I may have graduated from college in 2020, but getting ready for going back to school is still fresh on my mind. It might be the fact that I lost half of my senior year to online schooling or that there's just an immense amount of nostalgic joy in picking out a new pair of shoes for class. I think I'll leave it to the latter. My college experience wasn't your "average" one. I went to fashion school in NYC but commuted, so I really had to balance style and comfort. This meant doing things like pairing dresses with sneakers, opting for leggings 99% of the time, and curating a solid selection of basics.
While I may not be thinking about textbooks, I can't help but peruse the new-arrivals sections for stylish basics, versatile shoes, and carryall bags that could put Mary Poppins to shame. Below, take a look at my fashion editor–approved back-to-school shopping list. From knit tanks to on-trend cowboy boots, there are a whole lot of wardrobe essentials in this roundup. Despite what your campus looks like this fall, you're going to want to take a look at the list of items I put together. Consider it your guide to your most stylish semester yet.