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Simple Back-to-School Styles Anyone Can Pull Off

The first day on your new college campus is going to be awesome, but also slightly scary. If you’re returning to college as a sophomore or upperclassmen, you will want to make a statement and be remembered.

Unless you’ve overslept and rushing around last minute, dressing for college isn’t that difficult. Whether you’re looking for a comfy, funky, or preppy look, here are some super cute ideas for your first day of school no matter what year you’re entering!

Plaid & Trendy

Emma Chamberlain / Photo Credit:

Emma Chamberlain always has the cutest looks and you can make them your own! This adorable plaid mini-skirt and crop sweater combo that she wore to BeautyCon is one of my fave looks of hers. Pair it with some comfy combat boots and you’ve got yourself a simple, on-trend look that takes little effort.

Puff Sleeves

LOVESHACKFANCY Jansen Puff Sleeve Crop Top available at Nordstrom.

Like last fall, puff sleeves are still a big trend and is actually becoming even more popular this year. Slip on a puff sleeve dress or crop top/skirt combo, add some flats, and you’re ready to kill it on your first day.

Feeling Lazy?

Sweatsuits by Entireworld, Krost, Cotton Citizen, Mandkhai, Mad Happy, and Revolve. | Collage by Business of Fashion

College kids are notorious for making the lazy look an artform. These matching sweatsuits are the way to go. Finish the look with a high pony, a messy bun, or top knot, and a pair of hoops and your lazy look will look chic as well as feel super comfortable.


What about when you have to stand in front of the class and speak for a presentation or group project? That can be incredibly nerve wracking! The perfect outfit can give you all of the confidence you’ll need. Take a page from Hailey Bieber’s style book and dress up a simple outfit with a belt and a long coat or blazer for a touch of sophistication without overdoing it. Wear your hair back (it will keep you from nervously playing with it as you speak) and throw on some hoop earrings.

Transform Your Summer Style Into Fall

Vanessa Hudgens wearing Hampshire Handkerchief Midi Dress from Bloomingdale's. Photo Credit:

Since summer still hangs around through September, you can still make use of all of those midi dresses and pair it with a denim jacket. Wear it or tie it around your waist to suit the temperature.