School drop-off outfit

Keeping it real: back to school outfit

Nikki Parkinson Everyday Style 41 Comments

Wow. I was completely blown away to the response to last week’s inaugural Keeping It Real outfit post. Blown away.

I mean it’s a bit daunting putting up a photo of yourself in your normal gear – the stuff I get around in on a day-to-day basis. I’m not so daunted at the special occasion stuff because, like I said last week, I’ve usually done a fair bit of pre-planning for that stuff.

With my everyday outfits, I might plan or I might just throw on the first thing I see. It depends on my mood.

For this week’s Keeping It Real outfit post, I did plan. For two three reasons:

1. I bought a new t-shirt with the groceries last week and hadn’t worn it yet so wanted to take it for an outing.

2. It was the first day back at school for my kids yesterday. In primary school EVERYONE – all 500 parents or so – walks their child/ren into the classroom, says hello to the teacher and takes embarrassing photos of their kids, who are by now wishing you’d just turn around and go home. And you would except it takes you about an hour to walk back to the car because it’s parked in the next suburb because there are NOT 500 car parks in the school grounds.

3. Oh, and did I mention … it’s STILL raining.

Here’s what I wore (just a warning … this outfit has been brought to you by the colour orange!):

School drop-off outfit

 Mix Apparel at Coles |   NYDJ Australia | Adorne | Alterior Motif  | Country RoadNapoleon Perdis DeVine Goddess Lipstick (Harmonia has been discontinued but I’m told Niki is worth a try for a sheer orange) | Benefit Cha Cha Tint

What are you wearing today? What are you up to today? If you have kids are they back at school? What do you wear for the drop off and pick up?

PS. Yesterday afternoon I blogged about my dream shoe-robes over at Justb. Come and have a look-see.

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  1. Hi Nikki, I just love these Keeping it Real posts. Also had a laugh about rolling up the crop to make it look cropped. I would have the opposite problem, as crops look too short on me. Looking forward to more of these posts…oh and Happy New Year by the way – better late than never!

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  2. Hi Nikki, I am just catching up on posts after being away. Can I ask a question? What is the style difference between crop jeans (look very nice on you) and 3/4 jeans..which you have previously said are an evil to be avoided? Just making sure I have my style facts straight! I also love the keeping real posts, so thanks you.

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      The main difference is the crop comes in at the narrowest part of your leg. 3/4 pants often chop you off mid calf, not so flattering. But I’m all for what works for your and makes you feel comfortable!

  3. Great look! You look very shooschzeee.
    You know what I love? The fact that you have to roll up a cropped Jean to make it look cropped!
    I have the exact same problem.
    How HAPPY was I when Target introduced the Short/med/long leg cuts in their jeans?!
    Also the fact that the 80’s high cut bathers/swimmers (okay, YES, some were down right ridiculous) have been replaced by the boy-leg cut, means it cuts about 3 inches off my already SHORT little legs : (

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  4. Love these posts Nikki! The first day of school is daunting for kids, but when my little on first started school last year I realised I had NO IDEA what to wear! posts like this really help!
    Also, I spoke with a bunch of mums who had been there, done that, and they gave me some awesome tips – 7 style tips for the school run – http://bit.ly/fwnRUo – I especially love the one about wearing your gym clothes (I did this a few times last year LOL!)
    x
    Andrea

  5. I am currently in love with the color orange, although I am never sure if I can pull orange off with my red hair… Also I thought of you the other night when I was telling my husband that I have not worn sweat pants or gym clothes to Uni even once this semester! I thought you would be proud!

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  6. You look great. I love to wear orange too but have yet to find a Coles that stocks mix. I bought a similar cheapie striped tee from Kmart but it only lasted 2 washes and is totally out of shape. 🙁 sometimes you get what you pay for I guess.

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  7. Gorgeous as always Nikki!
    Hey, how do you find your NYD jeans? I have been thinking about getting some for a while and I HATE jeans – I have a similar body shape to you, are the worth it?
    xx

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      Thanks Caitlin! I love my NYDJs – they are higher waisted than normal jeans (not super high but high) so you might not like that. This style is the Audrey – it’s a cropped jean. I also have their skinny leg or jeggings in black and indigo but I have my eye on some bright red or blue Audreys. It’s a style that works for me.

      1. Oh no, I love a high jean! i wish all jeans started under my boobs haha!! I did see the red Audrey’s! (but I have a Zara pant very similar) so was thinking a basic skinny-ish pair – sounds like the jeggings (did they really have to call them that?!) are the go. thanks! xx

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  8. Looove it, I even went looking for the tee in Coles in Toowoomba on Monday when I took my son back to boarding school. I couldn’t find it. The range must only be in select stores. I love orange, though I dont think I could put it on my lips, I’m just not used to it. At boarding school it’s always interesting to see the range of outfits of what people wear to drop off!! I wore my Supre stripey skirt and a dropped hem shirt from TS! and black mary jane shoes. It was raining too) and will probably do the same outfit when I return to my school job next Friday. Being a worker, my 2 little people catch the bus to school on their first day! I’ve only ever dropped them off on the first day of kinder, or if we have missed the bus. They just split the pile of books into 2 to take in.

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      Ah, Jodie I do like your style – and I’m sure there would have been a huge of outfits for your drop-off. And my youngest is hanging out to catch the bus (his big brother and sister do) but I’m just waiting to see …

      I believe different stores get varying amounts from the MIX range but I’ve heard from a reader who contacted Coles that it will be available online after Easter.

      1. That skirt stood the test of 4 hours driving there, 2.5 hours shopping for school shoes, and forgotten items, 2 hours unpacking and setting up the bedroom and labelling new stuff, 1 hour of meetings, then 4 hours driving home. Comfy as!!! I’m impressed!

  9. love these real fashion posts as you know

    I did my Coles Mix visit last week, probs not long afer you got the stripey shirt, cos I saw that too…I bought an ahhmazing dress, that I have worn twice already…that place just gets better everytime I go there lol

    I love the earrings, I love it all actually, I have never been a statement earring girl…I think you are inspiring me to have a look into that area 😉

    xo

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  10. I said last week how much I loved the colours of the tshirt. It looks even better on! Mental note to self: Make an effort to look photogenic for the first day of kinder next week!
    I’m off on a day trip to Daylesford to pick up a tea set I bought on eBay so I’m keeping it simple with a vintage floral house-dress.
    Di x
    PS: I need to buy red lipstick before next weekend – can you recommend something that won’t break the bank?]

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      1. Haven’t worn red lipstick since my competition dancing days! Got inspired and tried the Napoleon Perdis ‘Lady In Red’ and came home with it – purchased only a couple of hours ago and already a couple of comments (including one from the policeman who pulled me in for a breathaliser test on the way home!!!)

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  11. You look great. The multicoloured stripes on you looks fantastic. One of my favourite shirts is one I picked up from Coles for $5 after Christmas. Nothing wrong with cheap and cheerful for the school run! xx

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