Here's a few pictures from a 1947 southern California yearbook I picked up a while ago. Vintage yearbooks are great resources for hairstyling ideas, and the average girls fashion choices. I get a lot of inquiries about how to dress appropriately in vintage for school. Just because it's the past, doesn't mean people dressed in petticoats and feathered hats to study in. It seems every girl had a plaid skirt, collared blouse, and cardigan. And the socks! The pages are filled with cuffed white socks, with saddle shoes, canvas tennies, loafers, and even wedge sandals. The plaid jackets in the photo below seem to be early versions of a 49er, and I love how the boy cuffed his slacks up.
As far as carrying around school supplies and books, if you want to keep the look vintage, look for a canvas or leather messenger bag, or backpack of the same material if you have a lot of textbooks.
I know this post is right at the end of the school year, but there will be another, bigger one come fall! For now just gawk at the pretty hairstyles ;)