Your Campus Chic: What's In At Colleges Across the Country This Fall

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Put away your summer t-shirts and bikinis because it’s time to arrive on campus dressed to impress. You can easily recreate the looks seen by top designers on this season’s runway, but it’s way more fun to create your own original looks. This fall we want you to be the trendsetters. Here are the top on-campus fashion trends straight from the closets of collegiettes™ across the county. See what’s in on your campus and be inspired by the hottest looks at other schools. Aren’t you dying to see what totally different styles girls are rocking in other parts of the country? I know I am! 

Northeast:

Bowdoin College: Brunswick, Maine
Hunter Boots & Outerwear 

Outerwear is important, especially when fall weather can become chilly in Brunswick. Students at Bowdoin have always been fans of Hunter boots which is why Bowdoin junior Daisy Alioto says this season she expects to see pieces from Hunter’s new outerwear line. “The weather can get pretty gross at Bowdoin when it rains and you have to walk to class. Hunter boots are a classic, traditionally preppy piece that keep your feet dry and if you buy the kind that is lined they keep your feet warm too. It's Maine so a lot of our fashion choices are dictated by the weather,” Daisy says.

Boston University: Boston, Massachusetts 
Mod-Inspired ‘60s Wear

Channel your inner-mod by wearing mini dresses and tall boots. “We love our boots in Beantown!” says BU sophomore Kelsey Mulvey. Make this look work for a cold fall day by pairing it with opaque tights. You can also wear a long-sleeved shirt under the dress or opt for a dress with sleeves. This look is put-together yet casual and can effortlessly transition from day to night. 

Brandeis University: Waltham, Massachusetts
Color Craze 


 

The girls of Brandeis are looking to stand out by wearing fun items like brightly colored jeans, wedge booties and sky high pumps. Wear red skinny jeans with statement shoes and a batwing top. Carry a bag in a complementary color to continue the color-blocked look. But beware; this look is not for shy fashionistas. Brandeis senior Asya Bashina says, “I'm excited to wear bold and colorful pieces this fall because it would be a nice change from the usual fall/winter color scheme. Usually people wear cooler and darker colors in the fall, so it will be a good way to brighten up the aesthetic. I've always loved 60s-inspired color-blocking, so this will be a good reason to break out my ‘brights’ and modernize my fall colors!”

Mount Holyoke College: South Hadley, Massachusetts
Comfort in Flannel & Boots

Combine your favorite flannel with fashionable accessories and voila—an outfit that you can look and feel great in. This fall, the student body at Mount Holyoke College is looking forward to wearing flannel button-down shirts, over-sized boyfriend sweaters, hats, oxfords and lace-up boots. Sounds like the perfect combination of laidback and fashion-forward. Mount Holyoke senior Madeline Harrington says, “A lot of girls on my campus are interested in being green and/or animal-friendly, so it's always cool to see the non/faux-leather options girls find for boots and handbags.” We agree!

NYU: New York, New York
Bold Statement Pieces Mixed with Classic 

Variety is key for a school like NYU. Since it’s located in one of the fashion capitals of the world, students are always on their fashion A-game. This season it’s all about mixing the bold with the classic. Contrast pretty lightweight maxi dresses and sheer blouses with black accessories and vampy nails. Whatever’s on trend at other campuses is taken to the next level at NYU. Instead of carrying a leopard print handbag, students would wear leopard print jeggings. NYU freshman Hannah Orenstein says, “NYU students aren't afraid to be bold and daring with their fashion choices because we go to school in the heart of Manhattan. Wherever you look, you're bound to see someone whose outfit is crazier than yours, which definitely encourages risk-taking!”

Fordham University: Bronx, New York
Combat Boots

Combat boots are a huge trend all over NYC. Add a little grunge to your wardrobe by wearing these fantastic shoes with just about anything. They can toughen up a girly outfit and take a floral dress from flower girl to fashion-forward. Pair them with jeans, shorts or dresses. Claire Cumberland, a junior at Fordham University, says, “Combat boots are cute and practical when paired with floral dresses or skinny jeans, and can be a great transition piece from summer to fall.”

SUNY Oswego: Oswego, New York
Maxi Dresses with Jean Jackets

Keep this cute summer trend going by wearing these floor length beauties on campus. A jean jacket makes the look more wearable for fall. Add in a pair of boots and tights and you will be all set for day or night. SUNY Oswego senior Emily Longeretta says this look is “really cute and comfy and looks awesome with a blazer for work or a jean jacket for class.” 

 

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