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Breaking Down Actual Outfits I Wore to Class in College

It's Monday and the first day of classes for a lot of college students, so we're going to take it down a notch and make today a little more of a casual post. One of my favorite things on this blog is my Recent Outfits posts, where I just give my outfits ridiculous names, shown through crappy mirror pics. Let's pretend like it's 2008 again and kick it back to some outfits I definitely remember wearing around campus.

I'd say my last two years of college, but senior year mainly, I definitely stopped caring. Not about my appearance, but about what other people would think about my appearance. I had no issues with being the most dressed up person in the room or getting an eyebrow raise from a professor during lectures because I was wearing navy blue or black lipstick.

The fabulous thing about college is that you can literally wear anything you want and for the most part, nobody cares. I can't speak for everyone, of course, but my theory is that if people care about such inane things, they should really focus on something else.

Check out more of my Recent Outfits posts here, if not for outfit inspiration, then for a few laughs because they're my favorite posts to write.

T-shirt: gift | Jeans: Gap | Boots: Nine West | Cardigan: Rag & Bone
This was a pretty standard and easy outfit to pull off. It's really just a t-shirt, cardigan, and a pair of boyfriend jeans. I think a pair of black booties is just a massive wardrobe staple. They go with everything and make a simple look even more put together. Also, note the messy bun. Looks like I took some of my own advice for getting ready in the morning in a jiff...

Tunic: Forever 21 | Leggings: The Wandering Wardrobe | Turtleneck: Target | Boots: Nine West | Jacket: Target

I'd say this was more of a trend for me during my junior year, but I definitely had some days where I wanted to be a little more dressed up for class. Some days I just felt like it, other days it was because I had interviews scheduled for articles that I was writing. Wearing a faux suede tunic over turtlenecks like an elementary school jumper was big for a brief moment so I definitely took advantage of the trend while it lasted! Also, those leggings were fleece lined, which made the winter months so much more tolerable on days that I took the legging route.

Top: Tory Burch | Skirt: American Eagle | Boots: Madden Girl
The only thing I remember about this outfit was how uncomfortable I felt in it. It just...wasn't me. The boots were painful and didn't match the suede skirt and I just remember fussing with the blouse all day. This was a prime example of a bad outfit, not just because of its construction, but because I didn't feel good in it at all. I think I just really wanted to wear this shirt but it ultimately just didn't work for me. I ended up selling it because as cute as it was, it just wasn't me.

Sweater: H&M | Skirt: The Wandering Wardrobe | Boots: Bandolino

I distinctly remember the day I wore this look and how cute I felt in it. It was the first cooler day in fall and I was beyond excited to wear this skirt. I got it as a thank you from my old boss for helping her with a photo shoot and it was a glorious day. I loved the sailor button details and just thought it exemplified fall perfectly. I was still rocking the riding boots trend because I will never let it die. I love my riding boots, I can't let them go. They're my only remnant left from my "preppy" days.

This was the day that a girl in my class told me that she doesn't know how I wear heels every day, let alone at 8 in the morning, but she respects it. I definitely went through a heel phase my last semester of college, and to be honest, still am in it. I love feeling a little taller than I am. I love chunky block heels. They elevate an outfit without adding insane amounts of discomfort. This dress was also another photo shoot thank you gift and I still adore it to this day. It looks adorable with black tights and leggings as well. Dresses that you can wear bare-legged and with tights underneath are a great transitional piece if you live somewhere that has all four seasons!

Top: The Wandering Wardrobe | Jeans: Levi's (DIYed them myself) | Shoes: Matisse
This was another prime example of a typical outfit for me. I wore a lot of tops with fun sleeves because they looked better with a pair of jeans than a plain old t-shirt or oxford blouse. These Matisse loafers were all a favorite during that last semester. I wore them endlessly, which is why they're borderline destroyed at the moment and desperately need a cobbler, if not a whole new pair entirely.

Jacket: Cleveland Consignment Shoppe (it's Silence + Noise I believe) | Sweater: H&M | Jeans: American Eagle | Boots: Stuart Weitzman
I know for a fact that this was Halloween. I really wanted an excuse to wear this big hunter green coat but needed to build up the courage to wear it on campus. I also really wanted to debut black lipstick but again, I was hesitant. I didn't get afraid to wear a lot of things, especially that last semester of college. Really, the part I felt most guilty about was having to walk to campus with my roommate because she's the one who had to be seen with the girl with a new lipstick color every day and something crazy on.

I chose Halloween to wear this because I thought people might think it was a costume when it most certainly was not. I loved this statement jacket and I ended up wearing it a few more times on non-spooky holidays because I realized it was dumb to be affected by what people might think. I even got compliments on it! Don't' doubt yourselves, y'all.

Sweater: Zara | Jeans: American Eagle | Shoes: Nine West
I loved this outfit a lot, but this was not a fun day to wear it. The wind was biting cold and it was just not a warm winter day. Also because I'm an idiot, I couldn't fit any jackets over the sleeves so I pretty much walked to and from campus and my parking lot back to my apartment building after work without a jacket on because it just didn't work with the sleeves. As cute as this sweater is, it definitely did not work with jackets and therefore made it a bad idea to wear as late in the season as I did. Guys, take the weather into account when you're planning outfits. That's all I have to say.


  1. Loving your looks! Those jeans in the third to last picture are so good!

    Clothes & Quotes

    1. Thanks Shannon! Ripped them to shreds myself hahaha.

  2. I think college was when I first found MY style - I used to be so scared to try new trends and wanted to just fit in. In college, I stopped caring about what other people would think and just wore what I wanted to.
    I love all of your looks (especially the fourth one with the tall boots). So cute and pretty!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

    1. Oh same! When I first started, I had no idea how to dress. I wore uniforms from grades 1-11 and in 12th grade we had dress code, so that was mainly what I had to work with clothing wise. So cringe! I think dressing becomes so much easier when you stop caring what people think, you're so right! Thanks Deborah! :)


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