College Fashionista

This Is What Students Across The Country Are Wearing To Kick Off Their Winter Semesters

Warm + cute = the perfect combo.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but ICYMI, college is kicking off again. Though it feels like just yesterday we were admiring the cozy—yet stylish!—finals outfits of students across the country, but today we turn our attention to their first day outfits of second semester.

Unlike the first days of the fall semester, second semester outfits have to make trekking to class in the cold bearable—making layers on layers #WERK can be a challenge, but these College Fashionista Style Gurus prove it's totally possible. Some also prove that, yeah, you totally should've gone to school in a warmer climate.

Peep their first day outfits below and take some inspo for yourself, whether you're heading back to school or just need a new ~lewk~ for work.

Ally Rohmann

College Fashionista

School: Providence College

Year/Major: MBA Student/Finance/Marketing

What's important to you in a first day of spring semester outfit? You only get one opportunity to make a first impression, and I believe that fashion plays a large role. Taking the extra time to throw on a dress and boots shows my professor that I am organized and take their class seriously.

Kamila Jambulatova

College Fashionista

School: University of Missouri-Columbia

Year/Major: Senior/Convergence Journalism

What's important to you in a first day of spring semester outfit? When I get dressed, I want to feel comfortable, confident and put-together. The perfect first day of spring semester outfit would accomplish all those three things and would put me in the right mood to take on the semester!

Aidan Graybill

College Fashionista

School: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Year/Major: Sophomore/Anthropology

What's important to you in a first day of spring semester outfit? Dressing for the cold here in Nebraska is my top priority. Keeping it comfortable is different from dressing lazy, and it's crazy, but an outfit that feels good can give you the motivation you need to get through the day!

Zoe Bernstein

College Fashionista

School: Fashion Institute of Technology

Year/Major: Sophomore/Advertising and Marketing Communications

What's important to you in a first day of spring semester outfit? The first day of the semester can be a bit intimidating with so many first impressions, so it’s a necessity for me to feel comfortable and confident in my outfit while at the same time showing off my personal style!

Ally Scandolo

College Fashionista

School: University of Toronto

Year/Major: Junior/Art History

What's important to you in a first day of spring semester outfit? My personal belief is to go big on any first day, even if it’s just for a return to campus. Try out a new trend you scoped out over the break or wear your favorite piece to make your new year statement!

Shannon Regan

College Fashionista

School: Humber College

Year/Major: Post-graduate/Public Relations

What's important to you in a first day of spring semester outfit? When dressing for the first day back to school, I like to dress in neutral shades while creating a statement with different textures and stand out details. It is important to feel comfortable in your own style.

Rachel Park

College Fashionista

School: University of California, San Diego

Year/Major: Junior/Communications with a minor in Business

What's important to you in a first day of spring semester outfit? I make sure that my outfit is comfortable and appropriate for the weather. But, I also enjoy wearing pieces that stand out and show my personality (plus it's easier for my friends to spot me on campus!).

Nicole Nelson

College Fashionista

School: University of Missouri Columbia

Year/Major: Freshman/Journalism

What's important to you in a first day of spring semester outfit? I think it's important to wear something that's both fashionable and functional. Including different colors, patterns, and textures can spice up your look while still keeping the comfort of everyday clothing items.

Valerie Cammack

College Fashionista

School: Kent State University

Year/Major: Sophomore/Fashion Merchandising

What's important to you in a first day of spring semester outfit? My ideal first day of spring semester outfit is something comfortable for walking across campus that still allows my style to shine through. Casual dresses are an excellent choice because of their versatility; I like to add a bold piece of jewelry and an edgy jacket before grabbing a coffee and conquering the first day.

Mytia Elliott

College Fashionista

School: The Art Institute of Portland

Year/Major: Freshman/Fashion Marketing

What's important to you in a first day of spring semester outfit? Light denim is an essential for my spring style choices, even better when distressed. Simplicity and color also plays a key role in my outfits as we transition into those sunny days.

Masoma Imasogie

College Fashionista

School: The University of Pennsylvania

Year/Major: Junior/Fine Arts

What's important to you in a first day of spring semester outfit? Comfort is always the key to success! For the first day back, you gotta look cute because you never know who is going to be in your new classes this semester, stay warm, be chic and stay comfortable!

Emily Collins

College Fashionista

School: Temple University

Year/Major: Senior/Public Relations

What's important to you in a first day of spring semester outfit? Although it’s the start of the spring semester, the weather is still frigid, so I always try to find fun outerwear to start the semester. This year, I’m really into faux fur, so I’ll be starting off the semester bundled up!

Chastity Heusinger

College Fashionista

School: University of South Florida

Year/Major: Junior/Public Relations

What's important to you in a first day of spring semester outfit? The first day of school is the day that sets the tone for the semester, so it is important to have a signature outfit that makes you feel comfortable and confident.

Brandon Young

College Fashionista

School: California State University, Los Angeles

Year/Major: Junior/Telecommunication and Film with a minor in Photography

What's important to you in a first day of spring semester outfit? When it comes to my first day of spring semester outfit, I believe comfortability is an essential element. To me, being comfortable means throwing on a pair of my favorite Levi's, a solid t-shirt, my Clark desert boots, and always my Ray-Ban Clubmasters.

Ally Zacek

College Fashionista

School: DePaul University

Year/Major: Senior/Journalism

What's important to you in a first day of spring semester outfit? Comfort, practicality and creativity. I love being able to dress in fun ways with unique piece that still maintains a level of comfort for a day of classes.