Outfits Under $100: Campus Casual – Pt. 2

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Last week I wrote part one of a series on casual clothes to wear on campus. The focus of that article was different ways to wear denim. This week, I want to continue the series and show you some great outfit ideas that don't involve jeans.

I don't wear dresses and skirts as much as I'd like to. Sometimes they seem like such a hassle, but really they're just as easy as (if not easier than) putting on a pair of pants! Leggings are another item of clothing I don't wear enough. Some girls may be self-conscious about wearing leggings, but with a correctly proportioned tunic or dress, they can look great on anyone.

A problem with wearing some of these items is that they can easily end up looking too dressy to wear to class or when hanging out around campus. So it's important to know how to dress them down. Because of that, I put together six inexpensive and causal outfits that involve skirts, leggings and dresses for under $100.

Outfit #1: Eclectic Elegance

Eclectic Elegance

Product Information: Dress- Old Navy, Cardigan- Forever 21, Earrings- Urban Outfitters, Flats- Forever 21, Leggings- Kohl's

Outfit Total: $96

This look is all about the unique details found on each piece in the outfit. The shift dress is a gorgeous blue color with a great pleated detail. Wearing the dress with these zippered leggings underneath adds extra coverage and warmth. The cardigan and flats both have similar frills and the blue beaded stud earrings complete the outfit.

Outfit #2: Monochromatic with Metallics

Monochromatic with Metallics

Product Information: Dress- Topshop, Bag- YesStyle, Tights- Forever 21, Boots- CutesyGirl

Outfit Total: $99

This is a great way to wear a dress and still look casual enough for class. The dress has a bold print, but a very simple silhouette, so it works as an everyday outfit. Pair it with some black tights and black ankle boots to streamline the outfit and accessorize with a trendy metallic gold bag.

Outfit #3: Mixing Patterns

Mixing Patterns

Product Information: Skirt- Urban Outfitters, Tank- Forever 21, Ring- Topshop, Flats- Target, Motorcycle Jacket- Forever 21, Tights- Figleaves

Outfit Total: $99

Last week, Anna did a great article about how to wear mixed prints. Two of my favorite patterns to mix are stripes and florals. I chose a pretty floral skirt and paired it with a simple striped tank for this outfit. Since it's still pretty cold out, wear a faux-leather motorcycle jacket and sheer tights for coverage and warmth. Since the skirt and tank are so bold, I added some simple black flats and an elegant ring.

Outfit #4: Vintage Inspired

Vintage Inspired

Product Information: Dress- Delia's, Cardigan- Urban Outfitters, Brooch- Aldo, Heels- Target

Outfit Total: $98

If you love vintage but can't find the right pieces at thrift stores, this vintage-inspired outfit is for you! The right LBD can work for day as well as night and this dress is the perfect example of casual yet classy. Adding an interesting brooch to a neutral colored cardigan and wearing some adorable leopard print heels completes this vintage inspired look.

Outfit #5: Girly and Sweet

Girly and Sweet

Product Information: Cardigan- Old Navy, Top- Delia's, Skirt- Old Navy, Flats- Charlotte Russe, Headband- Forever 21

Outfit Total: $89

I think every girl should own a black skirt-- it is such a simple and versatile piece. For this outfit I added a ruffled top in a purple color and a light pink cardigan. Surprisingly, these two colors look great together! Add some gray flats and a cute bow headband and you'll be the most stylish girl in class!

Outfit #6: Comfortable and Cute

Comfortable and Cute

Product Information: Tunic- Forever 21, Leggings- Arden B., Mustache Necklace- ModCloth, Boots- Charlotte Russe

Outfit Total: $99

This outfit is great if you don't feel like getting too dressed up, but still want to look great for class. The tunic is super comfortable, a pretty color and is the perfect length to wear with leggings. The leggings have a intricate lace pattern and look great paired with some trendy over-the-knee boots. I love having interesting jewelry that gets noticed and this mustache necklace is so unique! It's definitely a great conversation starter.

What Do You Think?

What do you think about the outfits? Are they worth the price? How often do you wear skirts, dresses and leggings? Do these outfits work for you? Leave a comment and let me know!

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