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7 Fall Fashion Trends on Campus For Students to Embrace

Wondering what to wear during falltime? This list should help you navigate what to buy and pull out of your closet.
Cecilia Acosta
(Design by Cecilia Acosta | The Daily Utah Chronicle)


As fall descends upon us, so does another season of trends. So, what are students going to be wearing this fall? Based on observations and a handful of brief conversations, the following is a list of pieces and styles that look to be popular additions to anyone’s fall closet. 

1. Sweaters

A tale as old as time is when the weather cools down and the leaves start changing color, the sweaters are pulled out. 

Emblematic of recent trends embracing baggy, oversized clothing and vintage looks, big sweaters with ’80s and ’70s style patterns are strutting their way onto campus this fall. Add a turtleneck or button underneath and you’ve got a timeless, trendy look. 

2. Loafers and Clogs

Birkenstock’s Boston clogs have taken the world by storm. They come in an array of earth-toned colors, meaning they can be paired with almost any outfit. Boston clogs, fun socks and cuffed pants have become a classic combo you can find almost anywhere you look. 

The rise of clogs is not limited to Birkenstock’s line. Loafers and clogs of almost any variety are finding their way into closets across campus. Chunky loafers paired with a skirt and small sunglasses or under a pair of baggy jeans create a casual, chic look. Easily styled up or down, loafers and clogs have become a trendy, versatile shoe to own. 

3. Denim Skirts

While maxi skirts as a whole have been gaining popularity, nothing quite caught the attention that denim maxi skirts have. They can be paired with boots and a small pair of sunglasses or with an oversized graphic tee. These denim skirts have proved to be versatile statement pieces that can be molded to fit a range of styles. 

4. Jorts

Baggy jorts swept through the summer, and it looks like they’re having their moment this fall too. While the weather still permits, jorts are being styled with vests, graphic tees, button ups and sweatshirts. Jorts give almost any outfit a relaxed, casual look.

5. Camo 

We might not have seen it coming, but camo is making a comeback. Cargo pants or baggy t-shirts and long sleeves printed with muddy green camo are making their way to outfits across campus. Catch camo paired with a bright beanie or a cool pair of sneakers. 

6. Vests

Vests of all kinds, from fleece to denim to cotton, are sure to be a fall staple this year. A plain fleece vest over a hoodie is a great way to stay warm with a little bit of extra flair. Denim vests embellished with patches or embroidery can add an artsy look to whatever outfit you’re wearing.

Vests cut from a button-up shirt or crocheted from colorful yarns create a great statement piece. Their versatility and practicality are unmatched. Vests come in so many ways, there’s no one who wouldn’t benefit from having a vest or two of their own. 

7. DIY

Making your clothes truly your own is always something to aspire to. Now more than ever people are doing it themselves with a pair of scissors, a sewing machine and embroidery floss.

As thrifting grew in popularity, so did the desire to make clothes shopping eco-friendly and give old pieces a second life. Not only is upcycling your own clothes sustainable, but it’s also a great way to express creativity.

Pants with embroidered pockets, shirts with hand-cut necklines, jackets with hand-sewn patches and tops and bottoms that have been cropped by hand are just a few of the ways individuality is being embraced. What better way to feel good about the clothes you are wearing than to pour your own creativity into them?


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About the Contributors
Josi Hinds, Arts Writer
Josi Hinds is in her second year at the University of Utah, majoring in communications with a minor in both gender studies and Spanish (for now). She grew up in Bozeman, Montana, and moved to Salt Lake in hopes of venturing out in the world and meeting new people. She joined the Chronicle out of a love for writing and meeting new people, and she hopes to share stories that broaden both her and others' perspective on the world
Cecilia Acosta, Designer
Cecilia is excited to be at the University of Utah studying Graphic Design and Animation. She's grateful to be a part of a team of such creative individuals here at the Chronicle. Although originally from Mesa, Arizona, she has been loving the gorgeous scenery, snowy winters, and fun activities that Utah has to offer. Besides art and design, she also enjoys hiking, boba tea, dancing, and journaling.

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