A Collegiate Collection: For the Central (Coast) Co-ed

Gimme a "S"! Gimme a "T"! Gimme a "Y"! Gimme a "L"! Gimme a "E"! What's that spell?


Ok, no it doesn't. But we weren't English majors (we totally were) so don't expect much. But what we do expect from you as a loyal Outblush readers is that y'all be well versed in the language of back-to-school arts which is why we bring to you A Collegiate Collection: For the Northern Northern Frosty Vixen. Any girl should know that college is a place of higher learning (duh) but it's also a place to showcase your fashion chops. You should develop a stronger sense of style along with a strong GPA, never compromising one for the other. You should be the prettiest, smartest co-ed you can possibly be. And with these university must-haves, you'll be on the Outblush Dean's List every semester.

So... you're not in the south. You're not in the north. Maybe you're on the coast, and maybe you're not. If your campus doesn't have a distinct style or climate to dictate what to wear, it can be a little hard to determine a proper wardrobe. Especially when you're supposed to be selecting classes, navigating roommate relations, and figuring out what the hell there is to do in this new city you're now in. Here are some basic style tips, loosely based on this editor's experience on a campus that was full of surfers, cowboys, sorority girls, engineers, and everything in between.

Dressing for class:
Generally speaking, no one gets 'dressed up' for class. The people who do are trying too hard. You might want to go a step beyond your PJs, but there's nothing wrong with some simple black yoga pants and a comfy top. You'll look a lot more pulled together if you can find a top that feels like a sweatshirt but doesn't have the hood, zipper and college logo that says "I don't give a damn." Obviously, jeans are indispensable, but a simple casual skirt goes a long way in making you look like you might've tried just a little. Same goes for a casual dress that you can wear through the year with leggings or tights. As far as footwear, invest in a pair of Rainbow flip flops. They'll last all four years and will mold to your feet like a second skin.

1.BP. Foldover Waist Yoga Pants ($34)
2. Stevie Lace Trim Sweatshirt ($40 on sale)
3. Perfect Denim Pencil Skirt ($30)
4. Pleated Shirt Dress ($35)
5. Rainbow Rainbow">Thin Strap Sandals ($36)

Dressing for 'real life'
You're not just a student, who knew? Easy, casual khakis in neutral or black paired with a simple blouse and denim jacket is a pulled-together but not overdone look that works for errands around town or an internship wardrobe. A dress with a bit more structure and an accent belt also meet the same requirements. You're going to want comfortable shoes if you're walking around campus or town, but that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style. Flats with some support are your new best friend, followed closely by a wedge. You don't want to be traipsing around town in heels. Save that for the corporate world.

6. Gap Classic Khakis ($50)
7. Lily White Sleeveless Ruffle Chiffon Top ($32)
8. Cropped Denim Jacket ($40)
9. Calvin Klein Belted Portrait Collar Sheath Dress ($118)
10. Me Too Kaden ($89)
11. Nine West Clayanne ($71)

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