College Prep: 9 Must Haves Before Hitting the Books

We have the 9 Must Have Items you need to hit before hitting the books. From dresses to jackets to jeans and everything in between.

Another year, another great opportunity to show off your amazing style! Whether this is your first official “life on campus” or you’re back to show that syllabus who’s boss, rounding up a fresh look is a great way to give your confidence a boost.

And that starts with this season’s nine must haves:


Get your back to school wardrobe in gear with the first must have, a bussin leather motorcycle jacket. We’re talking faux leather here, natch. Not only will this zippered, belted, snapped beauty glow up any look you have, it’ll also be your major go-to when you’re heading out for the night.

Windsor, Biker Chic Crop Jacket $49.90


Wilson’s Leather, Faux Leather Asymmetrical Zip Moto $145

Colette Rose, Moto Jacket $99.99



Speaking of keeping cozy when things get chilly. Our next must have takes our summer vest obsession and transforms it into full autumn acadamia energy. So many options, too! Grab a cropped version to wear over your tee or button down, wear a standard length tucked into your baggy jeans, or go for the extra long and wear it as a dress. The choices are up to you.

Sugarlips, Lennox Sweater Vest Dress $59

Versona, Lovely Duo Vest $34.99

Wilson Sporting Goods, Unisex Sweater Vest $46.80

(on Sale NOW from $78)



The 90s called and they want their jeans back. SNS. Not only are we not giving them back, we’re wearing them with just about everything we can think of.

Paige, Harper Ankle $259


Windsor, Glam Icon Rhinestone Lace Up Jeans $65.90

Aeropostale, 90s Super High-Waisted Curvy Jeans $64.95



Because the underwear-as-outerwear trend has officially evolved. And whether you decide to wear it solo, under a blazer or over top of your fav button down (for that perfect dark academia look), one thing for sure is these tops are definitely not looking to hide.

Windsor, Hook and Eye Corset Crop Top $29.90

Magda Butrym, Strapless Denim Corset Top $680

Windsor, Reigning Lace Crop Top $38.90



From hitting the town with your roomies, to date night with your S.O., having a great go-to going out dress is an absolute must. Whether you lean more towards classic or clubby, the end result should have your image living rent free in their heads all year.

Windsor, Glam Entrance Iridescent Rhinestone Bodycon Mini Dress $46.90

Boston Proper, Tie Waist Ruffle Detail Charmeuse Dress $129.50

Windsor, Shake ‘N’ Shimmer Glitter Ruffle Party Dress $45.90



Because when you’re always on the go, you need to be able to take it all with you. Let the Pocket Revolution begin!

Free People, Come And Get It Utility Pant $128

Windsor, Major Cutie Cargo Joggers $46.90

Aeropostale, Low-Rise Cargo Skater Jeans $64.95



Happy vibes yield healing energies. Even if you’re not feeling the stress, adding a super saturated explosion of bright beauty can make your whole day.

Windsor, Funky Fresh Swirl Mesh Crop Top $24.90


Smartwool, Thermal Merino Hoodie in Marmalade Floral $140

Versona, So Fetch Cardigan $39.99



An absolute staple piece that will serve you well for many semesters to come. Whether you choose to go for the classic, prefer it more cropped or desire unique detailing (raw hem, asymmetrical cuts, etc) your jean jacket is your forever BFF.

Windsor, Cute and Classic Cuffed Denim Jacket $32.90

Cato, Plus Size Stretch Denim Jacket $32.99

Joe’s Jeans, The Relaxed Jacket w/Raw Hem $158



At last we come to our number one. It’s astonishing how versatile this major multi-tasker can be. It’s an undergarment, a layer piece, a solo top, sleepwear…the list goes on. One thing is true – you can never have *just* one of these.

Windsor, Retro Street Style Tank Top $16.90

Alo Yoga, All Day Tank $54

Wild Fable, High-Neck Seamless Tank Top $10.20

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