The NYFW-Inspired Trends to Rock on Campus

September in New York City means two things: back to school and New York Fashion Week. NYFW S/S 18 was filled with Kaia Gerber, breaking news about Gigi Hadid’s wardrobe malfunction, and, of course, tons of gorgeous garments and stellar style inspiration. Here are five trends from the runways that you can also strut down your campus hallways.

dressed up denim

It’s time to upgrade your jeans and a T-shirt! This season, designers from Tom Ford to Monse dressed up the classic textile with flirty off the shoulder tops, kitten heels, and silky accents. For class, try pairing your everyday jeans with a fancy blouse, or use them to provide a casual complement to ladylike flats.

hot pink

If you want to stand out in the hallway, go for hot pink. Monochrome hot pink ensembles lit up the runways at Rag & Bone, Tom Ford, and Brandon Maxwell. If you don’t want to stand out that much though, I’d recommend adding a hot pink accessory to your outfit or even a pink statement lip.


Still have your American Apparel bodysuits? Okay, good. The runways featured a number of so-not-school-appropriate bathing suit inspired ensembles. But don’t worry, a form-fitted bodysuit provides the perfect complement to wide-leg pants or a flowy skirt that’ll definitely pass campus dress code.

sheer pastels

Sheer pastel and floral gowns added a whimsical edge to the shows at Rodarte and Jason Wu. Although rocking a ball gown to class might elicit odd looks, you can totally get away with a sheer blouse with a tank underneath. Pair it with a messy bun and you’ll look effortlessly beautiful.

checkered overcoats

Checkers and plaid seem to be everywhere right now, and the runways were no different. An easy way to pull this trend off is throwing on a checkered overcoat or gingham pants; if you’re feeling adventurous, try layering different checkered pieces for a fashion-forward ensemble.

Which of these trends would you be most willing to try out on campus? Let me know in the comments below! 

Feature photo by Natalie Miller.