Wardrobe curriculum: Seven fashion essentials for going back to campus

Reading Time: 2 minutes Navigating campus fashion can be complicated. Whether you are an incoming freshman or first-year grad, these are the fashion-focused essentials that will start the school year on the right foot.

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Fashion has always played a significant role in the school year. The first day of school might be the biggest fashion event that occurs every fall. Think back to all the years you have laid out your outfit and anxiously awaited to showcase it on your first day. These are the seven fashion essentials to feature when it comes to laying out your outfit for going back to campus.

  1. Denim for days

A well-fitting pair of jeans is a timeless wardrobe staple that effortlessly combines comfort and style. A classic blue or black pair can be dressed up or dressed down for different occasions. From the classroom to casual hangouts, denim remains at the foundation of your college wardrobe. 

  1. Classic sneakers

Just like denim, a new pair of back-to-school sneakers is a classic. Being back at campus calls for a lot of walking. A comfortable pair of sneakers will be essential for every student. If you are a trendsetter or a traditionalist, a pair of sneakers is a closet staple. 

  1. Wear now, layer later

Back to school, back to basics. Basic tees in various colors are essential for creating versatile outfits. These tops can be paired with jeans, shorts and skirts. They can also be layered under blazers and jackets. 

  1. Got your back(pack)

The quintessential college accessory, a sturdy and stylish backpack is essential for carrying your books, laptop and other back-to-school essentials. With styles that find a balance between function and fashion, you can effortlessly transition from the classroom to the library. 

  1. Set your sights on a set

Back-to-campus season can be extremely busy and overwhelming. What you are going to wear on campus shouldn’t add any stress. An easy way to combat those mornings when you stare blankly at your closet figuring out what to wear is with a set. Matching sets are effortlessly stylish and make getting dressed mindless.

  1. Cozy, casual sweaters

As the weather begins to transition, cozy sweaters become vital. Cozy sweaters are an adaptable piece and can transition you from season to season. From chunky knits to lightweight cardigans, these items will both keep you warm and elevate any outfit.

  1. Outerwear: an essential

A nice-fitting coat or jacket is a crucial part of any fall wardrobe. It can be a trench coat, a leather jacket or a blazer. The right outerwear can instantly transform an outfit and provide the finishing touch to your look. 

In the fast-paced environment that is back-to-campus season, these fashion essentials provide a solid foundation for creating stylish and functional outfits. Ultimately, your college fashion choices are an extension of who you are. Stay true to your personal style and take this semester by storm.

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