CollegeFashionista X AEO: Freshman 15, Day 8

I don’t believe there is a more tried and true wardrobe staple than a simple pair of jeans. Whether dressed up or dressed down, a great-fitting pair of denim is a college girl’s go-to. They’ll take you from class to brunch to a night out with friends—it’s all in how you style them.

For fall, my never-fail look for a day of classes is a pair of blue jeans, classic riding boots and a fun printed top. Far more pulled together than a pair of sweats, this look works no matter where your busy day takes you.

Aside from their versatility, my favorite thing about the denim jean is that it’s constantly being reimagined with new styles and washes. Destructed, printed, super skinny—right now, all denim variations are having a moment. So when I found these black high-rise denim jeggings from American Eagle Outfitters, I couldn’t have been more excited to welcome a new style into my wardrobe.

I played off of the fun vibe that these jeggings give off by pairing them with a few of my favorite bold pieces. I tucked a leopard print blouse into the jeans to accentuate their high-waisted fit and topped it off with a soft denim chambray blouse for contrast. This gold spiked statement necklace adds some playfulness and a bright pink lip brings in extra color. I cuffed the American Eagle Outfitters jeans to show a little ankle and paired them with these orange booties by Lucky Brand. Not only does this look work for day; with a few simple changes the jeggings can easily be dressed up for date night.

Tip: Know when to splurge and know when to save. A firm understanding of “investment pieces” will get you far. Read: the perfect jeans for your shape, one killer handbag in a neutral tone and a great pair of boots. Then, it’s easy to head to H&M or Forever21 to save on trendy pieces like a camouflage blouse. Above all, have fun and be true to yourself with your style on campus this fall.  

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