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Fall 2017

10 Back to School Outfit Ideas 2017

It’s that time of year again, fashionistas and fashionistos! We’re going back to school and had to commemorate that with a back to school style post. Here are not one, not two, but TEN different college outfit ideas to carry you through your first weeks back to the books.

Jillian

Every school year I try to switch up my wardrobe piece by piece and this year was no different. Since the springtime last year I have decided to embrace my feminine self and only buy lighter colored clothes like pinks, light blues, nudes, mauve, and floral. I’ve fought it for a long time, I never wanted to only have a light colored wardrobe because honestly I was scared of people thinking I was “too girly” but this year I’ve decided to own it and not care if someone thinks I dress too much like a girl because you know what? I am a girl and I’m darn proud of it.

First day of school is always the best way to set the tone for the semester so this year I decided to go “girly casual”. For my top I am wearing a Lush blouse from Nordstrom and I brought along with me a 14th and Union light jacket just to keep warm in the brisk early mornings for my 8 amclass. The jacket is super comfy and you don’t get too warm because the sleeves are completely lace and it also gives that more feminine look to it. For my jeans I am wearing a light wash pair of high waisted jeans from American Eagle. To give my outfit a bit of a kick of casual I wore my trusty low top converse.

Daisy

As the summer winds down, it’s time to get ready for the new school year. It doesn’t take much more than cute outfits to help you stand out and feel confident. Since school can require a lot of activities, it’s always good to stay simple and casual so you can stay flexible!

For my outfit, I kept the colors of white and blue, along with many stylish accessories. Doing this made me feel simple and school-appropriate. The jean I wore is from Korean brand ‘A-land’, and is comfortable enough to wear anywhere. White chiffon from my top let me look light and fresh for the school year’s official beginning. I also color-matched my sandals white in white.

I chose a hair band with a white and blue flower pattern. I love hair band styling because it’s sure to make me look specialized and adorable in simple outfits. The eco-friendly bag from H&M is sizable, allowing it to be full of books, personal pouches, and other snacks! This is another option of a backpack-style bag. For my rings, I tried to put together silver and gold on separate hands. Surely, since my outfit looks simple, the rings and bracelets are its true highlights!

Shayla

Welcome back everyone! Another summer break has come and gone. I always have mixed feeling about this time of year. On one hand I’m really upset that summer is ending. But, on the other hand I’m excited to get some sort of a routine back. Lucky for us we still get a few more weeks of summer weather before we all have to start layering like crazy to stay warm.

For my back to school look I went with cute but comfy. My white high waisted skinny jeans are from Hollister. I love Hollister jeans because they are always crazy comfortable and stretch for the perfect fit. Plus they have a ton of sales so it’s easy to pick up a pair for 50% off. What college student doesn’t like to save money.

Speaking of saving money. I highly recommend checking out all the thrift shops here in town. The end of summer had people going through their closets and donating everything they don’t want anymore. Meaning you can get some seriously cute clothes for almost nothing.  I got the tank top for this look at Goodwill for a dollar!

To pull this look together I added very simple accessories. Just a belt, a cute necklace, stud earrings, and some flip-flops. The goal here is to wear something that I can put on in a hurry if I’m running late but look like I still put effort in.

So there you go. That’s my back to school look. Good luck this semester everyone!

Nancy

Happy first day of school, Grizzlies! Thursday was a little weird for me, not only because I went to one class and won’t have class again until Tuesday, but because it was my last first day of school! And after already completing four years of college, this seems like a long time coming! For seemingly the first time ever, I didn’t do anything embarrassing on the first day! One year I sat in the wrong classroom for probably fifteen minutes before realizing, and another year I showed up to the right classroom 30 minutes early and joined the class before. I’m usually a mess when it comes to the first day of school, but who isn’t?

