These not-so-basic back to school staples will have your closet looking fresh

Depending on where you attend school, classes are about a month away and honestly, we are not that excited. Unless you are ready to treat the hallway as your runway, what’s the point of going?

(Jk, jk, jk). 

As we have to sit through almost two hours of lectures and crunch in some night classes, you may barely have time to dress up for school at all (also, bye bye to freakum dresses and a social life). However, going back to school doesn’t mean that you have to show up to school like a basic bish.

Rather than simply wearing Lululemon leggings, a university slogan hoodie (or tee), and Rainbow flip flops, you can get away with way more stylish alternatives that you can turn into campus staples!

We’ve got you covered.

1. The Slogan Sweatshirt

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Let’s be real – when you’re rocking an outfit with your school’s name on it, you can look pretty cheesy, and most people will assume you’re a freshman. Let’s try to avoid this faux pas. But, bringing a cozy sweatshirt to school is a must for classes, hang time, and more. We’ve found some super chic sweatshirt options that can outlast your degree.

Wildfox Computer Cowgirl Sommers Sweater, $108 at Wildfox

Paradised Sun Sees Sweatshirt, $165 at Net-A-Porter

MISBHV Internazionale Sweatshirt, $100 at Shopbop

2. Statement Tees

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Statement tees are a great staple all day any day. Somehow, you can never have enough statement tees. As much as I love a classic tee, we’re all here for embellishments, luxe fabrics, and the good old slogan. Plus, it’s so much more fun to stick out of the crowd!

FAE Mono Rib Top, $80 at FAE

LIANA The Plush Royal Tee, $90 at LIANA

Galore x NA-KD Girl Cult Tee, $35.95 at NA-KD


VFILES + Juicy Couture Tee, $93 at Juicy Couture

Local Authority LA Liberty Tee, $135 at Local Authority LA

We Wear The Pants WANTED! Tee, $58 at We Wear The Pants

The Ragged Priest Indifferent Tee, $48 at Dolls Kill

3. Tailored Pants

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Hate how your favorite skinny jeans stretch in the wash after just a few pairs? It’s finally time to switch it up for a pair of tailored pants! Equipped with sharp lines and leg-lengthening cuts, a pair of tailored pants are the upgrade your closet has been needing.

Despite its not-so-everyday level of comfort, it transforms your outfit as from the classroom to the bars (If you aren’t ready to let go of your sweatpants, you can also go for a tailored joggers, too!).


Karameleon Clyde Plaid Pants, AUD $110 at Karameleon

Cotton Citizen Milan Jogger With Ankle Zips, $157.50 at Cotton Citizen

Y.A.S. Bold Stripe Pants, $79 at ASOS

4. Socks

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What do Cher Horowitz and Blair Waldorf have in common? Apparently, both of them can’t live without a pair of knee-high socks! Boy, were these icons right. A school uniform def looked too bare without a pair of socks.

As much as we want to pull on knee-high socks, it’s honestly kinda difficult to pull them off with an everyday look (Seriously, how many times do you have to keep pulling your socks up without having to be late to class?). Instead, why not you try on a pair of ankle socks?

HUF Sunny Rolling Socks, $10.50 at Dolls Kill

UNIF Pippy Socks, $9.23 at UNIF

Stance x Rihanna Mary Jane Socks, $16 at Stance

5. Small Rounded Bags

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Say goodbye to big bags with stiff, sharp angles! After all, we’d rather be hands-free than to pop into class with a massive jumbo backpack and our heavy laptops. Also, we honestly feel terrible for holding up the line at the campus coffee shop whenever we have to open our backpacks and dig through the entire contents to find our itsy bitsy wallet (At least it’s a decent excuse to slide up to the campus cutie behind you before you leave the queue!).

Rather than having to book a chiropractor’s appointment for the rest of our lives after four strenuous years, we’ve got you covered with small, simple bags that can fit in all your needs throughout the day.

Pop & Suki Bigger Camera Bag, $155 at Pop & Suki

Dior Monogram Print Handbag, AUD $345 at IRVRSBL

Von Dutch Black Bowling Bag, $37.99 at Zumiez

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