Schoolboy P

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“Back to school…back to school…to prove to Dad that I’m not a fool.” – Billy Madison

When I threw this look together I immediately thought of how much it made me feel like I was back in school wearing a uniform. Given, mine was much rattier and ill-fitting, but the polo and cardigan combo is unmistakable.

Simplicity is the name of the game sometimes, this outfit being a key example. I’ve been wanting to bust out a polo on the blog for awhile now and finally figured out how I could make it work for me. Buttoning up all of the buttons takes a polo to the next level, in my opinion. It becomes an awesome layering piece that can be built onto with a blazer, casual jacket or cardigan, like here. This Banana Republic cardigan has been in my rotation for years. I love it because it has notes of retro inspiration due to the stripes on the sleeves, but the color scheme is a bit more noir than classic varsity sweaters.

Also, if you don’t already have a pair, I’d highly suggest investing in some coated black denim. They’re crazy comfortable once broken in and they give a slight hint of dressiness to your outfit because of the sheen of the material.

The pop of color from these sweet maroon Chuck low tops is a fun way to stand out and be more comfortable. After all, my shoe addiction is blamed entirely on the fact that growing up wearing a uniform, sneakers were the only way to stand out from the pack. This outfit accomplishes that well.

Are you a fan of throwing it back to the days of yore? Would you rock this outfit?

Stay happy, my friends!


Photos by Travis Lee Eller Photography

About the author

I'm Parker York Smith, a curious dude still very much figuring everything out. I hail from the Midwest but have been dwelling in Los Angeles for the last few years being a pretty stereotypical west coast transplant. I'm a fashion geek, I love to walk (a LOT) and I do my best to find the bright side. I'm extremely excited about this blog and hope that (with some hard work and luck) it turns into what I believe it can. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please get in touch with me via my social networks (which can be found in the sidebar) or email me at

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