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The Essentials

Wear your retro-inspired paisley-print shorts in a darker palette — style them with a chunky knitted topper and high-top sneakers for a Fall feel.

MOTO Paisley Print Hotpants

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The Essentials

The heather gray hue gives it a more youthful appeal and the rolled-sleeve detail provides a sleek off-duty edge.

Topshop Ponte Rolled Sleeve Blazer

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The Essentials

We opted for a statement necklace that can go the distance in its versatile styling. Because it isn't a bright tribal necklace or a more sharp geometric-edged iteration, we can layer it or let it shine on its own with everything from tees to dressed-up evening ensembles.

BaubleBar Braid Block Bib

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The Essentials

We'll never give up our stripes, but this time around, we're wearing them via a classic shirtdress. Belt it, throw on a pair of textured pumps, or add a blazer, and this striped dress gets a Parisian-cool upgrade.

J.Crew Striped Silk Shift Dress

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The Essentials

Polka dots are not going anywhere and we're OK with that. This sweetly printed iteration has the ability to go from casual with jeans to superchic with a black pleated leather skirt and lace-up booties.

Splendid Polka Dot Pocket Tee

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The Essentials

Put a bolder printed spin on your Fall maxi skirt. The sexy side slit gives you every reason to show off a little leg and a seriously cool pair of kicks.

Thakoon Addition Printed Jersey Maxiskirt

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The Essentials

This is one of the button-front blouses that no college closet should be without — it's silky sophistication with a laid-back silhouette.

Equipment Signature Blouse in Clover

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The Essentials

These slick sandals provide the perfect metallic pop to any outfit.

Sam Edelman Yelena Sandals

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The Essentials

It's the perfect ankle-length jean in a go-with-everything dark wash. As far as college wardrobe essentials, this should be at the top of your must-have list.

AG Adriano Goldschmied Stilt Cigarette Jean in Frey

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The Essentials

The no-fail white slouchy tank — perfect for right now and as soon as the cooler temps hit, it will act as the ideal layering staple.

LA Made Boyfriend Tank

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The Essentials

The soft leather and zipper detail provides this fold-over satchel-meets-crossbody bag with a definitively more downtown-cool feel. Plus, whether you're carrying your laptop or toting your textbooks, it's a chic way to lug your academic workload around.

Zara Soft Shopper With Zips

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The Essentials

A play on the quintessential ankle boot, we're loving this subtly two-toned version. The low heel and Western-inspired side tabs give it a bit more edge than Summer's neutral-toned boot.

ASOS Alba Mid Heel Leather Chelsea Boot

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The Essentials

Run to class, look chic in the library, and hang in the dorms in these classic skimmer flats — the nude tone will offset darker wares on top.

Madewell Sidewalk Skimmer in Suede

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The Essentials

A classic two-toned cardigan with a subtle schoolgirl charm — the metal hardware and four-pocket detailing gets us every time.

Club Monaco Diamond Sweater

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The Essentials

Between the day-to-night versatility and the indie-inspired appliqué, we envision this racer-back LBD in a multitude of styling scenarios.

AllSaints Pipali Racer Dress

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Outfit #1

Sleek polka dots mixed with Audrey Hepburn-inspired wares — it's a youthful mix of whimsical and classic.

Get the look:

Splendid Polka Dot Pocket Tee 
Club Monaco Diamond Sweater
AG Adriano Goldschmied Stilt Cigarette Jean in Frey 
Madewell Sidewalk Skimmer in Suede 
 

Outfit #2

For a downtown-cool outfit, give your LBD a funkier feel with an ankle-boot accent. The fold-over bag proves functional for daytime classes and the statement necklace is just a cool accessory addition.

Get the look:

AllSaints Pipali Racer Dress 
Zara Soft Shopper With Zips 
BaubleBar Braid Block Bib 
ASOS Alba Mid Heel Leather Chelsea Boot 

Outfit #3

Printed shorts don't have to be ultracasual, especially if you style it with a cool boyfriend blazer and sandals.

Get the look:

LA Made Boyfriend Tank 
Topshop Ponte Rolled Sleeve Blazer
MOTO Paisley Print Hotpants 
Sam Edelman Yelena Sandals 

Outfit #4

Dress up your printed maxi skirt with luxe pieces — whether it be gold jewelry, metallic pops of color, or plush materials, you can layer on the upscale pieces for a more formal occasion.

Get the look:

Equipment Signature Blouse in Clover
Mango Leather Jacket
Thakoon Addition Printed Jersey Maxiskirt 
BaubleBar Braid Block Bib 
Sam Edelman Yelena Sandals 
 

Outfit #5

Add a chic top to punch up a bold print on bottom. The flats and necklace add a sleeker feel — this look could work for both class and the after-hours set.

Get the look:

Equipment Signature Blouse in Clover
MOTO Paisley Print Hotpant 
BaubleBar Braid Block Bib 
Madewell Sidewalk Skimmer in Suede 
 

Outfit #6

Channel your inner Kate Bosworth in a striped dress and ankle boot pairing. To dress it up just a touch more, add a bold necklace to offset the traditional stripes.

Get the look:

J.Crew Striped Silk Shift Dress 
Zara Soft Shopper With Zips
BaubleBar Braid Block Bib
ASOS Alba Mid Heel Leather Chelsea Boot
 

Outfit #7

We envision the outfit as the perfect ensemble for giving a quick in-class presentation — the blazer is refined, but not too serious and the jewelry adds a touch of polish to the printed shirt underneath.

