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Outfits Under $100: 4 Chic Looks for the First Day of School


Photo: ELLE

You’ve got your textbooks purchased, all of your classes mapped out, and your backpack packed. Now what’s left is the struggle to figure out what to wear on that important occasion: the first day of college.

You want to put your best self forward and start the semester off on the right foot, but there are so many things to take into consideration. How professional is too dressy? What shoes are going to be comfortable enough for class? Will the classrooms be cold even though it’s hot outside?

Don’t fret, freshman. Below are four outfits to inspire your first-day-of-college wardrobe. It isn’t our first semester, so we understand how strapped your wallet can be. All the looks are budget-friendly, ringing in at under $100 each. Scroll down to check out all of the looks:

Introduction to Business – $92.73

First Day of School Outfit: tropical print skort, sleeveless blouse, oxfords
Product Information: Top – H&M, Skort – Boohoo, Shoes – Charlotte Russe, Bag – Black Five, Necklace – Forever 21

Don’t forsake your personal style in an effort to look professional… there is no reason you can’t have both! This boldly-patterned asymmetrical skort should be the focal point of your look. A simple sleeveless button-up is classy enough for college, but will also keep you cool in the sweltering temps.

Opt for neutral-colored flat oxfords that are comfortable enough to walk across campus. A colorful necklace ties in with the skirt, while a bold yellow bag adds fantastic contrast.

Pottery I – $89.18

First Day of School Outfit: Boyfriend jeans, black tee, ankle boots
Product Information: Top – Mango, Jeans – American Eagle Factory, Shoes – Macy’s, Scarf – Aeropostale, Earrings – Charlotte Russe

If you’re taking an art course this semester, you probably won’t be getting too messy on your first day. However, some classes do require you to dive right into the pottery or paint, so there’s no need to get dressy.

We love the idea of baggy boyfriend jeans and a plain tee. Jazz it up with a leopard print scarf and some cute little booties. If you feel underdressed, throw on gold hoops to complement your look.

Beginner’s Latin – $94.88

First Day of School Outfit: Printed Blouse, Red Shorts, Loafers
Product Information: Top – Modcloth, Shorts – Delia’s, Shoes – Charlotte Russe, Bag – Etsy

Although you’re back in school, it is still summer. You don’t have to ditch your favorite red shorts as long as you pair them with a polished button-up. Smoking slippers are right on-trend and comfortable enough to hike from class to class. A cute graphic tote is perfect for hauling around a textbook, your laptop, and the rest of your essentials.

English Composition I – $84.06

Outfit for class striped top skirt ballet flats
Product Information: Top – LL Bean, Skirt – H&M, Shoes – Deb, Necklace – Modcloth, Earrings – Forever 21

A high-waisted pleated skirt looks polished when styled with a three-quarter length striped sailor shirt. Lace-up ballet flats are a chic take on a classic style. Your finishing touches should be simple; a dainty necklace and a pair of bow-shaped studs are all this outfit needs to make your first day of class a smashing success.

What will you be wearing on the first day of college?

Do you already have an outfit picked out? What style above is your favorite? If this isn’t your first year, what tips do you have for incoming freshman regarding what to wear? Leave a comment below!

Posted on on August 13, 2014 / Filed Under: Shopping / Tags: , , , ,

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6 Responses to “Outfits Under $100: 4 Chic Looks for the First Day of School”

  1. 1
    August 13th, 2014 at 9:42 am

    I haven’t really decided what I’m wearing the first day yet. Since my school starts the Wednesday before Labor Day (3, 4, and then 5 day week. Isn’t my school clever?), it’s my craziest day. I need something that will carry me from my 9:40 religion class through several music classes, but won’t be hard to change out of for my afternoon dance class or possibly dance rehearsal in the evening. If you guys could come up with a way for me to wear a leotard as part of my outfit, that would be great. Haha!

  2. 2
    August 13th, 2014 at 10:02 am

    These outfits are adorable! I wish someone knew what bag the girl is carrying in the very top picture from Elle. Does anyone know?

  3. 3
    August 13th, 2014 at 11:10 am

    They all look fabulous! I’d war any of them but the first, and even then I’d just pick a different pattern for the skort.

  4. 4
    August 13th, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Is a trustworthy website? The yellow bag from the first outfit is also on ZARA. I wanted to buy one because it looks so cute!! I’m trying to figure out where I should buy it from HELP!

  5. 5
    August 14th, 2014 at 12:11 am

    Mariah-the last outfit would be perfect with a black and white patterned leotard instead of the top. The skirt would just make it look like a bodysuit.

  6. 6
    August 14th, 2014 at 8:17 am

    I’m an english major and the ‘english composition I’ outfit is exactly what I would wear. Well done!

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