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Outfits Under $100: How to Wear 5 Must-Have Fall Dresses

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Between book-buying and purchasing dorm essentials, you may need to swing by your favorite fashion shops to curate your fall wardrobe. Ready or not, the change in seasons is here. Dresses are always a must-have; the ease of throwing on a frock for class makes them our favorite fall staple.

Feeling a little lost? Just refer to this shopping guide from your friends here at College Fashion! As always, all of the outfits below are under $100, so you can spend your hard-earned cash on groceries, notebooks, and happy hours.

1: Chambray Shirt Dress – $95.80

Chambray shirt dress and wedges outfit
Product Information: Dress – American Eagle, Shoes – Wet Seal, Belt – H&M, Earrings – Aldo

You may have once thought chambray would be a short-lived fad, but we are here to tell you that it isn’t going anywhere. Invest in a semi-distressed chambray shirt dress for fall. This may be the most versatile purchase you make all season! You can rock it with boots, flats, tights, belts, and any accessory under the sun.

For the summer-to-fall transition, we love the idea of a wearing a bright pair of comfortable wedges that pop against the dress. Also, add a neutral-colored belt around the waist for extra shape. Accessorize with faux-tarnished, geometric gold earrings, then sweep your hair into a ponytail to finish this class-appropriate look.

2. Wear-Everywhere Colorful Dress – $83.65

Yellow dress and teal cardigan outfit
Product Information: Dress – Mango, Cardigan – Amazon, Shoes – Go Jane, Earrings – Nordstrom Rack

Maybe you sink into a sea of neutrals when the weather gets chilly, but there’s no need to go there quite yet. A dress in a bold color that you can wear everywhere is an ideal for those days when you run between class, internships, errands, and dinner with friends. We are coveting this bright yellow beauty with pleats down the front.

There’s no reason not to pair it with a complementary color, and this teal cardigan is exactly what the dress needs for chilly mornings. Grab a pair of comfortable stacked heels, which have a classy and cool vibe. Finally, who needs layers and layers of jewelry when you’ve got these glamorous, smoky teardrop studs?

3. Versatile Midi-Length Dress – $97.54

Midi length dress outfit
Product Information: Dress – H&M, Shoes – Charlotte Russe, Bag – Forever 21, Necklace – Forever 21

There is nothing to fear about the midi-length dress! This H&M frock is a fabulous and flattering color on anyone. With a sweater and flats, this dress would be great for class. However, when paired with glam accents, this dress can be taken out on the town!

For this nighttime ensemble, opt for a shoulder bag in a bold color to hold all of your necessities. Accessorize with a chain fringe necklace that makes a serious statement and adds a little edge to this classy outfit. Complete the look with cute white pumps with bow details.

4: Bold Patterned Shift Dress – $89.34

Patterned shift dress outfit
Product Information: Dress – Boohoo, Shoes – H&M, Bag – Aeropostale, Earrings – Nasty Gal

Some dresses speak for themselves, and this bold patterned shift dress is one of them. With a variety of patterns in an ombre effect, the colors complement each other while simultaneously standing out.

Since the dress is so bold, keep the other elements of the outfit minimal, like the white pumps with a subtle snakeskin texture. These earrings are a unique take on the traditional silver hoop, while a white crossbody satchel is a sleek and stylish choice.

5: Long Sleeve Slouchy Dress – $94.78

Long sleeved dress and color-blocked heels outfit
Product Information: Dress – Mango, Shoes – Zara, Bag – Forever 21, Earrings – Aldo

Above all, comfort is key. If a dress is not comfortable, you are not going to wear it. We love the idea of a slouchy, long sleeved sweater dress. The exact opposite of the patterned dress above, this look is a blank canvas for you to have fun with.

When wearing a neutral dress, bright and funky accessories are key, so center this outfit around these bangin’ tri-colored shoes. Add a tote bag – this graphic one incorporates the colors found in the shoes. Feeling dramatic? Some slinky, chain earrings are the perfect finishing touch.

What dresses are your must-haves this fall?

Which styles will you be wearing this season? Which outfit is most “you?” Which one do you like best? Leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts!

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Leah’s August Favorites



There’s no way August is almost over, but congratulations to everyone on making it through the first weeks of school! You know the drill: let’s jump into some August favorites.



If you’ve read my articles for a while, you may have noticed something: I’ve never bought anything from Urban Outfitters. This was partly on purpose, and partly because there aren’t any stores by me. This dress is my first UO purchase!

When I saw the contrasting Peter Pan collar, the floral pattern, and shift shape, the fire was kindled. Some kids don’t want to grow up. I don’t want to take this dress off.

Hair and Makeup

Spa bb rimmel stay matte biosilk dry shampoo august faves

My love affair with BB creams began recently.

Since discovering this Spa BB cream, I’ve only worn foundation for special occasions. My skin feels better, my acne is less prone, and the color is incredible. However, I was reluctant to feature it because trying to find this brand online is like playing Where’s Waldo without Waldo. I want to set a bounty price on this BB. If you’ve heard of this brand, Spa(?), please let me know in the comments! I found it at TJ Maxx.