For my first day outfit, I wanted to start the year off with something unique, stylish, and comfortable. I decided to wear my favorite yellow granny pants from work (Olive + Iron), with a grey razor back striped tank top from Gap, with my gold Jack Rogers and fun accessories. This tank top was actually from Gap’s workout section, so it is the most comfortable soft fabric. I picked up this necklace in Asheville, North Carolina on vacation this summer and it’s quickly become my go to statement piece. It’s made of yarn and goes with my whole chic grandma look that I’m going for. I like to try to put more effort in on the first day of school to encourage me to do the same for classes the rest of the semester. We’ll see how long I keep that up!

Aline

Summer is a time to recharge, relax and revamp your style to your heart’s content. This Summer I decided that I wanted to chop off all my hair, grow my confidence and stop wearing the clothes that I thought I should be wearing and start wearing the clothes I wanted to wear. I started putting more emphasis on looking “interesting” instead of “pretty” and felt an incredible sense of liberation and freedom with the pieces I was now shopping for and putting together. Don’t get me wrong I’m still the same gal who loves Shrek, Bachelor in Paradise and gets unreasonably upset when my phone smudges my contour, I’ve just a found a way to be more creative with my clothes. All of this is a big reason why I was so excited to go back to school. “HELLO, UM! I HAVE RETURNED TO YOU TEN TIMES COOLER THEN WHEN I LEFT!”

Now that I’m back and better than ever (I’m so humble wow) I have a killer outfit to share with all you readers of Trendsetters at the U. For this outfit I went ahead and did a big ol’ throwback to the 90’s. I am obsessed with the loose-fitting maxi-dress trend that hit the summer by storm this year and couldn’t resist purchasing one of my very own at Nordstrom a couple months ago. To make this outfit even more comfortable and even more 90’s I threw this basic white tee from H&M underneath and voilá! You basically have the easiest outfit ever created! I threw on my Seychelles sandals for some Scandinavian flare and my Warby Parker specks just cuz glasses are fun and that’s the completed look!

So there you have it, kiddies! You all better have a fantastic first week back at school, learn lots and lots and get pumped for a year full of possibility!

Dina

Welcome back home. Yes, Home. I said home because I have been here at UMT for a year and I feel University of Montana is just like my home. People here so nice and kind. For me, the University of Montana is my second home that I will never ever forget. I went home on Summer Break and it was wonderful. Also, I was so happy that could have the chance to spent time with family there. Sadly, I have leave them to came back to the States. However, on my first day when I arrived here in Missoula, I felt so welcomed by the people here. I am glad to be back here.

I didn’t go shopping for back to school this semester because I arrived here 2 days before class start. I was really tired at that time, but UMT and the people here give me lots of energy to be ready for this semester. I was overwhelming because I need to do all things together in 3 days before class to start. I didn’t get enough sleep yet but I’ve try to manage my time and do my best for my fashion style for campus life.

This semester I want to be cute and look more girly than before. I chose a pink notebook to made my semester more bright and wonderful alongside my white outfit. I hope that this semester will be fine, and that I can always stay stylish and in good spirits in any situation that I will face.  For my outfits, I got both my long-sleeve and shorts from H&M and my sandals are from Rue21. Well, I am so happy to be here. Happy back to school, and good luck for this semester everyone!

Megan

For me, the best thing about the first day of school is putting together my back-to-school outfit. The worst thing, however, is finding the energy to get out of bed in the morning and put on said outfit. That’s why I chose this look. It’s cute, it’s simple, and it makes me feel like a badass while also feeling like I could take a nap. Seriously, these vintage Lee jeans from the Betty’s Divine vintage section feel like pajama pants, except 100% more stylish. They are currently my favorite find because you can dress them up or down, but no matter what you feel comfy. I mean, I love my skinny jeans as much as the next girl, but high-wasted mom jeans are my current comfort go-to.

My top is from Forever 21 and I think it’s the perfect tee for back-to-school. It’s put together with the black trim around the neckline and sleeves, but it still has all the ease of your favorite t-shirt. And I love this orange color to get me into that pre-fall state of mind, since it’s not exactly sweater weather yet. Tucking it into my pants really gives it an element of style without having to put too much work into your outfit.

I finished this lewk off with these super affordable high-heeled Chelsea boots from Target, my number one stop for cute shoes that fit my baby feet. If you’re looking for on trend shoes that last, honestly Target is a pretty good place. Every pair of shoes I was looking for in the past year I found at Target and I know from experience they last the test of time.

