Back-to-Campus Style for Under $100
The last thing college students want to worry about as they prepare to head back to school is their wardrobe. As it is, there is a semester full of classes, events and late nights to focus on. Fortunately, it is simple to build a functional back-to-campus wardrobe that will not break the bank, with pieces to suit every occasion on the agenda.
Denim Does It All
No doubt jeans are the go-to pick for most college students. Casual and stylish, modern denim styles exhibit something a little more enticing than older varieties; they are flattering, figure-flaunting and can be dressed up or down easily. For an up-to-date pair that works with everything from flats to booties, try Old Navy's The Boyfriend Slouchy Denim Capris ($14.99). Perfect for those early fall days, they are adorable with a simple button down or a tank and cardigan.
Another must-have for a brisk fall morning, Charlotte Russe's Button-Up Boyfriend Cardigan ($19.99) is relaxed, but with a slightly dressy twist that makes it a chic partner for a sleek skirt, dress pants or jeans. The rich maroon hue and brass buttons are right in line with the season's best color trends, but the design is not overly dressy for a day spent going from class to class.
Long and Lightweight
The temptation to slip into a casual tee and sweats is great (and who can really blame you when class starts at 7am?), but there are other alternatives if you want to sport something that is both laid back and pulled together. This H&M Jersey Top ($9.95) is available in plenty of colors and prints, like this spotted version. With skinny jeans and flats, it is the perfect long-day-on-campus ensemble.
It may not be cold enough for a coat, but the lightweight Rubbish Coated Canvas Mac Jacket ($59) is weighted just right for a brisk fall morning. Accented by contrasting patch pockets, it features edgy zip and button details. The cropped silhouette and deep raisin color give it a cool, on-trend vibe for the season.
Chances are there will be more than the occasional "I overslept!" moment. If you find yourself pulling an all-nighter, try a versatile top that takes you from overnight to early morning without a hitch. This Urban Outfitters Colorfast Baseball Tee ($34) is the height of casual, but will not make you look like you just rolled out of bed.
The antithesis to a pair of leggings, these Lou & Grey Pintucked Zip-Pocket Pants ($59.99) are effortlessly posh - the kind of piece that pairs well with anything from a boatneck T-shirt to a sleek tank top to a cropped blazer. That kind of versatility, along with incredible comfort, makes this a go-to for the stylish college student on the go.
What would the college experience be without date nights and fun with friends? The Express Reversible Cami Dress ($69.90) offers more than just pink and magenta color options. It is versatile enough to wear during the day with a chunky scarf, denim jacket and boots, or even layered beneath a boyfriend sweater and thrown on over leggings on a brisk day. Come evening, it is the ultimate party and date dress, especially when accessorized.