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Style Is in Session: Back-to-School Fashion Must-Haves

As summer vacation winds down, it's time to sharpen your pencils and take note of your wardrobe needs. But don't stress yourself out if you didn't budget for a major shopping spree. We've taken the liberty of putting together a list of must-have items to make sure your back-to-school fashion scores an A+ this fall.

Fur Coat

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Beat fall's chilly weather in serious fuzzy style with a fur jacket—faux, of course. Honestly, any fur is awesome in our book—scarves, vests or coats. If you're already a major fur fan, try this runway-inspired patchwork fur jacket worn my Aimee of Song of Style.

Photo: Song of Style

Oversized Knits

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We love when style and comfort collide. Get cozy in the classroom with oversized knits, like this sweater worn by Cara Loren. Try a V-neck sweater with leggings or an oversized cardigan with jeans and boots. The best thing about this trend is that anything can be oversized. (All you need to do is go up a size.) Don't forget your beanie!

Photo: Cara Loren

Vibrant Colors

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After months of spring and summer brights, we're ready for fall's darker hues, but that doesn't mean we're done with vibrant shades entirely. Neons and pastels will be hanging on this fall and winter. Invest in colorful sweaters, coats and cold-weather gear to liven up your darker looks. Take a style lesson from Vera of Bittersweet Colours. She knows what we're talking about.

Photo: Bittersweet Colours

Tote Bag

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A tote bag is vital to carry books, keys, snacks and other essentials to get you through your school day. A minimalist tote looks super luxe. Invest in a simple cognac or black leather tote like this one Crystalin Marie carries.

Photo: Crystalin Marie

Wrap Coat

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Cover up in this season's trendiest coat: the wrap coat. Belted coats are comfy, cozy and also very figure-flattering. Helena of Brooklyn Blonde beats the cold in a soft, oversized jacket by Tahari. This style of coat works for both casual and formal occasions.

Photo: Brooklyn Blonde

Trendy Sneakers

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Back-to-school means a lot of walking around campus, so a comfortable pair of sneakers is a must buy. Pick a stylish pair you can wear with shorts, dresses or jeans. Try a pair of Converse as Julie of Sincerely Jules did. You'll find other classic kicks from Keds or Vans.

Photo: Sincerely Jules

Skin-Showing Sheer

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Sheer may not be appropriate for class, but it's perfect for weekend fun. We love how Anouska Proetta Brandon wears these sheer pants. But if you'd prefer more coverage on the bottom half, there are plenty of other ways to wear sheer tops, skirts or dresses. The secret to wearing sheer is layering. Make sure to cover appropriately.

Photo: Anouska Proetta Brandon

Field Jacket

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A back-to-school wardrobe needs a collection of jackets. Jackets are game changers that can be worn over T-shirts, blouses, dresses and more. They can completely rework an outfit. We think this field jacket worn by Emily of Cupcakes & Cashmere is an essential.

Photo: Cupcakes & Cashmere

Felt Hat

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Courtney of the blog Always Rooney is wearing one of our favorite fall accessories: a felt hat. Felt hats are an inexpensive way to set you apart from other fashion mavens. A felt hat can be worn with almost any day-to-day outfit, but our favorite look is pairing a felt hat with a dress and booties.

Photo: Always Rooney


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Booties are still at the top of our must-have list after several seasons. Our top pick for back-to-school is a pair of casual booties like these that Natalia of Trendy Taste wears. They are perfect for walking to class and ideal for weekend activities.

Photo: Trendy Taste

Ankle Jeans

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Every girl—and I mean every girl—needs a pair of ankle skinny jeans like these worn by Ashley of the blog Pursuit of Shoes. Because of the slim hem, they're perfect with heels or booties. Skinny jeans are a no-brainer for back to school because you can wear them everywhere.

Photo: Pursuit of Shoes


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Chambray can take a girl anywhere so you'd better believe it's back for another season. Alexandra of Lovely Pepa proves just how cool chambray can be with this great top. There's something blue for everyone, including chambray jackets and to skirts and pants. Try adding chambray pieces to your fall looks, or go for a full-on chambray look.

Photo: Lovely Pepa

Leather Jacket

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Fall is synonymous with classic luxe leather in pants and jackets—and even detailing, so be sure to put a leather moto jacket on your back-to-school shopping list. Liz of Late Afternoon shows us just why everyone needs one: It can be thrown over any outfit. This jacket is sure to be your best friend for class or date night.

Photo: Late Afternoon

Statement Clutch

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A statement clutch is the It bag for back-to-school fashion. Stand out on the weekends with a statement clutch. We love this Pow clutch styled by Cortnie, blogger at Style Lust Pages. An embellished or print clutch will add an eye-catching "pow" to any outfit.

Photo: Style Lust Pages

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