Get the look:

Splendid Polka Dot Pocket Tee
Topshop Ponte Rolled Sleeve Blazer 
AG Adriano Goldschmied Stilt Cigarette Jean in Frey 
BaubleBar Braid Block Bib 
ASOS Alba Mid Heel Leather Chelsea Boot 
 

Outfit #8

Want to give your maxi skirt a professional outlook? Pair a classic cardigan and heels with the jersey skirt and head out the door.

Get the look:

LA Made Boyfriend Tank 
Club Monaco Diamond Sweater 
Thakoon Addition Printed Jersey Maxiskirt 
Sam Edelman Yelena Sandals

Outfit #9

For chillier mornings, top your dress off with a complementary blouse. You could also tie the front of the blouse into a knot for a textural layered effect.

Get the look:

J.Crew Striped Silk Shift Dress 
Equipment Signature Blouse in Clover
BaubleBar Braid Block Bib 
Madewell Sidewalk Skimmer in Suede 
 

Outfit #10

Hit the nightlife circuit — or just look your swankiest at dinner — by pairing slick textures on top and bottom. The leather jacket injects an extra tough-girl vibe, but the metallic sandals on bottom provide a girlier finish.

Get the look:

AllSaints Pipali Racer Dress
Mango Leather Jacket 
BaubleBar Braid Block Bib
Sam Edelman Yelena Sandals
 

Outfit #11

If you're feeling a little daring, go for a statement mix of color and print. The paisley and polka dots work here without looking too busy — just add minimalist accents to finish it off.

Get the look:

Splendid Polka Dot Pocket Tee 
MOTO Paisley Print Hotpants 
Zara Soft Shopper With Zips 
BaubleBar Braid Block Bib 
ASOS Alba Mid Heel Leather Chelsea Boot

Outfit #12

Olive green juxtaposed against a clean monochromatic palette is timeless, season-less, and honestly, just looks so crisp and Fall-ready here.

Get the look:

Equipment Signature Blouse in Clover 
Club Monaco Diamond Sweater 
AG Adriano Goldschmied Stilt Cigarette Jean in Frey
Zara Soft Shopper With Zips
ASOS Alba Mid Heel Leather Chelsea Boot

Outfit #13

Go sweet and flirty with a mix of prints — it works here (just remember to tuck in the shirt), especially if the accessories are classic and don't draw too much attention away from the patterns.

Get the look:

Splendid Polka Dot Pocket Tee 
Thakoon Addition Printed Jersey Maxiskirt 
BaubleBar Braid Block Bib 
Zara Soft Shopper With Zips
Madewell Sidewalk Skimmer in Suede

Outfit #14

Your striped dress doesn't always have to play the preppy part — just throw on a leather jacket and add an unexpected pop of color (here it's a metallic gold) to give this nautical print a different style direction.

Get the look:

J.Crew Striped Silk Shift Dress 
Mango Leather Jacket
Zara Soft Shopper With Zips 
Sam Edelman Yelena Sandals

Outfit #15

We think a classic cardigan and pared-down flats give the LBD a more sophisticated feel. Add stud earrings and a watch, and you've got yourself a polished class-bound look.

Get the look:

AllSaints Pipali Racer Dress 
Club Monaco Diamond Sweater 
Zara Soft Shopper With Zips 
Madewell Sidewalk Skimmer in Suede

Outfit #16

Meeting up with your girls for a posttest celebration? Add a blazer, boots, and a cute necklace to your daytime maxi skirt combo for an effortless evening transition.

Get the look:

LA Made Boyfriend Tank
Topshop Ponte Rolled Sleeve Blazer 
Thakoon Addition Printed Jersey Maxiskirt 
Zara Soft Shopper With Zips 
BaubleBar Braid Block Bib 
ASOS Alba Mid Heel Leather Chelsea Boot
 

Outfit #17

Top your silky blouse off with a punch of statement jewelry, then add an edgier vibe via leather layers. As the weather gets colder, this outfit will become a sleek go-to choice with all the right casual elements.

Get the look:

Equipment Signature Blouse in Clover 
Mango Leather Jacket 
AG Adriano Goldschmied Stilt Cigarette Jean in Frey 
BaubleBar Braid Block Bib 
Madewell Sidewalk Skimmer in Suede 

Outfit #17

Top your silky blouse off with a punch of statement jewelry, then add an edgier vibe via leather layers. As the weather gets colder, this outfit will become a sleek go-to choice with all the right casual elements.

Get the look:

Equipment Signature Blouse in Clover

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By now, you are probably back into the groove and in the midst of midterms, but that doesn't mean you can't look good in the library. Instead of going overboard on one-off pieces, focus on investing in staples that can not only play part in a chic transitional wardrobe, but nail the whole schoolgirl-meets-sophisticated-lady vibe, too. We've found the perfect dark-wash cigarette jeans that will get you through late-night library brainstorms and look great on your first date with the boy across the hall.

There's also the footwear must haves: a classic ankle boot, a statement metallic sandal, and an Audrey Hepburn-inspired skimmer flat in the sweetest nude hue. Lest we forget, we've culled a versatile mix of slinky sheaths, polished layers, and eye-catching accents, too. It's time to put those erudite skills to the test; first up, commit this equation to memory - 16 styling essentials, 17 ways to wear them, with an infinite number of future outfit combo possibilities to ace the Fall semester.

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