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Back-to-School Fall Haul

It's that time of year again ... Back-to-school shopping begins! August always seems to creep right up on me every year, and once August 1st hits, I completely stop shopping for summer and completely transition over to fall. I know you guys love it when I share looks from Plato's Closet, so I was happy to go shopping there and see what I could find for those going back to school on just a $50 budget!

Back-to-school shopping, or just shopping for fall in general doesn't have to break the bank. At Plato's Closet, you'll find a huge selection of trendy and designer items at a fraction of the price! Trendy, gently used brands like American Eagle, VS PINK, Free People, Nike, Kate Spade, and many others are always found there. Whenever I head into my local Plato's Closet, I am always looking for amazing deals such as items still with tags, gently used, or major brands like Free People and URBN.

Each time I walk into the store I am always greeted by a friendly employee near the front who's happy to see me. With COVID going on right now, I wasn't sure how inventory was going to look and I was pleasantly surprised to see they had more inventory than I thought! The selection of jeans, shoes, and sweaters for back-to-school shopping was so fabulous my bag filled up very quickly. 

I was also glad to see a lovely employee was waiting by the fitting rooms to let me in to try on some items I found. From there I had a ton of decisions to make, I'm not kidding when I say I took at least 12 items in! However, I ended up going home with five items in total, so that I could stay under budget.

  

One of the items I found and loved, was this gently used Abercrombie and Fitch mom jeans. They are so trendy, and you can barely tell they were worn! Don't they look so cute with this URBN thermal?! I'm obsessed! All in all, it was hard to narrow everything down, but below are the 5 items I ended up going home with for $50!

First, I came across some like-new Universal Thread booties from Target. These were marked down to just $12! Smaller ankle boots, like these, are the perfect transition from summer to fall and as a back-to-school bootie. The darker brown tones give me all the fall vibes, and it's a great idea to look for a lower heel like these for walking across campus, or through the halls. You are sure to be comfortable all day!

  

One of my favorite finds would have to be this Universal Thread t-shirt dress! It is currently still being sold in regular retail stores for $15, but I snagged it for just $8 at Plato's Closet! You can never go wrong with a basic t-shirt dress, and I love that there are so many ways to style them as we transition through the seasons. Pair them with sneakers, or sandals, a jean jacket, or a hat, and you're ready to be stylish and comfortable all day. A dress is always an easy outfit to create.

  

My next find is this adorable eyelet babydoll top and some light wash distressed jeggings to go with it. When I first saw the top, I instantly pictured something like this as a great "First-Day Look" top. Something like this is dressy, girly, chic, but can also easily be dressed down with jeans and sandals for an adorable first-day photo-op to send to mom! The best part is, I found this top for just $8!

  

When browsing through the denim section these light wash distressed jeans stuck out to me. They are American Eagle jeggings from 2018 and were only $16! I loved that they had a slight acid wash tone to them. Acid wash is extremely trendy right now and is sure to give any look an instant 90s vibe. They were barely worn, the distress in the denim was still perfect, and they fit like glove! Just roll up your jeans and pair them with sandals for a simple back-to-school look.

Next up, I came across this boxy, tie-dye thermal. Thermals make such a great piece for those days when the AC in your classroom is just a little bit too cold, yet it's still a bit warm outside. This makes the perfect little outfit with some shorts! I've always loved the long sleeves and shorts look together. Plus, tie-dye has been one of the biggest trends of 2020 so far, so you can't go wrong with adding some to your wardrobe! It's crazy how it always comes back in style!

Overall, I personally love shopping at Plato's Closet because you can find some extremely trendy pieces at very low prices; sometimes there are even items with their tags on them still that are WAY less than half the cost! I love being able to also sell my gently used items and get cash when I need it too! Every time I walk into Plato's Closet I always leave happy with my purchases, or happy with the amount of cash I receive for the clothing I've recently outgrown. If you're looking to head back to school in style and stay on budget, check out Plato's Closet for some similar finds! 

Blog By: Serena Tomalis | @serenaajoyce