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Outfits Under $100: 5 Stylish Looks for Fall on Campus


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History class may be a snooze, but your outfit doesn’t have to be. Here at CF, we’re firm believers in dressing well for all occasions.. and that includes classes. In fact, we definitely feel more focused and awake all day when we put some effort into getting ready in the morning.

In light of our feelings on dressing for class, I have put together five looks perfect for fall on campus, all on the frugal side.  Each of these outfits costs less than $100 total, and comes complete with quick tips for looking put-together on rushed mornings.

Spiced-Up Preppy Uniform – $90.53

College outfit under $100 total: Faux leather skirt, button-down shirt, fox print sweater, oxfords, black tights, nail polish
Product Information: Top – H&M, Sweater – Forever 21, Skirt – Forever 21, Shoes – Amazon, Nail Polish – Nordstrom, Tights – Walgreens

The idea of an button-up shirt under a sweater with oxford shoes may bring back daunting memories of required school uniforms past, but fear not: This look can be sensational when modernized.

Styling Tips:

  • To freshen up a sweater, wear a blouse underneath with a bold collar. Try a super-trendy look of a Peter Pan collar, a pussy bow blouse, or a studded collar.
  • Trade the classic wool skirt for a trendy faux leather one. Add tights and flats to keep it looking daytime-appropriate.

Layer On the Layers – $98.89

College outfit under $100 total: Sweater dress, tights, ankle booties, socks
Product Information: Dress – H&M, Tights – Modcloth, Shoes – Lulu’s, Socks – DSW

Stripes, sweaters, tights, and boots – we rock these items every fall, so it’s always a challenge to make them feel fresh and new again. But you don’t have to figure it out alone! I will help you navigate the waters of old staples looking trendy, College Fashion-istas.

Styling Tips:

  • Find an oversized sweater and wear it as a dress, or invest in a big, slouchy sweater dress.
  • We always rock layers in the fall. If you’re looking to freshen up your layering look, why not try it on your legs? Wear tights with socks (maybe even two pairs if you’re feeling adventurous!) and boots for perfect layered legwear.
  • This season is usually about reverting to neutrals, but this year, colors are in for fall. Make sure there’s at least one little pop of color in your outfit, whether it’s a swipe of bold lip color or a pop of red trim on your dress.

Mixing Prints & Treated Pants- $84.24

College outfit under $100 total: Leopard print sweater, coated skinny jeans, beanie, studded bracelet, loafers
Product Information: Top – Old Navy, Jeans – Wet Seal, Hat – Forever 21, Shoes – Lulu’s, Bracelet – Wet Seal

This fall, it’s all about mixing trends, patterns, and styles with reckless abandon. If you’re nervous about rocking more than one trend in a single look, however, stick with simple trends, like coated denim and a smoking slipper.

Styling tips:

  • Waxed denim will give you that leather legging look without the price tag, and makes a great substitute for your regular old pair of skinny jeans.
  • Smoking slippers are also popular this season – why not rock them in a bold color like red?
  • If you’re still uncomfortable mixing prints, try it on a small scale by mixing a leopard top and a striped accessory, like a beanie hat. (Or reverse them with a striped top and leopard accessory.)

Cool as a Cucumber Colors – $90.59

College campus outfit under $100: Maxi skirt, button-down blouse, oxblood ankle booties, statement necklace
Product Information: Top – Forever 21, Skirt – Aerie, Shoes – Forever 21, Necklace – Dorothy Perkins

Traditionally, wearing complementary colors (colors directly across from one another on the color wheel), is an easy way to look put-together. Update this look by trying it with this season’s hottest shades – we’re loving oxblood and green mixed together.

Styling Tips:

  • Dark, almost jewel-tone shades are always in for fall. Mix them with neutrals like black to keep your look grounded, or go all out with jewel tones from head to toe.
  • Add ankle booties in bold colors for a needed outfit pop.
  • To stretch your Summer wardrobe into the cooler months, wear a maxi skirt with a button-down blouse.