If you haven’t tried Rimmel’s Stay Matte powder, get out of town. I forgot how long-lasting and oil resistant this stuff is. Guardian of the galaxy? More like guardian of the pores.

Dry Shampoo, Self-Tanner

Batiste’s dry shampoo will forever be on a pedestal, but if you’re looking for a dry shampoo that doesn’t smell or feel chalky, Biosilk’s Revive Dry Clean Shampoo is for you. It’s clear, so it’s easier to work into hair, but there is a catch: it’s doesn’t absorb oil quite as powerfully as Batiste.

Hi, my name is Leah and I suffer from ashy ghost knees. What do I mean by this? I wake up, and they’ve turned white with fear. This Jergens’ gradual self-tanner was more moisturizing to my dry legs than guacamole to a microwave quesadilla. I’ve never had streaks with this, but what really sets it apart is the aroma. Finally, a self-tanner that doesn’t smell like a self-tanner!

Back-to-School Supplies


The colors and details of this Lilly Pulitzer planner put the freebie bookstore planners to shame. I also love the monthly divider tabs, the monthly and weekly view of each month, and the adorable stickers. It’s also cheaper than the lust-worthy Kate Spade gold polka dot planner, if you’re like me and can’t justify spending that much on a planner.

The Desk lamp to end all desk lamps.

This white desk lamp has a button to turn on, gold details, and a black striped cord. Does it get any better?


Favorite Book

Hungry by H.A. Swain

In a world where nutrition is supplied by the government and taken in medication form, one girl’s stomach won’t stop growling. (Story of my life!)

Possibly my favorite teen dystopian novelHungry features the most dimensional, multifaceted dystopian world. With dystopian novels, usually there’s the unique catch, a few elements of society are described, and everything else is vaguely glossed over.

In this book, all the elements of the world are so well thought out. From business to technology to government, and the way social media worked, this author’s world building gets an “A”.

Favorite Fashion Blogger

The internet has been bombarded by back-to-school themed videos and articles this month. This one is the best. Her Instagram is also one of my favorites.

Favorite Movie

Five Groots out of five.

What have you been loving this month?

What’s your favorite BB cream? Did you get a new planner? What books did you read? Let me know below!

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Fashion Inspiration: Essie Fall 2014 Collection


Essie fall 2014 collection
Photo Courtesy of Essie

What’s one cheap and easy way to change up your look for fall? With nail polish, of course! Right now, I’m loving Essie’s new Fall 2014 collection, which includes six polishes that I think are the epitome of autumn.

The colors range from burgundy red to deep forest green to chocolate brown – all rich, luxurious, and muted tones. They’re a welcome change from bright, summery neons, and they’re totally getting me in the back-to-school mood. Need a little more inspiration? Check out these three looks based on colors from the collection:

“Style Cartel”

Essie fall 2014 red blouse gray jeans
Product Info: Blouse – Lord & Taylor, Jeans – Old Navy, Flats – Bluefly, Scarf – Kohl’s, Earrings – Lord & Taylor, Nail Polish – Essie in “Style Cartel”

This outfit is totally foolproof, but looks very clean and polished. Gray jeans in all shades are on-trend this fall, so style a light-washed pair with a rich, contrasting burgundy blouse. Black loafers dress things up a touch while still staying comfy for class, while a gray plaid scarf adds warmth and texture. Complete the look with simple studs and a swipe of Essie’s standout navy shade, “Style Cartel.”

“Dress to Kilt”

Essie fall 2014 plaid skirt utility jacket
Product Info: Blouse – H&M, Skirt – Wet Seal, Jacket – Old Navy, Tights – Francesca’s, Boots – Wet Seal, Rings – H&M, Nail Polish – Essie in “Dress to Kilt”

Sure, you may not own a real kilt, but you can get the next best thing: a plaid skirt. Pair it with sleek black tights and a pintucked black blouse, then layer on a green utility jacket to keep out the chill. Black combat boots help toughen up the outfit and keep it from looking too much like a school uniform. Lastly, decorate those digits with a set of gold rings and Essie’s rich burgundy polish.

“Take It Outside”

Essie fall 2014 navy blazer blue jeans
Product Info: Sweater – Forever 21, Blazer – Mango, Jeans – H&M, Boots – Aeropostale, Bag – Target, Earrings – Lord & Taylor, Nail Polish – Essie in “Take it Outside”

This look has a classic, sophisticated, and collegiate feel. It pairs comfy basics – blue jeans, a cream sweater, and riding boots – with a stylish double-breasted navy blazer and an eye-catching bright red handbag. The final touches are subtle gold drop earrings and pale taupe nails, which add sparkle and glossiness to the ensemble.


What do you think of Essie’s new polishes? Which color is your favorite? Which look would you wear? Let us know in the comments!

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