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3 Back-to-School Outfits to Wear (Without Looking Like You Tried Too Hard)

For as long as we’ve been going to school, the first-day-of-school outfit has been a Really. Big. Deal. While we may still not spend as many hours in our rooms agonizing over what to wear for the first day as we did in the 8th grade, we still like to look stylish and put-together for the first day of classes—without looking like we’re trying too hard. The effortless-but-amazing back-to-school outfit is totally attainable—check out our ideas for some inspiration!

1. Denim shirtdress


MANGO dress
$62 – mango.com



Abercrombie Fitch vest



H&M platform sandals
$12 – hm.com



Oasis leather handbag
$73 – oasis-stores.com



Pieces thin ring
$22 – nelly.com



When trying to achieve that effortless “Oh, I just threw this on” look, it’s always a good idea to adopt the shirtdress as your new BFF. It’s as pulled together as a collared shirt, but chambray keeps things casual. We’re pretty sure we can’t think of a time when leather and denim won’t look amazing together, and a moto vest adds a rocker edge to this look. Throw a print into the mix with leopard espadrilles, and make a statement by tossing your books into a metallic tote—a fun way to mix things up instead of basic black.

2. Mad for plaid


Mango tee
$15 – mango.com



Plaid skirt



ASOS leather shoes
$45 – asos.com



Topshop backpack



Gypsy Soul silver necklace



That cliché first day of school plaid skirt? It’s all grown up and chicer than ever—especially with an elegant lace hem. Keep the look casual by pairing it with a grey T-shirt and flat shoes—a pointed mule is totally on-trend right now. To dress up your basic gray tee, add a tough-girl statement necklace up top. A classic black backpack will polish off your look!

3. Booties and boyfriend jeans


Boohoo crop top



Trench coat



Boyfriend jeans



Old Navy brown boots



BDG oversized handbag



Distressed boyfriend jeans are the ultimate in trying-but-not-really pieces—and they can easily be dressed up for the first day! Wear them with classic essentials, like a striped tank and tan suede ankle booties. A utilitarian trench is the perfect topper to throw on if the air conditioning is blasting! This grey suede tote looks like a classic handbag, but is big enough to hold all your books for class.

What will you be rocking for the first day back, collegiettes?

Caroline is the Evening/Weekend Editor and Style Editor at Her Campus, a senior public relations major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a leather jacket enthusiast.  You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @c_pirozzolo. 
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