This outfit is super easy to recreate with your favorite tee and mom jeans, just add some makeup (or none at all, however you rock it) and you’ll feel like the stylish, comfy queen you are, no getting up at the crack of dawn required.

Jazzer-Rae

The nights are getting cooler, the sun is setting quicker and Summer as we know it is coming to a close (*briefly sings Closing Time to myself*). Though it is a downer that our summer adventures have come to an end, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t embrace the school year ahead! No matter what year in school I am in, I always get excited for “back to school” fashion. I remember in middle school and high school, knowing exactly what I was going to wear on my first day back!

For this look I decided to keep it simple, because like, less is more, ya know? I wanted to go for that classic back to school/girl next door look. I am sporting a striped shirt and a very cute, black overall dress, both from H&M (shocker right?!) For shoes, all I am wearing are my classic black converse for that more down to earth feel, and also because they are so comfortable to walk around campus in! If you know me, comfort is what I’m all about and I feel like this simple outfit is comfy yet stylish to rock on the semester ahead. So no matter what this school year throws at you, may you rock it like a champ and be fashionable while you’re at it!

 

Bailey

Senior year.  Simultaneously the most nerve wracking and exciting time of a college student’s life.  Wasn’t it just a little while ago that we were all Freshman trying to meander our way around this giant campus ?? Well, whether we’re ready for it or not, senior year is upon us, and I can’t think of a more perfect time to break out some hella cute back to school attire, since it might be one of our last chances to do so! (Except jokes on me cuz yo gurl changed her major and is gonna be a super senior, but hey, I can still pretend I’m a real senior, right?)

For some reason, the start of the school year has got me thinkin’ all about fall, and I’m chompin’ at the bit to break out the boots, sweaters and scarves! But for now, we still got some toasty weather so I settled for some fall colors and suede instead.  For this look, I jumped at the chance to wear a skirt just given to me by one of my sorority sisters! The skirt was originally from Hollister and seemed to pair perfectly with my simple crop from H&M!  I decided not to layer over these base pieces because the combo of the buttons on the skirt along with the ties on the top seemed to be enough – nothing annoys me more than an overdone look!  Then I threw on some classic suede booties from Target along with some dainty jewelry and I felt ready to hit the books!

Michelle

Happy back to school, everybody! I feel like I say this about every time of year, but back to school is definitely up there as far as favorite times of years are concerned. You’re refreshed from summer break, have an excuse to go shopping for new pens and sweaters, and fall is right around the corner. Need I say more?

A nice collared shirt is an absolute staple in my wardrobe. Pair it with some trousers and pumps, you’re all business; switch out the trousers for some denim and the pumps for sneakers or slides, and you’ve got a killer off-duty chic look. This shirt is from Target and I absolutely love how versatile it is. I tucked it into a pair of thrifted high waisted denim shorts, belted with my new favorite belt from Madewell.

I like to keep my style pretty minimal as of late, so I added a dainty Aquarius necklace, threw on my Old Navy criss-cross slides, grabbed my Target backpack and I was out the door. I love how classic this look is while still being extremely comfortable and functional for transitional weather.

I feel like last semester I totally slacked with my style and it definitely affected my mood and confidence, as well as my productivity. Dress well, test well, amirite? Especially with this being my LAST semester of college (like when did this even happen??) I’m setting out the challenge to make this my most stylish semester yet! Oh boy..am I really making that bold of a statement on the internet for all to see? Hopefully I can live up to it. Only time will tell. Have a wonderful “first real week back at school”, Grizzlies!

Photography by Jazzer-Rae Engel | @skeletonsmiles

Spring 2014

Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve

 

 

With Valentine’s Day arriving next week, you may be counting down to a day spent with your loved one, friends, or family. Regardless of your plans, you will need something to wear! From a casual day at class, to girls night out, or a special date night, the ladies of Trendsetters at The U give you a variety of fashionable outfits for a perfect Valentine’s Day.

