Fall has arrived, which means it’s time to pack away the brightly colored tank tops, bro tanks, and shorts in favor of a warmer and more neutral-colored wardrobe. If you don’t already have these staples of fall fashion, be sure to head to your favorite store or thrift shop to get your closet ready for autumn.
Ladies, you’ll want to invest in a cute, well-fitting pair of flat boots. They can be paired with jeans, skirts, or dresses for a great looking style, and they’ll keep your feet cozy once winter moves in. Also, a go-to pair of flats will keep you comfortable on those long, gusty walks across campus. They’re versatile, and if you can find a good style and fit, you’ll basically live in them. Guys, look for rugged, ankle-length boots in a distinctive fabric, such as corduroy or canvas in different colors like cream or navy blue.
Boat shoes may be a traditional summer trend, but don’t put yours away yet because they’re still in style this fall. You can wear them with a casual or dressy outfit. There are tons of classic styles available for men and any number of funky and fun styles for women.
You don’t want to forget to look stylish during your daily (…or weekly…or monthly) workout. Brightly colored running shoes are all the rage this fall, so grab a pair and work out in style.
Everyone has that pair of brightly colored or torn jeans, but a pair of traditional jeans should be a staple in your closet. Splurge a bit if you have to, but make sure you have that one pair of flattering, basic jeans. If you find the right pair, they can last you a long time, so it will be worth the investment.
A plain t-shirt may be comfy from day to day, but you’re going to need a few nice going-out tops. Whether it’s a school function or a night out, a dressier top is a must-have for a student wardrobe. Pair it with a blazer to dress it up, or a cardigan to stay casual.
For both guys and ladies, sweaters are the way to wear fall colors with flair. 90’s styles are making a comeback, so go for a grunge-inspired look. Check out a thrift shop for sweaters or flannel button-ups. Pair them with skinny jeans and boots for a fashion-forward style.
If you’re looking to change up your style without getting a whole new wardrobe, add a silky infinity scarf. And men’s scarves are making a comeback this fall, so look for bulkier, knit scarves. A scarf will make your whole outfit click, and you can recycle outfits like crazy by pairing the same shirt with different scarves.
You don’t have to worry about being glared at by a professor for checking the time on your phone during class ever again because wristwatches are in this fall. Find a watch that suits you, and you’ll make it to class on time and in style.
Let’s face it: if you have long hair, the wind will tangle it into an uncontrollable mess if you don’t pull it back on those gusty days on the hill. Find a few colorful headbands or bows. A headband adds a trendy touch to an otherwise plain outfit, and makes for an easy hairstyle in a pinch. Knit beanies are also in for both guys and ladies. They’re great for chilly, fall days and are a quick solution to bad hair days.
Finally, you don’t want to have to hold your phone and keys while you’re out or heaven forbid, wear your lanyard around your neck in typical first-year fashion. Invest in a cute cross-body bag. They’re quite practical, and you won’t have to worry about losing anything.
Whether you’re ready or not, winter is coming soon, so embrace fall colors and styles while you can. It’s a new season, so it’s the perfect time to update your wardrobe and try something new.