Study in Style | Fashion

Fall fashion finds to help you Study in Style!

Saying goodbye to summer is not an easy thing, but what makes for a better transition is looking forward to an exciting new season of style. From chunky knits to ’90s fashion remixes, we have it all broken down so can explore what trends will make it into your closet this season.

Layer like a pro

If there is one thing that is consistent about Autumn weather it is the drop in temperature. The shacket has been popular for the past couple of years and it looks like it isn’t going anywhere this year! For good reason, this casual shirt/jacket (hence the name shacket) is the perfect weather transition piece to toss on for a casual effortless look. Plenty of selection for this wardrobe staple around Hillside Centre if you are looking to add this to your Fall style.

Shacket | Ricki's
Shacket | Ricki’s

Chilly mornings and warm afternoons mean that layering is essential to keeping cool and not sweating more than you do at the gym. Use a denim jacket as an underlay for a warmer coat. Once the afternoon sun starts to shine, ditch the warm coat, grab the sunnies and rock your denim.

Can an individual really have too many scarves when it comes to the layering season? We think not! Just Cozy has a wide selection of patterns and styles so why stop at just one? Start your collection with the aptly named Victoria. Soft blues with blush pinks will bring back memories of summer patios, ocean views, and rosé afternoons.

A major bonus is that scarves also provide double duty as a light lap blanket to keep you warm into those late-night work or study sessions.

Need a refresher on how many ways to style your scarf? Here’s a great video tutorial with simple step-by-step instructions.

Sweater Weather

Cardigan | Marshalls

Once we are formally into cooler weather, layers can be replaced with consistent warmth from cozy sweaters. Whatever your personal style, there is a sweater to match it! From crop to oversized the knit game has never been so broad.

Sweater Vest | Cleo
Sweater Vest | Cleo

Cable knit is firmly planting its fashion roots for the season and we are on board with this. Something about seeing a chunky cable knit sweater makes us instantly start thinking we need a Tofino or Whister escape weekend; complete with a hot beverage, roaring fire, and a good book.

If your space runs on the warmer side, a full sweater may be too hot to handle for you. Enter the sweater vest. While the mere mention of sweater-vests we conjure up memories of Matthew Perry, don’t be quick to judge! This style can ooze sophistication. Pair it with wide-leg trousers and flats like we see here from Cleo and you are ready for a power presentation look.

Dress for Success

Vegan Leather Skirt | Marshalls

We have always been a fan of capsule wardrobes. The idea of having a closet filled with interchangeable items that you can mix and match to create the look you want is not only efficient it is cost-effective. Choose a few select pieces that can take you from office or school to after-hours wind-down. This vegan leather skirt from Marshall’s is a great example. Throw on your denim jacket with a vintage-style tee and you can instantly transform this into a rock-n-roll weekend edgier style.


Just when we start to embrace the fact that our skinny jeans may not be a lifetime denim commitment, we hear rumblings that high rise has some competition with low-rise sneaking its way onto campus’ across the country.

Denim | Below the Belt
Denim | Below the Belt

Since, we are all aware of the *cough, cough* style hazards that come with low-rise jeans, we welcome a loose high rise for one more season. The denim selection has balanced out with the mom-jean morphing into options that include looser cuts with a slight high rise and are flattering to all body types. These ones from Below the Belt are the perfect example of just that. With that lived-in look and boyfriend-style shape, these are an absolute Fall-staple.

Converse Sneakers | Boathouse
Converse Sneakers | Boathouse

Rise to the Occasion

The platform sneaker appears to be extending its fashion moment into Fall; making jeans not the only high rise in the style game. You will appreciate the couple extra inches this trend throws at you as the platform creates the illusion of longer legs.

Added bonus is that they would look amazing with your shacket or layered denim jacket. These platform Converse from Boathouse complete that effortless fashion statement!

While sneakers may work for the start of the season, we know that the rain is on its way. While Hunter rain boots continue to dominate the wet weather category. brands like UGG are offering alternatives to the classic wellie look. With a rainy season that is more than a day or two we suggest having a couple different styles in the closet to avoid you feeling like you are throwing on your exterior uniform each morning.

The ’90s remix

Combat Boot | Ronsons
Combat Boot | Ronsons

The 80s had their turn and now the 90s-influenced fashion is moving in. Corduroy, Plaids, checkers, and really any pattern you can picture Gwen Stefani wearing is must-have for the season.

Combat boots are the perfect pairing for any look. Make a real statement by choosing an unconventional color that will turn heads. We are obsessed with these teal blue ones from Ronsons.

If you want to incorporate the season’s hottest runway look, just ensure that if you were around for the real 90s fashion, proceed with caution to avoid looking like that flannel button-down shirt and Nirvana tee has never left your closet. Tips for how to do this are to swap out the combat boot for something more current on-trend like the platform sneaker.

Study in Style

Fashion can aid in setting the right mood from cozy comfy clothes that let you study into the wee hours, to presentation-power outfits that will elevate your confidence. Have fun with your closet this season and keep the styles hot even as the temps cool.

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