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14 in-style back-to-school women’s wardrobe picks for college students

The first days of classes are just around the corner for kids of all ages. For college students, that may mean moving into a new dorm, meeting new roommates and reuniting with old friends. This year, put your best foot forward and feel confident with these stylish buys perfect for the fall weather transition and all your favorite on-campus activities, from the dining hall to the athletic fields. 

Best back-to-school women’s wardrobe picks for college

Top women’s clothing for college

Lovers and Friends Grady Crew Neck Pullover

This cozy sweater has a touch of ’90s style, thanks to the tie-dye ombre horizontal stripes. The loose, chunky knit is endlessly comfortable and can be dressed up or down. It’s perfect for cool fall days on campus.

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Departure Milano Crewneck

This cute statement sweatshirt is comfortable enough to wear lounging in the dorm or dining hall but stylish enough to dress up for fall classes or a casual night out. It’s made from a cotton and polyester blend that’s breathable, stretchy and super soft.

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Omoone Women’s Oversized Denim Jacket

A denim jacket never goes out of style. This year, the style is all about big, boxy and roomy toppers. This thick denim jacket comes in three shades to match any outfit and is just the right weight to transition from summer to fall.

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AGOLDE ’90s Mid-Rise Loose Fit Jeans

The relaxed fit and distressed knees on these thick denim jeans are perfect to complete your ’90s aesthetic this school year. Plus, they go with everything and have a cropped hem that pairs well with heels, flats or sneakers.

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Alo Aces Tennis Skirt

Lean into the lingering athleisure trend with this flirty and flouncy pleated white tennis skirt. You can wear it when you’re actually exercising or just headed to the library. You’ll look cute, and more importantly, you’ll be comfortable. Additionally, it has built-in spandex shorts that stay put.

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Paige Anessa Puff Sleeve Jumpsuit

When the weather starts to cool at the beginning of the school year, this one-piece jumpsuit is the perfect laid-back outfit that still looks polished with minimal effort. It has a tie waist that cinches in for a slimming look.

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And Now This Women's Cotton Boyfriend T-Shirt

You can never go wrong with a simple outfit of jeans and a T-shirt. These soft and breathable tees hit the right note of style, thanks to their crew neck and slightly baggy, vintage cut. Additionally, this tee is available in six colors.

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The Drop Women's Blake Long Blazer

Tie any outfit together for a good impression with this camel-colored blazer. It has a chic single-button closure and a stylish boxy fit with lined hip pockets. You may like it so much that you spring for one in every color.

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Merokeety Women's Short-Sleeve Waffle Pajama Set

Look put together in your dorm room with this matching cozy set. It is budget-friendly and comes in dozens of colors to match your personal aesthetic.

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Top women’s shoes and accessories for college

Olga Berg Sasha Top Handle Bag

This structured crossbody bag keeps your valuables secure and matches any outfit, thanks to the neutral color. It also has an adjustable strap and enough space to house your phone, wallet and keys without being too boxy or heavy.

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Birkenstock Arizona Essentials Sandals

The strappy Birkenstock sandal style is always in, and these bright-white, lightweight slip-on shoes are ideal for wearing strolling around campus, heading to the shower or going out for the night. Plus, though they’re white, the washable material makes them easy to keep clean.

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Herschel Supply Co. Nova Mid Volume Backpack

Skip the bulky, heavy and awkward bookbag this year. This compact pack has just enough space to hold a laptop or notebooks, so you can pack light and zip around campus with ease — looking great, of course.

Sold by Revolve 

Cariuma National Geographic Gecko High-Top Sneakers

When you want to make a statement with your shoes but stay comfortable, you can’t go wrong with these bold National Geographic sneakers from Cariuma, which will plant two trees for every pair of shoes sold.

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Veja Women's Esplar Logo Sneakers

With a good pair of white sneakers in your closet, you’ll always be able to pull together a cute and casual outfit. These low-top sneakers from Veja work with skirts and dresses in addition to pants and shorts, and they are supportive enough to wear for hours.

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