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How to Wear 3 Cute Back-to-School Dresses


Back to school dress outfits

Free WiFi, hazelnut coffee, and cute dresses are three things I love.

Dresses are one of my favorites because:

  1. You don’t need to match a top and a bottom.
  2. It looks like effort was applied.
  3. They’re perfect for days when you do not feel like wearing pants.

However, if you’re moving this fall like I am, it can be hard to decide which dresses to bring to a new place, or what types of frocks to buy for the new school year.

Below are the three types of dresses that I recommend bringing with you to college. Scroll down to check out how I’ve styled each one:

1. The Versatile Dress

Little black dress back to school look
Dress from Forever 21

LBDs are popular for a reason. This dress is great for almost anything: going out, attending a sorority event, honors night, or any event where you want to dress up a bit.

What makes this neutral dress so versatile is that with tights, flats, and a cardigan or blazer, it can easily be transformed into a more modest, professional look for career fairs or a casual interview.

When it comes to tight dorms or shared closets, versatility is key. Your clothes need to multitask if they want to make the cut. Bonus points if they can cook and clean for you.

2. The Trendy Dress

Floral high low dress outfit
Dress from Entourage

The opposite of the first dress, I recommend bringing a trendy dress. This could be one in a pattern you love; I’ll be wearing floral prints until I’m pushing up daisies. High-low dresses aren’t going to be around forever, so get good use out of that one fun and trendy dress you have while you can.

In contrast to the first dress, which is all being neutral and versatile, these daring dresses show off personality. Step outside your comfort zone!

3. The Casual Dress

Sundress and birkenstocks outfit
Dress from Wet Seal

I can’t live without a good ol’ casual sundress. These are perfect to wear to class (unless you’re in high school and have a strict dress code). They walk the line between breathable and adorable.

To contrast the navy color of this one, I paired it with a slouchy mustard cross-body bag, and fake (ssh!) Birkenstocks.

A secret about these sandals: these are actually my mom’s from when sporty sandals were in vogue many years ago. Now the circle has come around again, and home girl ain’t about to drop a hundred for them. I think pairing sporty sandals with girly pieces, like a dress, is a foolproof combination.

Your turn!

Which dress is your favorite? What must-have dresses will you bring to college? What are looking forward to the most about back-to-school? Tell me what you think by leaving a comment below.

Posted on on August 10, 2014 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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7 Responses to “How to Wear 3 Cute Back-to-School Dresses”

  1. 1
    August 10th, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Love love LOVE the first dress! But the link isn’t working/: Could you try a different link or put a similar dress up?
    Thank you!!:)

  2. 2
    August 10th, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Hi Meagan, we included links to the stores, not the actual dresses. Sorry for any confusion! We will try to include links to exact or similar clothing items next time :)

  3. 3
    August 11th, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Love #2 High-Low Dress. Really cute and feminine. They make me feel fresh ! The Skater style dresses and skirts have the same effect. Pretty !

  4. 4
    August 11th, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Where did you get your mustard crossbody bag? That would transition beautifully into fall!

  5. 5
    August 12th, 2014 at 12:05 am

    I love the 3rd one. Perfect color and it looks simple. But I think it’s better to wear it with a different kind of shoe. White cute sandals would be perfect.

  6. 6
    August 12th, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Thanks Joanne! I love skater style dresses and skirts too.

    Hi Erin! It’s from Old Navy, but it’s pretty old. The color is amazing! I think a mustard infinity scarf would be great for fall as well.

    Estherr, that sounds so cute! Maybe I should buy some white sandals now :)

  7. 7
    August 20th, 2014 at 2:22 am

    Same here ” i can’t live without a good ol’ casual sundress” i wear it at college and parties wherever i get the chance

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