With a new school year looming, here are some easy, comfortable, on-trend pieces to add to your look.

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The sunshine hasn’t even faded for the summer, but all the fall clothes rolling out are getting us excited to get back to campus (in style, of course).

With a new school year on the horizon, here are some ways to add easy, comfortable — and on-trend — pieces to your look.


At the beginning of the school year, you can keep rocking those trendy off-the-shoulder dresses. As temps cool off, though, swap them for a long maxi dress. Throw a cardigan on top of a sleeveless one, or look for a boho-chic long-sleeved dress in a fall hue.


As with dresses, shirts that show off your shoulders are big for fall, as are lace-up-front tops and that perennial fall staple, the flannel.

If you’re looking for a simple top to dress up your favorite jeans, go for a crop top that’s short enough to be on trend but that doesn’t show your belly. A waist-length, flowy, pleated blouse keeps it casual for campus.

Charlotte Russe Lace Yoke Pleated Blouse, $23 at charlotterusse.com; Gap Utility Jacket, $100
Charlotte Russe Lace Yoke Pleated Blouse, $23 at charlotterusse.com; Gap Utility Jacket, $100

And a graphic tee makes a thrown-on outfit a little more interesting.


Skinny jeans are hot for fall, as are baggier boyfriend jeans cuffed or rolled up a bit at the ankle. Colored denim has also popped back into circulation.

Investing in a great pair of black high-waist jeans is smart, as they can be worn almost anywhere. They’re super versatile, and the dark color is flattering.


Utility jackets are everywhere, and will get you to early morning classes or evening study sessions in style. Likewise, the classic jean jacket is a perennial campus favorite. Both can be worn in place of a blazer or cardigan in chilly classrooms.


For trekking across campus, look for a pair of simple ankle booties in brown or charcoal that you can wear with anything.

Simple white canvas sneakers are another must-have in any fall closet. You can find a sleek pair at any price point, and they go with just about anything, from dresses to jeans.