10 Back-To-School Basics You Need In Your Wardrobe

Above: 10 back-to-school basics that you can pick up right now
Above: 10 back-to-school basics that you can pick up right now

You’re back to school and it’s time to hit the books hard core. When it comes to your on-campus wardrobe you’re likely wearing the same old see-through t-shirts, faded jeans and ratty gym clothes; if you have these items in your dorm room we’re here to tell you it’s time for an update. Peep 10 back-to-school basics you can buy right now to update your wardrobe for the new school year.

1. Jeans

If you still own a pair of baggy jeans from your days in high school toss them and look fresh to death with a pair of slim fitting jeans by Naked & Famous Denim. The Okayama Spirit jeans have a slim straight leg fit and are made from high quality Japanese denim. Buy now: Naked & Famous Denim Okayama Spirit Jeans, $198.

2. Basic Tee

Two shirts for the price of one, who can complain with that deal! Our favourite fast fashion retailer Joe Fresh has you covered if you’re balling on a budget with these affordable tees; plus they come in seven different colours. Buy now: Joe Fresh Men’s Jersey Tee (2), $14.

3. Jacket

Another affordable favourite from Joe Fresh’s fall fashion line-up is this black varsity jacket. Made from faux leather and polyester this is a great all around piece that can be worn to class or to the pub. Buy now: Joe Fresh Men’s Varsity Jacket, $249.

4. and 5. Suit

While t-shirt and jeans may be your wardrobe M.O. for the school year having a two-piece suit in your closet is essential if you need to hit up a networking event or have a last minute job interview. This dark blue suit from Zara will fit your budget. Buy now: Zara Dark Blue Suit, Blazer $169 and Trousers $79.90.

6. Dress Shoes

You can always use a new pair of black shoes. These derbies by British designer Paul Smith is crafted from fine Italian leather to an eye blinding shine. Buy now: Paul Smith Robin Leather Derby, $335 USD.

7. and 8. Sweats

When you’re running late for class there’s nothing like a pair of good old sweats to that you can quickly don when you’re now the go. Buy now: Gap Lived-in Fleece Pants, $44.95; Hoodie $54.95.

9. Run For It

Keep off the “frosh 15” in your first, second, third and fourth year of school by hitting the gym on the regular with New Balance’s Fresh Foam 80. These men’s cross trainers give serious cushioning evening during your toughest workouts thanks to its high-tech midsole made from a single piece of foam. Buy now: New Balance Fresh Foam 80, $129.99.

10. Backpack

This classic backpack from Old Navy combines style and durability with its canvas outer, sturdy faux leather bottom and padded shoulder straps. Buy now: Old Navy Men’s Canvas Backpacks, $32.94.

Kimberly Lyn

Kimberly Lyn

Kimberly Lyn is a freelance writer based in Toronto. Her worked has appeared on StyleList Canada, 29 Secrets and GlobalNews.ca. She is also founder of the highly successful fashion blog The Souls of My Shoes, where she provides insights and thoughts on this world with a concentration on footwear. Find her at www.thesoulsofmyshoes.com and on Twitter @kimberly_lyn.

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