a Black- and woman-owned online boutique that sells clothing, accessories, and more.

    Get it from Lilly's Kloset for $108 (available in sizes 1XL–4XL).

    27. A pair of joggers in a variety of patterns and colors, because if  my clothing doesn't have a cool design on it, I don't want it. 

    checkered joggers
    tan joggers with woodland pattern

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes S–3X).

    28. A wrap skater dress that looks comfy enough to just wear at home. Not that you will, of course. Too many adventures await!

    reviewer wears dress in yellow
    reviewer wears dress with lemon print

    Promising review: "Purchased this dress to wear for Easter and I've got to say I'm impressed! The blue is a beautiful, vibrant hue; fabric is nice, thick quality. The length hit just below my knees so not way too long for us petite ladies. Best part? Loved it and thinking about buying it in another color!" —RACHEL

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 23 patterns).

    29. lantern sleeve mini that says "Cinderella on a casual day" to me. Just look at those romantic puff sleeves and back ribbon that was definitely tied by birds! 

    reviewer wearing the blue puff sleeve dress
    reviewer showing the open back of dress

    Promising review: "This dress is SOOOO adorable. Absolutely in love. Gives very old fashioned feels and I'm all for it! I got the light blue and I'm definitely buying in more colors. Worth every penny." —Olivia

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and in nine colors).

    30. A ruffly heart-shaped hat that's soooo much better than a boring ol' fedora or cowboy hat. This is your first step to starting the cutest dude ranch in history. 

    heart shaped brimmed hat

    Get it from ellenithelabel on Etsy for $76.60

    31. A satin spaghetti strap dress when you wanna add just a touch of Jessica Rabbit to your look.

    Promising review: "I recommend 100%. I loved the fit and and was super comfortable. Got a lot of compliments about it and it was accurate on the size. Perfect!" —Cynthia Arizpe

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in sizes XXL–4X and three colors).

    32. A splurge-y organza T-shirt dress that's made to order, meaning it's tailored to your exact measurements. The shimmery layered fabric, embroidered sea life, and painted details will make you look like you just popped out of a copy of The Rainbow Fish.

    short sleeve sheer dress with embroidered and painted sea life over a blue slip

    Get it from GlitterSoupDress on Etsy for $500.

    33. An open-back maxi dress that says "why yes, I AM the best dressed person here."

    model wearing the blue maxi dress with cut outs and ruffle tier detailing on the skirt
    reviewer wearing the white dress showing the open strappy back detail

    Promising review: "I have been wanting this same dress from Free People but it was $118. I was leery about this considering it was much cheaper in cost but it is PERFECT! It fit absolutely perfect. Great length too. Keep in mind you can't wear a bra with it and if you are larger-busted (I'm small, an A cup) then it may fit totally different. It's thin and lightweight but with skin-colored undies, I had no problem with lines or visibility. I'm considering buying it in another color." —Bullitt02797

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and 24 colors).

    34. A maxi cutout dress ready to provide jaw-dropping results. Don't be surprised when everyone you walk past does a double take — you'll just look that good. 

    Promising review: "10 stars. Absolute best dress I’ve purchased on Amazon! Amazing fit. Beautiful, perfect neutral. Hugs all my curves, not see-through, and super comfortable. Makes me feel like a goddess. I’m in love." —T.C.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and 14 colors).

    35. And a nonslip glasses chain with hanging star charms that'll keep your glasses (or mask?) nearby *and* has the added benefit of making you look like magical professor. 

    thin chain with dangling star pendants

    Get it from KoonHK on Etsy for $5.88 (available in gold or silver). 

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