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12 Real-Girl Back-to-School Essentials

Sep 1 2014 - 3:00am

Best part about back-to-school season? The shopping! SOREL agrees, which is why we partnered with the brand on this post.

That's right, kids. It's time to start shopping for the perfect Fall trends for making the first day of school your most stylish of the year. And all of these looks are from real girls who know how to shop. Along with looking pulled together, these trends are fitting for hitting the school scene, leaving you feeling stylish while being the most studious on campus.

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The Perfect Skinnies

Skinny jeans are still a staple this Fall, but adding the perfect wear and tear [2] keeps them totally on trend. Double check fit for comfort and rise — because you want to be able to sit through classes without needing to adjust. Opting for skinnies with just a bit of spandex, or jeggings, which are also a great back-to-school wardrobe addition.

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A Big-Girl Bag

A backpack might be a must have, but splurging on a designer bag is a smart way to give the way you carry your books an upgrade. Go with a larger size so you can fit everything you need for heading to school — along, of course, with all your beauty essentials. And the right bag will stand the test of time, making it an item that complements any outfit for years to come.

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Pretty in Pink

Pastels are still enjoying the spotlight even as we head into Fall. Adding pops of fresh color gives a feminine touch to whatever you're wearing. And a collection of floral or light-hued scarves is a fun way to add a bit of brightness to any dreary day — and make the white tee and jeans you wore the other day look like a whole new outfit.

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Casual Dresses

There's something about heading back to school that brings out everyone's preppy side, which is why we love this casual look. Fitted cotton frocks or even flowing maxis paired with sandals or sneakers will get you to class on time.

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Mix-and-Match Neutrals

Late-night studying can lead to bleary-eyed mornings, so having a closet filled with neutrals that work together is a smart way to make getting dressed easier. Pair with similar-hued accessories, or add a pop of color — like strappy red heels.

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A Little Grunge

Plaid is making a major comeback this Fall, adding a bit of '90s grunge to any outfit. And pairing with something feminine, like a sparkling crop top, is so stylish. Pick up a flannel top, a scarf, or even plaid jeans for a too-cool-for-school look.

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Ankle Booties

Comfort is key when heading back to school, so investing in a pair of ankle boots is a must. They look adorable with skinny jeans and skirts or even poking out from under wide-legged pants.

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Even when you're running late, tossing on a statement necklace makes a t-shirt and jeans look fabulous. Having a collection of baubles right by your door makes it so easy to grab and dash.

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Sporty Chic

Look like you own the campus with sporty essentials, such as a denim shirt, fitted cotton shorts, a cute fedora, and sporty sneakers or sandals. It's a look that works any time of day — and lets you hit the campus in style (and not in your cozy yoga pants).

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Kitschy Prints

From cute owls to soaring unicorns, kitschy prints are having a moment. Head to your local thrift store to hunt for classic prints, or ones that are just a bit unique, for a cozy look that's right on trend.

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A Leather Jacket

Yes, it's an investment, but a leather jacket goes with everything in your back-to-school wardrobe. And if you're not into wearing the real deal, there are tons of faux styles that look just as good.

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It might not be snowing yet, but a pair of cute boots and a cozy-warm jacket should be on your shopping list if your campus turns into a Winter wonderland. Ditch bulky jackets and boots, and opt for formfitting styles that look great when layered.

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More From SOREL

Share your back-to-campus style with SOREL [15]. We want to see what you're wearing to class, in your dorm, or out on the town. Share on Instagram or Twitter with #SORELStyleContest [16], and you could win a trip to NYC for Teen Vogue Fashion U or a $250 shopping spree and SORELs.

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