Statements & Stripes – $96.59

College campus outfit under $100 total: Coral skinny jeans, striped sweater, studded flats, tote bag
Product Information: Top – Modcloth, Jeans – Old Navy, Shoes – Make Me Chic, Bag – Etsy

Mindy Kaling struck a major cord with me when she said that women cannot pass up a good tote bag. It’s so true! If you’re also way more into collecting tote bags than you should be, you’d better get some use out of them! Tote bags are ideal for lugging your books to class while expressing your personality.

Styling Tips:

  • Cords in fun colors? Who can resist? Try a pair with a striped sweater for an easy look to wear to class.
  • Studs are in, guys! Embrace the edgy trend with studded flats in a neutral shade. These black and tan ones go with evvvverything…
  • The tote bag is a catch all.  It can carry school supplies and personal items, but doubles for work and grocery shopping. One with a fun statement or pattern is a no-brainer.

How do you dress for class while staying on budget?

We want to know your tips and tricks! Leave a comment below and let us know what you think about these looks.  How do you keep your outfits under $100? What are you favorite Fall trends and pieces? Which outfit above is your fave?

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9 Responses to “Outfits Under $100: 5 Stylish Looks for Fall on Campus”

  1. 1
    October 10th, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    I love these looks to incorporate fall trends, but there are some issues in this post! First the 2nd tip in the first look doesn’t make sense, are you talking about the skirt or the sweater? You also mention oxblood in the first look but there are no oxblood accents, the nail polish is a neutral taupe-y color. Also, you guys have used that same “I like big books” tote bag in several looks over the past two weeks or so. There are other styles of bags, even a tote with a different graphic. Personally I always carry my bags in a backpack or messenger bag because totes don’t fit a lot. I love CF, but this post seems to have some sloppy editing.

  2. 2
    October 10th, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Elyse – Good eye! I should have taken out the line about oxblood since we changed the nail polish before publication. If that’s what you mean by sloppy editing, then you’re definitely right – thanks for pointing out that error.

    As for the bag, again, good eye! I didn’t even realize we had used it three times, but you’re right. Funny, too, since three different writers chose it independently of one another. I will keep an eye out for it from now on, though – you’re right, there are tons of other cute bags out there that deserve to be featured!

  3. 3
    October 10th, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    I also have to second the “I Like Big Books” bag. Is that paid placement? Because it’s painfully obvious.

  4. 4
    October 10th, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Brett – See my response above. It’s absolutely not paid placement. First of all, we don’t do paid product placements of any kind. The closest thing we do is “Sponsored Posts”, where an advertiser can buy an entire blog post – these posts are always labeled “Sponsored:” in the title and disclosed again at the end of the post. Secondly, even if we ever DID decide to do paid placements (which I am firmly against), FTC guidelines – which we take very seriously – mandate that paid blog content be marked as such.

    Editorial integrity is everything to us. Our readers come before our sponsors, and we would never try to deceive you guys by passing off paid content as honest editorial. If you want more info, please check out our Disclosure page, which explains all of this and more. And please let me know if you have any questions!

  5. 5
    October 10th, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    I have LOADS of oxblood and green clothes but have reservations about wearing them together, because a) my mum keeps quoting that old adage, “red and green should never be seen except on an Irish gypsy Queen” and b) I don’t want to overdo it and look like a Christmas elf :P maybe I should ease into it! haha

  6. 6
    October 11th, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Love the layering looks for fall. I usually get up early for class and put on jeans adn a tee and my mocs. It’s horrible but at least I don’t wear my PJ’s.

    I wish I wasn’t completly broke but at the end of the month when I get my paycheck, I will be going to the mall and looking for some of these key pieces to add!

    Also I have seen this bag multiple times but I like it and to be honest I never actually noticed it was in muitiple posts.

    Anyway, I love college fashion and I think the posts are great! Keep up the great work.

  7. 7
    October 11th, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Hey, I love this article, and all the new cute fall trends! But I live in South Florida where it’s still way too hot to wear any of this. I was wondering if maybe you could do an article of incorporating the fall fashion trends into warm weather outfits, so that us Floridians (or whoever else) can wear these trends without sweating bullets.

  8. 8
    October 16th, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    I need the fox sweater!!!

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