How to Look Chic For Your 8 A.M. Class

Elle Fanning by Angelo Pennetta for  Vogue UK , June 2014

Elle Fanning by Angelo Pennetta for Vogue UK, June 2014

Now that it's September and school is back in session, I know that a lot of you are probably dealing with the dreaded 8 a.m. classes on your schedule for the semester. I know that when you wake up that early in college, you honestly just want to wear a giant sweatshirt and Nike shorts because just dragging yourself across campus feels like enough of a struggle without having to actually put together a look. Luckily, a lot of the best looks recently have included very comfortable trends like track pants, sneakers, and t-shirts thanks to the prominence of athleisure. 

Here's four ways to look and feel like a chic, fashion girl even on the most dreadfully tired mornings. 

White Tee, Wide-Leg Track Pants, White Sneakers, Leather Backpack

T-Shirt: Rag & Bone | Track Pants: Luisa Cerano (similar here) | Sneakers: Adidas | Bag: Barney's

This sporty, Gucci-inspired look is a great go-to for mornings. The wide-leg trouser is comfortable, yet a huge fashion staple with its red and white side stripe that mimicks the ever popular Gucci vibe. Pair it with a broken-in tee and a black leather backpack plus a pair of Stan Smiths. I'd go for the ones with the green detail as this will give you a bit of Parisian street style as well as completing the red, white, and green Gucci look. Finish the look with a gold earring and your favorite sunglasses.


Neutral Bomber Jacket, Neutral T-Shirt, Black Leggings, Black Nikes

Jacket: H&M | T-Shirt: Clare V. | Leggings: Nike | Sneakers: Vans

The bomber jacket trend isn't going anywhere just yet and it's comfortable, making it a great pick for a fall jacket. Rather than going the traditional army green or black route, try out a neutral toned bomber like this one from H&M and pair it with a similarly toned t-shirt. This will look perfect with a pair of comfortable black leggings and simple white Vans. 


Denim Jacket, Black Maxi Dress, High-Top Sneakers, Tote Bag

Jacket: J.Crew | Dress: The Row | Sneakers: Converse | Bag: Cuyana

This is a great transitional look that will take you from the outdoor warmth into the cold classroom. On your way to class, style this look by tying a denim jacket around the waist of a black, cotton maxi dress. If you get cold in class, simply drape it over your shoulders for a second chic look. To finish this off with a twist, I chose gray Converse high-tops and a matching leather tote bag rather than the traditional white and brown look. 


Cozy Cardigan, Silk Camisole, Black Leggings, Furry Sandals

Cardigan: L.L. Bean | Camisole: Cuyana | Leggings: River Island | Sandals: Qupid

Finally, this look is the closest thing to wearing actual pajamas to class which is exactly what we all want to do at eight in the morning. The majority of the look is very classic: a cozy, beige cardigan paired with a white silk camisole and black leggings. You could wear this with black Nikes or a pair of ballet flats for a more classic look, but to make it a bit more street style, try a pair of furry pool slides. Like I said, this is pretty close to wearing pajamas, a robe, and slippers!