As anyone who has ever started school knows all too well, picking out an outfit for your first day can be extremely stressful. Luckily, our friends at CollegeFashionista are in touch with some of the most stylish students across the country.
CollegeFashionista hooked us up with an idea of what students across the U.S. are wearing their first day back—peep 'em all below and, hey, you may even find some inspo for yourself!
School: Tulane University
Why This Outfit: I want to stand out on the first day of school, but don't want to look like I'm trying too hard. I try to create a simple trendy outfit and add a few standout accessories.
School: San Diego State University
Year/Major: Sophomore/Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations
Why This Outfit: My favorite kinds of first day outfits are the ones that distinctly express a unique style while still being comfortable. Believe it or not, these platforms are totally fitting for a long day of walking around campus, and my crop top and shorts combo keep me cool on the warmest of days.
School: Florida State University
Why This Outfit: The most important thing in a first day of school outfit is definitely comfort. Pairing a cool graphic tank top with jeans is the best way to be trendy and comfortable.
School: Delaware State University
Year/Major: Junior/Mass Communications—Convergence Journalism
Why This Outfit: For me personally, the most important for me has to be a fantastic hat. You can make anything a bit more funky and stylish with a hat!
School: Ryerson University
Why This Outfit: An effortless outfit is ideal for the first day of classes, but difficult to achieve when your mind is peppered with anxieties stemming from a fear of the unknown and a looming heavy workload. I try to look at the first day as any other summer day and opt for the wardrobe staples I have relied on for the past several months, then add a lightweight jacket for good measure.
School: Western Washington University
Year/Major: Sophomore/Business Marketing
Why This Outfit: The most important thing to me when choosing a first day of school outfit is picking something that I feel comfortable and confident in. That’s why the sweater and shorts combo is perfect for me because it’s so casual, effortless and perfect for the transition into Fall!
Year/Major: Senior/Film & TV
Why This Outfit: First day of school means first impressions, so it’s important to express yourself with whatever your favorite, funky pieces are! I went for printed bell-bottoms as a fun way of being comfortable but still looking put together.
School: Providence College
Why This Outfit: On the first of anything, especially school, it is always important to me to spend a little extra time getting ready. I like to wear something that is put together, yet nothing that I wouldn't wear any other day!
School: University of South Florida
Year/Major: Senior/Mass Communications-Advertising
Why This Outfit: On the first day of a new semester I always like to rock a look that shows off my personality, while also looking professional and put together. You want your classmates to think you're rad and your professors to know you're a good student, it's the best of both worlds.
School: Hunter College
Why This Outfit: The most important part of a first day of school outfit for me is comfort. I also like to bring layers in case the classroom gets cold.
School: Ohio University
Year/Major: Sophomore/Retail Merchandising and Fashion Product Development
Why This Outfit: As Karl Lagerfeld once said, "Sweatpants are a sign of defeat." On the first day of school, I am the opposite of defeated, so I chose to wear a chic dress and a pair of lace-up wedges to accurately reflect my attitude. I am ready to start this semester off strong and, of course…RAD!
School: San Diego State University
Year/Major: Senior/Business Marketing
Why This Outfit: The three C's is most important on the first day of school: casual, comfortable, and cute. By mastering all three of these key elements to an outfit, you're bound to make a great first impression to your peers and professors.
School: University of Iowa
Why This Outfit: It's gotta toe the line between pajama level comfy and staying true to my personal style. Anything that's quick, easy and makes it look like I didn't just roll out of bed 10 minutes before class flies.
School: Kent State University
Year/Major: Sophomore/Fashion Merchandising
Why This Outfit: When I choose any outfit, including a first day of school look, I always want to be sure that I connect with my style. If I am wearing a look that makes me happy and gives me life then I am set and ready to go!
School: University of Minnesota
Why This Outfit: Back-to-school fashion is all about starting to transition summer pieces into a fall look, and my favorite way to do this is to pair a dress with a more fall appropriate item like a jacket.
School: The Ohio State University
Why This Outfit: The most important thing in a back to school outfit is confidence, when I am feelin' on my sass game there is no stopping me! Utilizing basics and then adding some cool personal details will always make an outfit pop.
School: Simon Fraser University
Why This Outfit: Comfort is of the utmost importance for the first day of school. I always go for my favorite pair of sneakers so that I can quickly move from one class to another.
School: The George Washington Univeristy
Year/Major: Junior/Interior Architecture and Design
Why This Outfit: Dress to impress! People don't forget a first impression, so I like to dress up a little bit more than I would on a regular school day.
School: Loyola University Chicago
Year/Major: Senior/Advertising and PR
Why This Outfit: I always make sure that my first day of school outfit is comfortable, stylish and reflective of my personality! I also make sure to incorporate layers just in case it get chilly in the classroom.
School: Pace University
Year/Major: Junior/Women and Gender Studies
Why This Outfit: Looking effortlessly cool and comfortable is key to me with back-to-school outfits. A pair of overalls makes you look super cute and trendy without actually having to think too hard about an outfit!
Stay tuned for more back-to-school coverage from us and CollegeFashionista!