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Outfits Under $100: Looks Made for Walkin’


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If you’re new to college this semester, you may have discovered that being at a University requires a lot of walking. Campuses can be huge, classes far apart, and work a long way away. Trying to make a good impression on peers and teachers, look fashionable, and juggle the problem of rushing around constantly can be tough.

To help you out, today we have three simple, campus-ready looks to help you find the perfect balance of walking comfort and cuteness, all under $100.

Pretty & Practical – $87.40

Walking outfit 1: Long sleeve dress, burgundy tights, ballet shoes, earrings, bracelet
Product Information: Dress – Lulu’s, Tights- Modcloth, Shoes – Lulu’s, Earrings – Nordstrom, Ring Set – ASOS

A tights and dress combo may not be ideal for a cross-country trek, but pairing it with flats will make this look cross-campus ready. However, make sure your flats are worn-in and not brand new. Nothing is worse than stumbling up stairs with blisters on your ankles!

Casual & Relaxed – $74.25

Walking outfit 2: Basic jeans, long sleeve tee, low heeled ankle boots, backpack
Product Information: Sweater – H&M, Jeans – Forever 21, Shoes – Charlotte Russe, Backpack – Charlotte Russe

For days when you can’t be bothered to wear anything but your favorite jeans, slip on some darling low-heeled ankle booties and a striped pullover sweater. As for accessories, a carry-all backpack with a shoulder strap is a must if you’re in a rush.

Chic & Cozy – $99.69

Walking outfit 3: Leather skirt, cozy flats, long sleeve sweater, pendant necklace
Product Information: Sweater – H&M, Skirt – Romwe, Shoes – DSW, Necklace – Forever 21

For chilly Fall days, nothing is more perfect than a slouchy sweater. A faux leather skirt and smoking slippers are totally on-trend, and you’ll have no problem running between classes in them.

How do you juggle the problem of being comfortable and trendy on campus?

What methods do you use to make sure your outfits are easy to walk in, and how do you keep your looks budget-friendly?  Which sample outfit above is your favorite? Leave a comment below and let’s discuss it!

Posted on on September 12, 2012 / Filed Under: Shopping / Tags: , , , , , , ,

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18 Responses to “Outfits Under $100: Looks Made for Walkin’”

  1. 1
    September 12th, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Converses, flat sandals (while its still a little warm out) and flat boots are the only shoes i’ve ever worn at college! I find that flats like the ones shown in the post actually make my feet hurt, but maybe i’ve just had bad luck with ballet flats. Also, tote bags are the way to go when you have alot to carry but still want to look fashion forward.

  2. 2
    September 12th, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    My uniform is chic, put-together, classic, and always comfortable.

    The most important thing to note is that to be put-together, you don’t need to wear heels. Invest in several pairs of colorful and neutral flats and you’re good for a couple of seasons. You’ll want to update your shoe wardrobe for spring and summer, but you take that when it comes.

    I usually go with the following outfit, changing it up with necklaces, layered bracelets, and alternating blazers/shoes.

    Outfit for everyday:

    *Sweater (nautical stripes or preppy polka dots) worn underneath
    *Black jeggings, pants (or navy)
    *Statement necklace
    *Layered bracelets (about three to four on one wrist; watch on the other wrist)
    *Earrings (either colored, gold, or silver, always posts, never dangling earrings)
    *My favorite pearl ring that I received for Christmas one year
    *Chic pair of ballet flats
    *Black shoulder handbag (carries everything for university)

    And always: styling your hair is a necessity that pulls your look together. Hair is like a girl’s pride and glory; if you don’t have it put together, your whole look falls apart. Everyone notices what’s going on on top of your head.

    Bon chance!

  3. 3
    September 12th, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    LOVE the last outfit <3

  4. 4
    September 12th, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    nice outfits! But I actually have a request to take this a step further: three days a week, I have 3 hour dance classes where I need to be dressed for physical work and easy movement. BUT I have to go to my other classes and walk around campus too. I wouldn’t mind a few outfit suggestions, how to layer tank tops, dance shorts, yoga pants, and make them pretty for classes and practical for moving!

  5. 5
    September 12th, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    These are so cute. The last one gets me in the mood for fall.

  6. 6
    September 12th, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    The purple dress is so pretty

  7. 7
    September 12th, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    I like these, but they don’t seem that comfy for a long walk, especially number two. Heeled booties are awesome for just going to class, but not so much for a whole-day trek around the city or something. And none of the looks include sneakers, which actually really ARE made for walking. I’d like to see an article about dressing for all-day type adventures.

  8. 8
    September 12th, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    I love every aspect of the last outfit.

  9. 9
    September 12th, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    I have a ton of problems with my feet but love high heels :( Usually I wear converse or ballerinas all the time and in the fall, high low heeled boots, if I have to wear heels I always carry an extra pair of flats in my purse!

  10. 10
    September 12th, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    I don’t think this outfits are made for walking and i don’t find ballet flats or heeled boots that comfortable.
    For long walks I always wear converse sneakers or flat combat boots with almost anything:)
    they seem to make even the most feminine dresses tough and cool:)
    Then, I add accessories like edgy rings, bracelets and long layered necklases, carry-all bag and that is all:) ready to walk :)

  11. 11
    September 12th, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    I love the second outfit!

  12. 12
    September 12th, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    The last outfit is something I’ve been dying to wear all week, but the weather has warmed up again so I’ve stayed away from it for now. I also worried about looking too frumpy, but now I’m definitely going to try it.

  13. 13
    September 12th, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Haha…comfort…even my flats give me blisters.

  14. 14
    September 12th, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    I am so inlove with the last outfit.

    I really love skirts and sweaters, but unfortunately, it’s so hot here! So wearing sweaters, even lightweight ones, is a hassle. My go-to outfit is denim shorts/pants, flowy blouse, and a pair of fabulous flats. With the right accessories, I think I managed to look put-together. :-)

  15. 15
    September 12th, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    I have to agree with a lot of the previous posters. These looks do NOT seem to be made for walking. The only things that got me through my GIANT undergrad university were my Converse and my flat boots. Even dressy flats just aren’t going to get you through the day when you’re walking a minimum of 2 miles to and from class every day. Though there was a nod to Converse in the introductory image, it would have been nice to see an outfit with them as well – perhaps instead of the heeled boots.

  16. 16
    September 13th, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    I don’t wear high heels anyway so my school outfits are always easy to walk in. Usually I wear high-top sneakers and flat boots. I love ballet flats but for some reason I can never find comfortable ones :/
    I hate the idea that not wearing heels makes you unstylish. I love fashion and I think having style means being able to dress for different occasions, not just looking good when you’re all dolled up in a cocktail dress and high heels.

  17. 17
    September 13th, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    I just bought that sweater in the second outfit! Only I got it in beige & black and it was on sale for $7!

  18. 18
    September 17th, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    I recommend trying shoes on for more than a couple minutes in-store; very rarely have I ever bought shoes that hurt my feet when I do lots of walking in them–yes, even heels.

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