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10 Things You Need to Go Back to School in Style!

10 Trends for Back to School 2021 - Blog Header with photos of 7 Back to School style photos

After a year-long hiatus, back to school season is, well, back! To make up for the time we all spent behind screens instead of showing off outfits IRL, you’re probably searching the web for stylish pieces to up your fall-semester fashion game. Look no further than Buffalo Exchange! To expedite your back to school shopping, we’ve compiled a list of must-have trends. Scroll through for a crash course in the pieces you’ll need in your closet this fall. 

Bright Sweaters

Make yourself stand out from the crowd (and make it easier for your friends to spot you in the library!) in colorful pullovers.

Bright green Ralph Lauren sweater

Two sweaters are shown. One is a vintage yellow 'Peanuts Charlie Brown' and the other is bright orange cable knit.

Colorful sweaters with intarsia stitching that reads "BRUTAL" and "DREAM"

Sweater Vests

Speaking of sweaters, their sleeveless cousins are so nice, we had to write about them twice. Wear them alone with your favorite pair of bermuda shorts while the weather’s still warm and then layer up with a long-sleeve tee or button up and jeans as the temps begin to cool.

Argyle sweater vest styled with turtleneck underneath and a pleated skirt Sweater vest styled with t-shirt underneath, trackpants and beanie. Plaid pleated skirt styled with cropped green t-shirt and bucket hat Argyle sweater vest styled with navy blue shorts and black sneakers

Vintage Tees 

Nothing says “effortlessly cool” like a vintage band or pop-culture tee. Get the conversation started with your new classmates in a unique T-shirt. When they ask where you found it, you can say “Buffalo Exchange!”

Vintage graphic tee styled with bright blue cargo pants Vintage Nirvana 'Heart Shaped Box' orchid t shirt Jimi Hendrix t shirt

Jumpsuits and Overalls

Nothing says “running late to class” like a chic one piece — dress it up or down depending on the day’s itinerary!

Carhartt tan overalls with plaid button down shirt Silk navy blue jumpsuit with silver star embroidery Denim overalls styled with white t-shirts and sneakers

Printed Pants

Who says that “going-out” tops get to have all the fun? Bring the party with fun patterned and printed pants.

Brown checkered pants styled with cropped brown polo green and beige swirl-patterned pants styled with mesh top and platform sneakers primary color palette jumpsuit and checkered pants

Pleated Skirts

This preppy trend is surprisingly versatile. Play it cool with a solid color or go all out with a punk-inspired take on traditional plaid!

lavender pleated skirt white pleated skirt styled with green paisley blouse Orange pleated skirt and vinyl moto jacket Plaid skirts styled with vintage Harley Davidson t-shirts

Midi Dresses

Hemlines rise and fall, but the midi dress is forever (and they’re just as easy to wear as those jumpsuits and overalls we mentioned earlier!)

Leopard print midi dress styled over jeans and mules Floral midi dress House of Sunny green dress styled with white Buffalo London platform sneakers

Denim

No back to school list is complete without denim! We’ve seen an explosion of denim trends this year, from the return of low rise to a rekindled love of 90s flares. Experiment with different cuts and washes to find your signature style!

bleached denim paired with platform sneakers and cropped tank top Classic jeans paired with plain white t-shirt and brown chelsea boots Loose-fit denim styled with oversized layered t-shirts

Cool Sneakers 

When your lecture starts in 10 minutes and you’re all the way across campus, comfy sneakers in current silhouettes and colorways will go the distance all semester long.

Gucci sneakers styled with olive cargo pants and camo jacket Silver Golf Le Fleur x Converse sneakers Samurai Rising Vans slip-on sneakers Two pairs of converse Run Star Hike platform Sneakers

Platform Boots

If you haven’t already, consider these a closet staple. Platform boots work with pretty much everything, and they’re perfect for elevating even the most casual looks!

Black platform boots and loafers styled with 90s grunge-inspired pieces Platform white and black boots styled with red polka dot dress (left) and yellow skirt with plaid shirt (right) Taupe platform Jeffrey Campbell boots

Ready to press ‘purchase’ on that online shopping wishlist? Not so fast: instead of overspending online for pieces you’re not sure you’ll love, shop sustainably at Buffalo Exchange! As a secondhand shop, you can find the same styles you’re drawn to online at Buffalo without withdrawing your entire savings account — that’s better for your wallet and the environment. Plus, Buffalo Exchange has Student Discount Day on August 28th, where you can get 10% off of your entire purchase when you show your student ID! 

Need another reason to shop at Buffalo Exchange? Now through September 30th, sell your closet cleanout for your chance to win a $100 Buffalo Exchange gift card. Look at you, being such a savvy college student — your parents would be so proud!