It’s that time of year again… the much dreaded back to school season! However, it doesn’t have to be all that gloomy and dull. One of the greatest things about going to uni is that you have much more freedom to express your individuality and grow as a person! With that being said, there is no plaid school uniforms (queue the cringe worthy school picture day photos) and strict dress codes to follow! On the other hand, it is quite hard to find outfits that make you stand out from a crowd, or in this case from your fellow students while on campus. It is quite hard not to get sucked into the vortex of standard, comfy, easy to put together outfits- you know like the all-time favourite outfit of t- shirt and jeans that we all wear religiously! So, to help you venture out of the norm and embrace the new, here is a list of 8 back to school outfits that will be sure to make you stand out on campus…
1. Black Lace (dressy) Shorts with an Oversized Jumper
These back to school outfits might seem ordinary but trust me the lacy, black shorts give it a classy and elegant touch that will alleviate your outfit to a whole new level. The lace from the shorts makes your look appear dressier rather than ordinary, and matched with an oversized jumper gives you a nice balance between trying too hard and not trying at all! You can also argue that with a nice pair of biker boots, you can change this whole look to give you an edgier feel for the days when you wake up feeling like a major #girlboss!
2. A Simple Dress and Long Cardigan Combo with Knee High Boots/ Long Socks
This is a perfectly classic look and somehow, at least for me makes me feel like a bit more of a grown up! In this case, this look is perfect for the girl who means business, perhaps for when you need to deliver a killer presentation in class! The knee high boots, cardigan and dress make the look appear classy yet highly comfortable- which means it is also perfect for the days you need to be on campus all day long- more so for the cold winter periods!
3. Mom jeans with some High Heeled Boots
I know what you’re thinking, mom jeans are really in right now so they are not really considered as being a stand out outfit choice. However, the popular style of jeans look amazing with some high heeled boots- no matter how big or small the heel. By choosing to wear your mom jeans like this, you are going against the standard ‘hipstersque’ way of pairing them up with either converses or vans! The heeled boots makes you look both edgier and also more put together, in other words making you stand out from the crowd in these back to school outfits!
4. A Faux Fur Jacket
Faux fur is progressively getting the recognition it deserves. In this case, it is growing in its popularity because of the activism engrossed at London fashion week months ago and also from parliament’s desire to implement a UK- wide fur trade ban. Major fashion brands like Burberry have recently decided to destroy all their fur related items, thus joining the likes of other prominent fashion brands like Gucci, Jimmy Choo and Michael Kors who have stopped using fur in their designs for some time now. This outcome has consequently only made faux fur more popular, therefore making it the perfect staple for your wardrobe. It is not only a statement fashion piece which makes any conventional outfit seem out there and eccentric, but it supports a highly ethical cause!
5. A Pair of Matching Sweats
Now this ensemble is just the ideal outfit for uni! We all have hoped to see the day were we can wear our PJs to class. Although that is not what I am suggesting, I think the next best thing to this is wearing a matching top and bottom sweats set on campus! I don’t know why but the whole concept of a matching set makes you look more put together and also chic as well! Plus, you are sure to look effortlessly cool walking down campus in comfortable style! This is definitely one outfit one every student should consider for back to school outfits.
6. A Simple Dress with Fun Tights
One clever way of wearing your old, tired looking dresses you have worn to death but secretly still love is by putting on a pair of fun/ quirky looking tights to alleviate your look from being boring to cool in a matter of seconds! Why not try some heart patterned tights if you’re going more for the girl next door/ cutesy look. Or maybe try opting for open knit tights for a more edgy/ badass vibe! Either way, if you decide to embrace this look you will surely never go back to plain old black tights ever again!
7. An Oversized Jacket with a Basic Outfit
This style has without a doubt been made popular by the queen of pop Ariana Grande herself! However, this does not mean it won’t make you stand out on campus. Oversized items of clothing have been in for a while now and they simple have the power to make any ordinary Joe or plain Jane look super cool! So try these back to school outfits for any kind of oversized bomber jacket with a plain tee and some jeans for an effortless yet trendy “LA vibes” kinda look.
8. A Statement A- Line Skirt with a Simple Jumper/ Top
This look is both classic and simple but has the power to make you stand out-well, depending on the print of your skirt! Having an eye catchy skirt will make your outfit more bold and innovative! Whether it’s in the form of a colourful print or a sparkly number, this type of skirt matched up with a standard top or jumper will be the ultimate cute yet stylish outfit for when you’re out and about on campus!