It's those three words every kid dreads. Back to school. It's the worst. Code for summer holidays are soon over and your first day back is closing in. Stationery ads on the telly only made it worse, like we needed reminding. You could say I had a love hate relationship with Office Works--their back to school countdowns were not so subtle.
I went to an all girls school and we had a uniform which we tried in every way to abuse. Gluing our socks up, scuffing our shoes and shortening our tartan sport skirts. We also cuffed our shirts and sometimes neglected to tie our laces, wear our badges or straw-like school hats in public. Messy hair was key. Worn-in hats a must. No nail polish, no make-up, no jewellery was the rule. We painted our nails in white out because white out isn't nail polish. It's white out. And paper clips aren't jewellery, they're stationery supplies (so Hairy Bird a must watch film for teenage girls). Though we tidied up alright we always tried to inch our way into looking more and more undone. We understood looking effortless took effort and were willing to do the work. As far as our limited navy, brown and white's would allow us anyway. If I could fit into my tartan skirt, I'd probably still wear it.
Oh and how 'bout those patent leather heels on Ruby Aldridge? The white socks set it off nicely.
Photographed by Terry Tsiolis and Make-up by Rudi Lewis and Yadim Carranza. Stylist Tony Irvine selected pieces by Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Céline, Miu Miu, Mulberry, Y-3, Moschino and Burberry Prorsum. Images from Fashion Gone Rouge.