CollegeFashionista X AEO: Freshman 15, Day 5

When I hear fall my mind goes to denim. The fabric complements the crisp air and warm colored leaves that splatter the tree-covered paths. Out of all the denim options available, nothing beats a classic pair of jeans. With so many cuts, washes, and styles, everyone can find their own perfect pair at American Eagle Outfitters. What better way to start off the school year than with a new pair of favorite jeans?

Often times, college schedules make fashion more difficult. However, jeans are a perfect go-to option due to their versatility. With so many different ways to style them, they’re perfect for any college day. I chose to style my dark washed jeans with a flowing, pastel tank and accessories for a casual look with a feminine vibe. The dark hued jeans contrast with the top and allow my silver sandals to pop. To help dress up my ensemble, I wore a wrist full of silver bracelets, a simple necklace, and every college student’s most valuable accessory: a watch. To conquer the fall breeze, I can easily throw on a light sweater, leather jacket, or even a chambray button-down for a denim-on-denim look. The outfit welcomes fall while holding on to the last rays of summer.

For a more formal take on denim, wear jeans with a cute pair of wedges, heels, or flats and a blouse. With statement jewelry or a bold lip, this look works great for a night out. The wash also plays into how formal or casual an ensemble appears. Lighter washes give off a more casual, laid back feel while darker washes tend to feel dressier.  In terms of style, skinny jeans work for every occasion. You can dress them up or down, creating a cornucopia of different styles.

Tip: Even on the laziest days, jeans can save you from looking sloppy. While yoga pants and a sweatshirt with your college’s name may count for a slice of school spirit, you can achieve comfort while still maintaining a strong sense of fashion with a pair of jeans. Pull on a pair of boyfriend jeans and a slouchy sweater with a printed scarf for a look comfy, yet chic look. No matter the day or the time, you can always rock a pair of denim jeans.

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