 

Michelle

All photos by Turk Ismail

 

For my Valentine’s Day look I chose something that is very feminine but has a bit of edge. I also wanted to keep it simple so I chose a red lace dress, black heels and my black leather jacket. I really like this outfit because it is very versatile, you could wear it to a nice dinner or a more casual occasion. No matter where you’re going or who you’re with, I think this look would be perfect for a night out this Valentine’s Day.

 

All photos by Turk Ismail

 

 

Becca

For my outfit, I chose something that I could wear to school on a chilly day. I chose a bright pink top with a light pink top underneath to be festive, but also to not overdo it. I chose my favorite pair of high-waisted denim jeans because I love how the dark wash makes the top stand out. I threw on my pom-pom hat to keep me warm for the walk to school and added a pair of flats to make the outfit a little more stylish and add a personal touch.            Hat-Apricot Lane Missoula, Top-Apricot Lane Missoula, Denim- Just USA from Apricot Lane Missoula, Flats-Herbergers

 

 

Nao

For my Valentine’s Day look I chose a red pencil skirt from Forever21 and an off-white knit sweater with beading. The combination is both girly and mature.  I wanted to show off my white flower earring so I swept my hair to one side.  I think this outfit would be nice for both date night or a girl’s night. I always choose a simple and girly mix but for Valentine’s Day, I wanted to make my outfit thoroughly girly!

 

 

 

Klaire

Fashion is new to me and I always put comfort first, so when it comes to layers—the more the better. Valentine’s Day is coming around the corner so add a little bit of color to your outfit such as pink. I chose a bright pink sweater from Hollister over a blue button-down shirt from Village Shop in Whitefish will make your look go from casual to fashionista in seconds. My white KUT brand pants with black stencil pattern from Kloth in Fernie, Canada make me feel like a fashion star when I’m walking to campus. My shoes are long black Frye boots and are great for campus or snow. With any outfit, you need a little bling and shine that will make your outfit stand out. My favorite earrings are sparkly pink flowers from the Village Shop in Whitefish, I always get compliments when I wear them. Fashion is about expressing yourself, so whether you add a little or a lot of pink, just go with it and make sure that you fall in love with your style this Valentine’s Day.

 

 

 

Sojin

Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse for dressing up, whether you’re going out with your girls or your significant other. My wardrobe contains a lot of neutrals and not as many of those “typical” Valentine’s Day pinks and reds. I thought I would showcase something to wear out if you don’t have much color in your closet. My outfit is versatile because it can be worn to work or class if needed and then still worn out with friends or on a date afterwards. Classic black and white are always colors that can be worn on any holiday or special occasion. I chose to wear the black closed-toe wedges because they add a nice flare to the outfit while still practical for Montana’s wintery weather.  What I’m Wearing: Top- Zara Skirt- H&M Shoes- Old Navy Necklace- Target

 

Kelsi

 This outfit takes a slightly casual approach to Valentines Day. I wore a pair of simple dark jeans with a classic blazer and gave the outfit a festive flare with a bright pink heart tank. I’m not one to wear a lot of color, so I love that this outfit is fairly neutral with just a pop of color. This outfit is great for Valentines Day because it’s right between casual and dressy. If you’re not a fan of getting dressed up or you’re not prepared to brave the cold in a dress, this type of outfit is perfect for you!  Blazer: Herbergers Tank: Forever 21 Jeans: Kensie (from One Eleven in Missoula) Booties: Herbergers

 

 

Bailey

I am totally a sucker for Valentine’s Day. Maybe it’s my inner-girlyness that’s brought out, but I can’t say no to a holiday that celebrates the color pink, flowers, and chocolate. And most importantly, I love getting dressed up for Valentine’s Day! I love this dress for Valentines Day because it’s perfect for a night out with friends, family, or a date. The long sleeves are warm for February weather and the fit and flare style is great for all body types. The love the floral print of the dress because it’s feminine and the black complements the pink and red roses without being too girly. Pair the dress with some heels, pink lipstick, big curls and your set! Dress: Forever 21, Shoes: Jessica Simpson