4 Steps to Creating Layer Envy

In a recent post where we gave you the 411 on upping your style game without breaking the bank, where we talked about the secret power of layering. The reason why celebs and models always look dressed to perfection in magazines? Layers. The key to keeping warm and looking stylish? Layers. Here’s some basics that will get you started on your way to layer envy!

1) 3-4 Long Sleeves, various patterns and colors

The long sleeve is probably one of the most overlooked and underutilized layers. Probably because when left alone on the shelf, a plain long sleeve seems so boring – but when paired with a button up and a cardigan or chunky sweater, the long sleeve is a KEY piece. We recommend at least one stripe, one solid that matches (or contrasts!) well with your personal wardrobe, and one classic white.

2) Colorful tank tops: the bolder the better

Tank tops seem contradictory in the winter, but a tiny burst of color can go a long way when peeping out of a boatneck sweater and peacoat ensemble. Or what about wearing it under a sweater dress with tights? At every turn, a couple bright tank tops is the key to adding subtle pops of color.

3) Printed tees, in a variety of necklines

Printed tees come in handy when pulled on over a button up, or layered under a sheer sweater.

4) Outerwear and accessories

Jackets of various weights, lightweight and heavy knit scarves, knit mittens and fingerless gloves. These are the outerwear accessories that will complete your lovely layering. The devil’s in the details, so don’t forget to change up your outerwear style. Try layering two light weight jackets or wear a chunky, heavy knit sweater instead of your heavy winter jacket everyday.


Bringing Production back to America

Boston Consulting Group recently published a study titled “Made in America, Again: Why Manufacturing Will Return to the U.S.” In it, authors Harold L. Sirkin, Michael Zinser, and Douglas Hohner draw the conclusion that “rising Chinese wages, higher U.S. productivity, a weaker dollar, and other factors will virtually close the gap between the U.S. and China for many goods consumed in North America.” The implications? The U.S. is, once again, becoming an attractive option for manufacturing.

Made in America

As a company that prides ourself on our Made in America story, frankly we’re glad to see such conclusions drawn. At the same time, we understand that many companies that put the bottom line above all else may instead just shift production from China to other low cost countries. However, as Sirkin et al point out, “these nations’ ability to absorb the higher-end manufacturing that would otherwise go to China will be limited by inadequate infrastructure, skilled workers, scale and domestic supply networks, as well as by political and intellectual property risks. Low worker productivity, corruption, and the risk to personal safety are added concerns in some countries.”

The point these authors are making is that not only has American manufacturing not met its demise, as predicted, but the U.S. is in fact becoming an “increasingly attractive option, especially for products consumed in North America.”

We at School House couldn’t agree more, and we are proud to say we are part of that trend bringing production back to America.

Things you Find on Every College Campus

I consider it part of my job to study campus style, stay up-to-date on trends and try to push the boundaries of “collegiate fashion” at School House. But, no matter how avant garde your campus is, there’s a few campus staples that never seem to go out of style. Here’s my list of things you can find on every college campus. BTW – this would be a STELLAR scavenger hunt idea if you’re into that sort of thing. Which of these items do you own? Which items should be added?

  • Keds
  • Toms
  • Varsity Jackets
  • Cardigans
  • Sweat pants (and more recently, leggings)
  • Moccassins
  • College T-shirts/Sweatshirts
  • High School T-shirts/Sweatshirts
  • Tempo Shorts
  • Messenger Bags
  • Backpacks
  • Pajama Pants/Shorts
  • Plaid
  • An “I Heart College” Shirt


Super cute jewerlry…made of fabrics??

Okay, so I’m obsessed with this necklace from the Swedish fashion label COS (Collection of Style).

layered ribbon necklace, €19, cosstores.com

It’s made of cotton organza ribbon with raw edges folded and layered neatly in pleats around a silver double chain.  How cute is this?  I love the idea this season of necklaces that not only make a statement, but do it in fabric.  It adds a whole other dimension to the idea of jewelry for me.

Along the same lines, but in a totally different mood, bracelets like this one from ethical fashion boutique Knot, are totally cute, fair trade, and made from high quality fabric! Knot is a UK based boutique that sells their merch online on ASOS Marketplace!

floral surf print fabric bracelet, $11.63, marketplace.asos.com

I’m completely in love, and skipping out to find more amazing fabric pieces!

Craftsmanship and Care Labels

As part of our move to “Made in America,” one of the projects we’ve been working on lately is new care label. We’ve been fascinated by some of the old labels from vintage brands, and decided to incorporate a classic Americana feel to our next round of labels. Check out some of our favorite vintage finds and let us know which of the School House labels you like best!