Dressing up for school can sometimes be hard. Waking up early and rummaging through your closet to put together the perfect first day of school outfit can take some time — we get it, and we are here to help!
When it comes to school outfits, there is one thing to take note of. Clothing is a great way to break the ice and show off your unique sense of style and personality. And the best part about clothes is that there are no rules — anything goes. While there are trends here and there (hello Barbiecore), there is no handbook stating this is how you have to dress.
So go ahead and wear that new BTS sweater; you might even make a new friend from it. And if you spot someone wearing a Harry Styles concert t-shirt in the hallway, you know just who to sit next to at lunch.
And if you’re in need of some school outfit inspiration, we’ve got you covered. To help elevate your wardrobe this year, we took school outfit inspo straight from our favorite celebrities, who have been spotted out and about in some of the best casual street style looks.
From comfy athleisure sweatsuits (seen on Addison Rae) to floral dresses and denim jumpsuits (a Kylie Jenner staple), scroll ahead to get celeb-style inspiration for your back-to-school outfit lineup this semester. We’ve also included similar pieces you can shop from each look to recreate your own version of the outfit!
Going for something chill and comfortable will always be a win in our style book. And Lucy Hale proves that dressing casual can still look cute, even while wearing a loose-fitted beanie and baggy pants. As soon as school is over, you’ll be ready to head to the skatepark with your friends.
Hot Girl Work Wear
Let them know you mean business this year with a sophisticated trench coat paired with your favorite plaid slacks. Not only will you be ready for school but also for that part-time office job after class.
Don’t forget to upgrade your denim jacket, as it’s a classic staple and pairs well with pretty much everything in your closet. Style this Madewell pick with a sundress and white sneakers or with your favorite leggings for more comfort.
Turtle Neck Dresses
When the winter season rolls around, ditch the classic turtleneck sweater and opt for a dress version instead. This full-coverage piece is designed to highlight your figure and will capture everyone’s attention in the hallways.
Give your legs some room to breathe as you sit behind a desk all day with stretchy, wide-leg pants. Although they aren’t sweats, you’ll feel super comfortable with this pair.
Even if you aren’t on a sports team, there’s no reason why you can wear a tracksuit. Grab your favorite sneakers and a matching sportswear set to tackle the school day in comfort and style.
You can’t go wrong with a ruched top for a stylish BTS outfit. Depending on your after-school plans, find a pair of high-waisted jeans and booties to pair with the top for a complete look.
Fortunately, floral prints aren’t going out of style anytime soon. Channel your inner fairytale princess with this puffy sleeve poplin dress to create a voluminous silhouette ideal for strutting to class and after-school ice cream dates with your boo.
Not in the mood for a bulky sweater? Opt for a knit top instead to help keep your midriff warm while looking fashion-forward. Style it with a pair of long white trousers and a cute handbag (or a cool backpack).
The addition of pink metallic pants will elevate any school outfit instantly. Not only will you be hopping on the #Barbiecore trend, but also letting everyone else know who runs the hallways from morning until the afternoon.
Long Sleeves Button Downs
As the chilly months slowly creep up, you’ll want to have a few long sleeve picks in your closet that’ll keep you warm. Try this Neapolitan-inspired shirt with a pair of baggy pants – and prepare for the after-school Instagram photoshoot session.
The Power Suit
There’s just something about wearing a suit that makes everything feel more fancy. And this all-white look is a classic. Be sure to pair it with white shoes for a full monochromatic look.
Show off your figure with a corset top this September. Add a pair of your favorite platform boots to accentuate the look and give you a few extra inches.
All Over Denim Look
You can’t go wrong with a full denim look. Whether you prefer wearing lace up boots or high-top sneakers — everything will pair well with this Good American jumpsuit.
Sweatshirts will become your best friend on those days when you don’t want to get up early for class. Throw on one over a comfy t-shirt and spend the day in a soft, oversized fabric you won’t want to take off.
Not only are linen dresses lightweight and cute, but they can easily be dressed up or down with a pair of heels or sneakers.
Sometimes nothing is more comfortable than a cozy cardigan, seriously. This piece is a bit more formal than a hoodie, but provides the same warm and snuggly qualities that people know and love.
