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42 Back To School Outfits That Will Have You Pumped for Your First Day

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School starts back up in T-minus three months, which means… YUP, it’s already time to start planning out your first day of school outfit. This year, that might look a little bit different, but even on Zoom, you want your look to jump out. Lucky for you, there are a ton of easy-to-wear styles trending right now that basically require zero effort. Like slip dresses – wear them under any jacket, over any T-shirt, or with any shoes and they always look cool. Or tie-dye – rock it with zebra print, mom jeans, or bike shorts (it’s surprisingly versatile).

Before the first day of the fall semester comes around, take a quick scroll through these on-trend looks you can easily copy with only the lightest bit of back to school shopping.

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Texture Contrast

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A silky satin tube top combined with no-stretch mom jeans? Ya, it’s a vibe that’s both hot as hell and super laid-back.

Casually Chic

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Doesn’t matter what you’re wearing, a solid denim topper is going to add that perfectly chill vibe. An A+ choice for day one.

Oversized Polo

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Ransack your local thrift store (or your dad’s closet) to nail this first day of school outfit. An oversized polo becomes the perfect dress, thanks to some trendy accessories.

Vintage Button-Up

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Before you even THINK about going to the mall for a $45 T-shirt everyone in your entire class already has, swing by a thrift store. I promise, the mens department is packed with cheap button-ups that will give your look a cool ’90s feel.

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Go fully ’90s with a buttoned-up cardigan and a silky slip skirt. High top sneakers make the grandma pair-up feel a little more modern.

Cool-Girl Suit

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Repurpose your internship suit with sneakers, jumbo hoops, and a cropped graphic tee for an effortlessly stylish look perfect for the first day of school.

Hot-Girl Athleisure

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That hot a** classroom is probably not the best environment for your favorite leggings. Keep the loungewear energy alive with a sporty shorts set and a handful of high-sparkle jewelry.

Chill ’90s Vibes

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Grunge-meets-normcore AKA Kendall Jenner’s style specialty. Pair a vintage-inspired cardi with long-line jeans and skeans to copy for yourself – it’s really that easy.

Updated Bermuda Shorts

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Finally, stylish shorts that won’t get you detention. Bermudas look good with any top and will also keep you covered (but, like, in a stylish way).

Chill Tie-Dye

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Tie-dye is like a solid black and white stripe – it goes with anything in your closet (seriously, try it). Pair the multi-colored design with a printed skirt, cut-offs, or white jeans for the ultimate cool-girl look.

Trendy Half-and-Half

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This split look is HOT for fall 2021. With a statement-making top like this, you can go very laid-back with the rest of your look – like jeans and sneakers.

Layered Florals

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If your school operates under the three-finger rule (*eye roll*), layer your favorite sundress over a tank top for a chic look that won’t get you detention.

Leopard and Leather

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If you don’t already have a leopard dress in your closet, do you even exist? Pair your go-to mini with buckled boots and a timeless leather jacket.

CDC Chic

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Realistically, any outfit you pick for the first day of school is going to look at lot like this. Camila’s flannel/tank/mask look is the ultimate chill feel.

Cool-Girl Professional

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To secure the bag on that “Most Likely to Become President” superlative, you’ve gotta put in the work. Which means, four years of professional-chic looks that slay. This printed look, paired with funky boots, nails that vibe completely.

MAJOR Amounts of Tie-Dye

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Pile on all your tie-dye loungewear (seriously, all of it) for a super bold look that’s shockingly wearable.

Slip and Sneaks

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Instagrammers love wearing slip dresses with retro naked sandals. Tone down the look for class with colorblocked sneakers.

Snakeskin Pants

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It’s literally impossible to NOT look cool in a pair of faux snakeskin pants. It’s science.

Statement Sweats

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A sweatsuit is 100% class appropriate for fall 2021–for obvious reasons. If you’re shopping for a new design, this neon iteration should be seriously considered.

