College is all about exploring new things and taking chances, so why not start off the school year by playing with your personal style? After all, cooler temps mark more than just the start of a new semester -- autumn also brings cool new trends to try. Welcome to Chic University, where back-to-school outfits take fall trends to the collegiate level. Class is now in session.
The Back-to-School Blazer
Bring some serious style to class with this ready-to-hit-the-books look. A long, dark-colored blazer is not only practical for chillier weather, but it also emanates a confident, big-woman-on-campus vibe. To style this look, be sure to pick a blazer that hits at or below your hips and pair it with distressed jeans and a colorful graphic tank. Complete the look by rolling the sleeves up to expose your wrists and adding a chunky watch -- you don’t want to be late to your next class!
The In-Between Scarf
Though it’s not quite time for the cozy knit scarves of winter, adding a thin cotton scarf to your back-to-school look is on-trend for fall. Accessorize a laid-back outfit with a colorful, patterned scarf by wrapping it only once around your neck or letting it hang loose. To add even more color to a neutral outfit, layer a couple lightweight scarves in contrasting colors.
Remember the last scene in “Grease” when Olivia Newton John appears as newly-styled Sandy and everyone’s jaws drop? That high-impact factor is easy to achieve with this daring fall trend. Black leather is bold, so be sure to keep it simple. Start with just one leather piece, like a jacket or pants, and add casual jeans or a black tee. For the ultimate statement, keep everything black and add a pop of color with a bright hat like Hilary Duff. Jaws will drop all over campus.
Top it Off
From beanies to bowlers, this fall trend is easy to pull off since there are so many choices. Add a neutral fedora to a casual tee and jeans, or pair a colorful neon beanie to a chunky sweater and corduroy pants. For a bohemian look, channel Nikki Reed and don a cowboy trilby with a maxi skirt and loose cotton blouse. You get extra credit for combining two fall trends if you add a leather jacket!
The 90s are back in a big way. Combinations like crop tops, plaid button-ups, and grungy graphic tees paired with cutoffs or skorts are popping up everywhere. For the full-on grunge look, emulate Caroline D’Amore and pair a plaid button down with a jean or leather vest and add gothic-inspired tights. Not ready to go full-on grunge? For just a taste of the 90s, get nostalgic and try out this fall trend on campus by throwing on a graphic band tee and pairing it with either boyfriend jeans or cutoffs.
The Everlasting Trend
Don’t put away your peplum just yet! Thanks to its versatility, this trend is sticking around for yet another season. Headed to class? Pair a peplum top with distressed capris or neutral skinnies. For weekends, peplum dresses and tops can be jazzed up with metallic accessories.
The Statement Trench
If you add one thing to your fall wardrobe, make it a statement trench. They are fit for braving the chilly weather while running from one class to the next and will help your wardrobe transition into winter . A color-block trench in classic colors is a surefire way to polish off any outfit. Add gloves and a bright blouse underneath, like Rihanna does here, to complete the look.
Move Over, Jeans!
Always a wardrobe staple, jeans are a great go-to when getting class-ready. But denim on top is fall’s new look. With button-downs and jean jackets in washes galore, it's easy to find a flattering piece of denim to don on top. For a library-ready ensemble, pair a denim shirt with corduroys. Want to make a statement before you even raise your hand in class? Channel your inner grunge and pair a distressed denim vest with a leather skirt and over-the-knee boots. Feeling daring? Try the all-denim look like Rabea Schif. Use contrasting washes of denim on top and bottom to break up all the blue.
Stomp the Courtyard
Kick up your back-to-campus look with new kicks: Wedge sneakers! Style a quintessential fall look by pairing wedge sneakers with skinny jeans, a leather jacket and a thin scarf. These comfy shoes work for weekends, too. To achieve a unique going-out look, wear them with a patterned minidress.
An A-line patterned skirt guarantees grade-A school style. Pick one with a lighter material and dark colors to pair with black tights for chilly days. Mix it up with a chunky knit sweater on top to contrast the airy skirt, or combine with an oversized jacket that ends below the skirt like Ashlee Simpson for a slimming look.