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It’s no secret that Boston College students love to dress up for class. While you can typically spot anything from baggy sweatpants to pajama bottoms on any other college campus, the first week of classes at BC means dressing to impress and donning your sartorial best.

While other students were busy signing up for different clubs at the Student Activities Fair, we scouted out some of BC’s most eclectic looks with our photographer in tow. Beyond all of the Sperrys and Vineyard Vines, we spotted leather skirts, printed dresses, and some of the most covetable sneakers we’ve ever seen. And while classes may already be in session, that doesn’t mean summer weather is ready to give up just yet. With temperatures ranging anywhere from the low 90s to the high 70s this week, cycle through your summer wardrobe now because it might be the last time your legs see the light of day until May.


 

Athleisure

Unless you’ve been living underneath a rock for the last year and a half, you’ve witnessed athleisure take the fashion world (and your Instagram feed) by storm. With brands like Calvin Klein, Nike, and Adidas (we’ve been on the waiting list for a pair of Adidas Stan Smiths for months) dominating street style, gym-ready looks aren’t just for the gym anymore. The trend is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon, and we aren’t sure we want it to.

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Faizan Javed, CSOM ’17

Personal style: “hip-hop, urban influence, and Jersey City”
Closet staple he couldn’t live without: Joggers
Fashion inspiration: Ian Eastwood or Chris Brown


 

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Emmanuel Laguerre, WCAS ’18

Personal style: “fresh and exclusive”
Closet staple he couldn’t live without: Air Jordans
Fashion inspiration: Michael Jordan


Mini Skirts

Slip into your favorite mini skirt one last time, because come February, you’ll be begging to trade in your Canadian Goose jacket for something with a higher hemline. With seventies-inspired collections sweeping the catwalks last spring, it comes as no surprise that this season’s hottest skirt trend is the snap-front skirt. We’ve seen it on the streets, from light wash denim to suede, and on the runway (see: Louis Vuitton.) The A-line skirt is the silhouette staple for fall, but if you tend to lean toward the more conservative side, flowy maxi skirts have also made a major comeback this season.

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Emily Toto, MCAS ’19

Personal style: “Simple and relaxed”
Closet staple she couldn’t live without: Nike Air Force 1
Fashion inspiration: Gigi Hadid


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Kate Nathan, MCAS ’19

Personal style: “Comfortable, tomboy, utilitarian”
Closet staple she couldn’t live without: Leather jacket
Fashion inspiration: Alexa Chung


Prints and Patterns

When it comes to fashion, it’s hard not to look to the runways for some major style inspiration. If you were paying any attention during Paris Fashion Week in the spring, it should come as no surprise that prints have made it into our fall wardrobes. From houndstooth to gingham, there’s no denying that basics are taking a back seat to prints and patterns. While the trend might seem daunting to master at first, the key is sticking to a single color palette, pairing prints with neutrals, and utilizing different textures and layers. With the temperatures varying this time of year from a blustery fall chill to summery heat waves, it might not be a bad idea after all to layer up for the in-between weather.

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Alyssa Marques, MCAS ’17

Personal style: “alternative”
Closet staple she couldn’t live without: Grey Doc Martens
Fashion inspiration: Halsey


 

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Madeleine De’Angelo, MCAS ’19

Personal style: “I love dresses and menswear in the winter”
Closet staple she couldn’t live without: little black dress
Fashion inspiration: Iris Apfel


 

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Kyle Hazlewood, CSOM ’19

Personal style: “Mix of old and modern”
Closet staple he couldn’t live without: patterned pants
Fashion inspiration: A$AP Rocky and Luka Sabbat

Natasha Murcia, MCAS ’19

Personal style: “Edgy. I like pieces that are super different and styling patterns together. I don’t like a lot of matching clothes.”
Closet staple she couldn’t live without: Black booties
Fashion inspiration: Dia Mia and her brother

Featured Image by Breck Wills / Heights Illustration

Photography by Daniella Fasciano / Heights Editor