Puff-Sleeve Florals

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At this rate, puff sleeves will literally never go out of style. They’ve been trending for like 6 seasons straight and, yes, they’ll be BIG for fall too. Pair the super-girly trend with punkier details, like platform combat boots and black sunnies.

Bright Basics

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At this point, plush cardigans, loose-fit jeans, and dad sneakers are requirements in every wardrobe. Wear yours all at once, layered over a bright tank (preferably tie-dye).

Contrasting Tie-Dye

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This look is a 2021 MOOD if I’ve ever seen one. Double down on TikTok’s favorite trend for your first day. It’s a bold move no one will expect, but everyone will wish they thought of.

Retro Prints

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Take ya man’s shirt and tuck it into your go-to pair of high rise jeans, like Selena Gomez.

Statement Shorts

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Animal print will still be the vibe for back to school. Bold shorties in the motif look so cool paired with a voluminous blouse and over-the-knee boots.

Tie-Dye and Denim

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Dip into your collection of watercolor for day one, then slap on a matching statement eye. It’s a first day ensemble that demands at LEAST 35 selfies.

Maxi and a Cropped Jacket

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This styling trick comes to you straight from plus size model Iskra Lawrence and it can be used with literally any outfit. Throw on your cropped denim and fasten a single button to make any summer staple dress code appropriate.

Statement Pants

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While everyone else is out here making their plaid pants look grungy, take a note from Storm Reid and go preppy. A crisp white button up and sneakers makes the bold pants feel dressy, but still chill enough for class.

Oversized Sweatshirt

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Everyone loves this styling trick, from Ariana Grande to Chanel Iman. A massive hoodie and sneakers is the easiest outfit equation for the first day.

Sporty Bike Shorts

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Bike shorts are basically the summer version of leggings. Wear them to class with the hoodie of your choice and your favorite sneakers – puppy optional.

Girly Mini Dress

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Give your best summer dress a punky edge with a pair of ass-kicking snakeskin boots.


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For some reason, a matching tracksuit just feels more put-together than regular sweatpants. A sleek top knot is the perfect back to school hairstyle to go along with it.

Laid-Back Blazer

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A white tee, jeans, and a plaid blazer – it’s an always-chic ensemble that you can wear literally anywhere.

Like, TONS of Denim

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A denim dress, a denim shirt, a pair of good old-fashioned mom jeans – you will literally *always* look stylish decked head to toe in blues. Just add the internet’s favorite shoe (Air Force 1s) for a *sickening* look.

Femme Dots

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A pretty dotted top is a timeless choice that also happens to be trending right now. The motif goes just as well with black denim as it does with khakis or regular jeans.

Posh Athleisure

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Yes, we ARE bringing quarantine’s leggings-only energy into the new school year. A metallic leggings set makes the athleisure staples look more like real clothes (but waaaay more comfy).

Retro Tracksuit

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Ok, so you can’t wear this exact outfit to school thanks to that stupid dress code, but swap the crop for a regular tee and you’re good to go.

Sleek Plaid

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If you haven’t yet invested in a pair of loose-fit plaid pants, sis, you need to get ON that. They look just as good with a band tee as they do with pretty blouses, like this one.

Leather and Graphics

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Any combination of a graphic tee and leather (like, anything leather) is a forever outfit win. Justine’s addition of fluffed-out slides is just the unexpected finish this look needed.

Hot-Girl Workwear

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This look utilizes your internship staples, but still looks freakin’ trendy due to the bustier top and glitzy choker.

Stacks and Stacks of Chains

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With a simple black tee, your impressive necklace collection can shine. Pop on a red lip for just a lil touch of glamour.

Neons and Tie-Dye

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Yeah, this list is basically just 435 ways to wear tie-dye. I don’t make the rules. This one is the perfect example of leveling-up your look with day-glo accessories.

Laid-Back Biker

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Rep bike shorts and a matching hoodie for your first day – it’s basically PJs for school.

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