The end of summer is vastly approaching as the back to school season has officially arrived. If you haven’t already run up your credit card bill adding a few Fall worthy pieces to your wardrobe, maybe today’s style inspiration will have you clicking away.
Khadija writes, “I am starting my last year of undergrad and I am really excited. College are the years where your style evolves from little girl to grown woman. I have done just that. What can I wear to spice it up from the first day of class moving forward. I do go to school in Atlanta so I have to be cognizant of the weather.”
Entering into your senior year of college can bring about a number of mixed emotions as you will be closing one chapter of your life and entering into another. And as you’ve matured throughout your undergrad years, I’m sure your style aesthetic has most likely transitioned with you.
To start off your school year in the right direction, I’ve compiled a number of wardrobe options that call for versatility, sophistication, and sass. And I am quite conscious of the college student budget as splurging on designer digs is usually a difficult feat for the average coed. With that being said, the key pieces for today’s style suggestions are from budget-friendly labels so you won’t have to worry about breaking the bank. So let’s dive in shall we…
Jewel tones mixed with rich neutrals are classic Fall worthy combinations that work well when you’re looking to vamp up your day to day wardrobe. So for option #1, I spruced up a simple jersey tank top with a burgundy jacquard-weave skirt. Incorporate a lace up bootie like a pair of Boutique 9 Orrino peep toe ankle boots or opt for an embellished flat like these Steve Madden Inklet suede flat pumps.
Compliment the color palette of the skirt with a burgundy top handle and contrast panel bag and a taupe waterfall jacket. For the finishing touches, add a bit of shimmer to this fun and flirty number with a Vince Camuto horn necklace and a pair of Kelly Wearstler stone rod earrings.
A wardrobe essential that always gives a grown and sophisticated vibe is a structured blazer. Create a preppy chic ensemble with a black and white striped blazer, a color-block woolen t-shirt, and a pair of black high-waist shorts. Opt for a sassy shoe selection with a metallic tone ballerina flat or add a dash of edginess with a pointed ankle boot style court shoe.
Lastly, work in a few details with a pair of House of Harlow 1960 Seer’s gold jet black bar earrings and a charm toggle bracelet from Forever 21. Strap on a classic city handbag like this Asos top handle bag with a quilted flap and you’ll be ready for your first day back on campus.
Give into your inner tomboy with a tiger embroidered short sleeve sweatshirt accented by a faux leather skirt for option #3. Uplift this monochromatic ensemble with a pair of Steve Madden Dianna peep toe ankle booties or get comfy in a pair of red wine hued wedge sneakers.
Pull the look together with a simple gold Chelsea vertical necklace, a pair of Betty Carre gold and beige stone long earrings, and a black hinge cuff bracelet. Lastly, make your way to class with a splurge-worthy designer iPad case like this gold studded Valentino option. And don’t forget to grab a trusty handbag like a Zara structured bowling bag to complete this look.
And once the weather has cooled down a bit, slip into a neon-trimmed wool-blend sweater dress with a pair of tall brown boots and a beige color-block structured handbag.
Work in a few statement pieces with a pair of gold earrings, a Vince Camuto horn necklace, and a pair of square-framed eyeglasses. For the finishing touch, spice things up with a Stella & Dot Chelsea leopard print covered mini iPad to house all of your lecture notes.
And there you have it! All of these pieces are so fab, I think I may have to nab a few for myself. What say you? Do any of these looks give you a few back-to-school ideas to work into your wardrobe?