What would the start of the school year be without the first day of school outfit? One perfectly matching set that somehow goes beyond just showing off a cute, outward appearance, but is really a representation of all the hopes and dreams about the year ahead.

Will there be new, exciting friends? First place science fair ribbons, soccer trophies, or solos in the play? The year could bring heart-fluttering crushes, surprise 16th birthday parties, or the Best. Prom. Ever.

A timeless tradition, every kid walks into the first day of school with stars in their eyes, butterflies in their stomach, and some pretty epic outfits. We’re guessing that whatever decade held your BTS years, it was sure to also hold some awesome fashion trends.

See below for some smile-enducing outfits worn by Gordmans associates back in the day. (And don’t hesitate to post your own throwback photos, too!)

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Julie, New Store Planning Manager

Heidi, Business Analyst

Jeff, Director of Marketing

Quinn, Distribution Analyst

Amanda, Email Marketing Coordinator

Jennifer, Senior Manager of Digital Strategy