Similar to an oversized hoodie is the relaxed sweatshirt that’s perfect for school. After pulling an all-nighter to study for those tests, simply toss on this sweatshirt and you’ll be ready to tackle the day.
Plaid Long Coats
When the temperature starts to drop, that’s when the coats come out from storage. And when it comes to coats, you’ll want to prioritize warmth over anything else. Go for a pick featuring a plaid print to add a pop to your wintery look, like the one below.
Think: sneakers, jeans, a sweater, and a bomber jacket. Not only is this look ready for a day out, but it has just the right amount of casual cool gal slay for a typical, average school day.
For the days when you want to wear a cute oversized blouse, but not pants — opt for a shirt dress. This will give you the best of both worlds, combining the sophistication of a top with the fashionable flow of a dress. Throw on a colorful pair of shoes to add some dimension to the look.
Whether it’s cheetah, leopard, or zebra, you can’t go wrong with fun animal prints. These pieces allow your personality to shine through and will help you stand out from the rest of your classmates.
Say hello to your new favorite pink sweater for the fall and beyond. It might not be your average fall hues, but that doesn’t mean you can’t rock it.
Easily elevate any look in seconds by throwing on a blazer. Whether you have a t-shirt or a blouse, adding a leather blazer will give your school outfit a layer of sophistication that’s perfect for the school setting and after-school internships.
High Waisted Jeans
Whether you’re in high school or college, mom jeans are a safe bet when heading back to school. Designed to accentuate your legs, these jeans work well with a sweater vest or any top like a graphic tee.
Add some color to your wardrobe with a nostalgic tie-dye print. Coordinate a day for you and your BFFs to all sport fun, colorful shirts like this one.
White Maxi Dresses
Slip into a maxi dress to start off the new school year on the right foot. You’ll look like an angel floating down the hallways in this flowy dress fit for royalty. Throw on some low-block heels or sandals to complete the look.
Whether it’s gym day at school or you have cheer practice after school, you can’t go wrong with a pair of biker shorts. Not only will these keep your legs cool, but they also give you one less thing to worry about when the school bell rings.
Plaid Button Up Shirts
Since BTS season is in the fall, you might want to opt for a plaid shirt. This laid-back pattern is casual yet professional, making it great back-to-school attire. The best part? It goes well with denim, so you can wear your favorite pair of jeans with it.
Trench coats come in all various lengths, prints, and colors. We’re partial to the longer lengths and love when pairing them with boots or platform shoes for extreme dimension and height. When it’s time to go out, throw your hair in a low ponytail for a sleek and chic look.
Keep the summer vibes going for as long as possible with a pair of statement shorts. Whether in your favorite abstract print or bold color, these shorts will add some pizzazz to any outfit.
Preppy Cropped Polo Shirts
You don’t have to go to prep school in order to wear a polo. Opt for a classic cropped polo for a posh and sophisticated look when you have to give a presentation or attend a big assembly.
If it’s your turn to present a project in front of the class, prepare yourself the night before by steaming out a cute collared shirt with frills and a pair of slacks. Your professors and classmates will definitely be impressed.
Striped Silk Tops
Silk isn’t only for pajamas. Stay comfortable in the classroom and throughout the day with a silk top that feels nearly weightless on your body.
Graphic tees are a must-have school wardrobe item. Ranging from concert merch to memes and TV shows, these t-shirts will help you make new friends and go perfectly with jeans and sneakers for a last-minute school outfit look.
Cottage core has been trending for quite some time and it hasn’t gone anywhere. Ring in the school year with this long sleeveless dress and eye-catching floral prints reminiscent of the popular style.
Ditch the short skirts and opt for a mini dress when headed back to school. Providing a bit more coverage, this dress is an optimal choice for drama class and beyond.
Black Platform Boots
Step into the school year with a pair of black platform boots. These power shoes will give you an air of confidence to tackle those difficult classes and assignments by adding an extra pep in your step.
Keep this super comfortable and flowy babydoll dress in your closet for BTS season. Pair the fit with colorful accessories for a bold contrast that’ll have you at the top of any fashion report card.