Exchanging summer’s freedoms for fall’s schedules is difficult (does anyone actually enjoy waking up at the crack of dawn for class?) but don’t let lack of sleep impact your style—take a cue from the season’s Seventies trend when considering your academic wardrobe. Whether you’re racing to the cafeteria or prepping for an exam, you’ll be sure to look chic without even trying.
By Molly Mintz
Alexa Chung for AG Revolution Bootcut Jean
Because there is no such thing as having too many pairs of jeans, add some diversity to your denim drawer. British beauty Alexa Chung collaborated with AG Jeans to create a high-waisted bootcut style that is universally flattering and sexy, ensuring that no matter your body type, you’ll look like an hourglass with every wear. Slip into a delicate shirt and boots or sneakers during the day, then amp up the volume in a flow-y blouse with sky-high platforms for a disco-inspired evening spin.
Nasty Gal Tux Romper
When you slip into this killer romper, what you’re truly wearing is confidence. Styling this versatile necessity for night is a no-brainer (strappy sandals, dangly earrings, and a killer clutch, anyone?) but when worn on campus, it’s all the more interesting. Don’t be afraid of layering—an eclectic vintage tee, cozy flannel or turtleneck worn underneath makes the plunging neckline an eye-catching element of a casual daytime outfit.
Acne Studios Dion Boot
A new school year calls for a new pair of boots. They’re the shoes you’ll wear directly from the lab to the lunch date, which means investing in a sleek style that can withstand sand, slick and snow is an absolute must. Acne Studios’ Dion boot comes as a penny from Heaven; the patent leather, Western-inspired metal backing and stacked heel caters to every outfit, every situation, and every season.
Elizabeth and James Cynnie Shopper
Growing up, your slumber parties were nothing without Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen’s antics on Full House. Now you’re all grown up, and the twins are too; their modern, accessible Elizabeth and James line’s offers a green suede carryall that can be worn as a shoulder bag, tote or cross-body. You do it all, and therefore you need a bag that can keep up. The rich jewel-tone and inviting texture of the Cynnie will take even your most lackluster outfit to the next level.
Réalisation Par Bianca Blouse
Australian editor Alexandra Spencer teamed up with designer-friend Teale Talbot to create a line of ethereal clothing, and the aptly-named Bianca blouse is no exception. Long flared sleeves and a dainty cropped fit intrigue while an adjustable-tie front ensures the perfect fit. To combat sheerness while the sun is out, layer Bianca over a basic tank, or wear it underneath your favorite sundress for added coverage. When the sun sets, forgo layering. Opt for a lacy bralette, or—for the more daring—nothing at all; dark-wash denim, a multitude of necklaces, and stilettos help carry this magical shirt wherever midnight takes you—just make sure you’re back in time for morning lecture.
THE FINISHING TOUCH
Isabel Marant Gold-Plated and Resin Rings Set
Stressful all-nighters and tough midterm papers are on the horizon—and when the going gets tough, the tough start chomping, so distract yourself from your less-than-chic nail beds with Isabel Marant’s very chic ring set. Adorned with assorted black resin beads, wearing them on different fingers or stacked creates a simple statement; wearing your favorite solo is simply elegant.