WHAT TO WEAR: Back to School in the Cool

It’s that time of year again! Time to fly back to college for another term of studying and socializing. The start of a semester is always exciting because not only do you get to see your friends after four long months, but you also get to parade through campus in your summer purchases and your new wardrobe. With new people coming to campus and dressing to impress, it’s time to step up your game and try some new trends.

In a city like Boston in September, where it’s 80 degrees out and sunny one minute, then 60 degrees and raining the next, you have to prepare your outfits for any weather fiasco. This look does just that.

Light washed jeans and neutral colors are the best together for the first day of classes. You definitely want to wear some color to be noticeable and remembered, but nothing too excessive and bright: think grey, blue, black, white, army-green, tan, beige, etc.

This outfit is a perfect mix for the East Coast climate. Pairing a jean jacket and a velvet skirt is an ideal combination. The three-quarter sleeve allows for some coverage in the wind and rain. The plain black tank is classic and simple, but the long neckline adds some elegance. The velvet lush material keeps you warm in the weather, but the length of the skirt allows for a slight breeze when the sun is shining and you’re slightly clammy from running across campus late to your next class.

Of course, you can’t forget the shoe. This platform sneaker seems to be the style of the summer. They are comfy and cute, and needless to say, you grow an inch while wearing them. The fashion of this flair, with its height benefit and all, flawlessly fits this neutral and fall forecast outfit.

A great accessory to add to this look is the iconic John Lennon sunglass frame. Round reflective sunglasses are a chic and modern approach to a very vintage and classic style; they make everyone seem a bit more edgy. The colored mirrored frames seem to be all over the streets (pink, purple, blue, green and yellow), but my favorite are the simple ones: silver or gold. These metal type colors are bold and match your favorite jewelry hue, as well as add a touch of sophistication to your outfit.

Going from your psychology lecture to a business presentation? No problem! Swap the jean jacket for a black blazer and the platform sneakers to a pair of black flats and the “A” is coming your way!