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.
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.
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!
School: University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!).
School: University of Missouri Columbia
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
School: DePaul University
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.