Find the perfect outfit for your first day back-to-school with a little school outfit advice from Shoe Carnival!

Cute First Day Outfit Ideas

We’ve done all the homework – these back-to-school looks are straight fire!

School is almost here! While mom and dad stick to the school supplies list for folders, notebooks, and pencils, you get to pick what you’ll be wearing for the first day of school: the jeans, the shirts, and, yes, the shoes!

A cute pair of shoes is the cornerstone of any back-to-school outfit, because the right kicks can take a look from basic to lit. We did all the homework for you, and we’re about to spill the tea on our favorite first-day-of-school outfit ideas. Ready to start learning a little early? 😉

Look 1: Nike Trainers & 90’s Denim

Nike Air Max gives you a pop of confidence and comfort! Walk the halls with a little air in your step and then spring into action during gym class. With this stylish yet functional shoe, you’ll be ready for anything the day brings.

This retro combo of a ruched shirt and distressed mom jeans harkens the early 90’s aesthetic, and wearing pastel hues can perfectly complement the kicks. You can up the ante with a center part and a choker.

Look 2: Slip-On Canvas & Boxy T-Shirt

Canvas sneaks are a classic choice for the first day of school. Pair your slip-on sneakers with a boxy t-shirt and your favorite jeans for a comfy and casual first-day look.

The Blowfish Play sneakers are giving us major spooky vibes! With a sugar skull print, these canvas sneaks are cute shoes for school all year round, but especially for the fall. Add a sweater as the weather turns cold. If they start getting dirty before Día de los Muertos arrives, spot clean the canvas with colorless soap and water, and try a Magic Eraser on the rubber sides.

Look 3: Crocs & Tie-Dye Crop Top

Crocs are a school week no-brainer! Get top marks in style with Crocs for back to school
Shop here: Adults’ Crocs Classic Clogs in White
Also available in children’s sizes
(Jibbitz™ sold in-store separately)

Easily the best revival trend of the decade, Crocs are once again cool. First skyrocketing to popularity in 2006, Crocs are definitely in style again in 2021! The array of colors and patterns of Crocs clogs allow you to choose from nearly infinite pairing possibilities.

Straight leg, distressed denim, or mom jeans: you can’t go wrong with any of these denim staples. Add a breezy tie-dye crop and a contrasting shoe like these iconic white Crocs. Finally, make the look your own by loading on tons of Jibbitz™!

Bonus: Back-to-School Look for Little Girls

Pre-teen girls want to look fashionable, but they still need clothes ready for play – making slip-on sneakers a no-brainer. Classic yet trendy, this little girls’ look is easy, breezy, and adorable! A flouncy blouse with cottage-inspired detailing gets some edge when paired with denim. With color-coordinated tie-dye slip-ons, the look is complete.

For more reading, head over to our top shoe picks for middle and high school girls. Check out more great looks in the Back-to-School shop or at a Shoe Carnival store near you.  

All items in stock as of time of publication. Original publication 7/15/20. Updated 7/14/21.

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