By Marissa Alioto
Nerves and excitement typically characterize the summer before freshman year, but why not tip the scales toward excitement? “How?” you ask. Why, by buying the cutest, coziest, and most flattering college paraphernalia you can find, of course. Don’t just limit yourself to what’s in the campus store. We’ve gathered a list of brands with school spirit in stock. Now step away from the shapeless hoodie…
Click through the slideshow below for five adorable college apparel options, then head over to Her Campus to read the rest!
<a href="http://www.fanatics.com/COLLEGE_Alabama_Crimson_Tide/Alabama_Crimson_Tide_Ladies_Ash_Study_Hall_Long_Sleeve_Cardigan" target="_hplink">Fanatics' cardigan</a> ($39.95) is considered classic college style--and with good reason. You'll be grateful for this traditional wardrobe piece to add layers when the first chills of autumn set in, or when you take the "cozy but cute" approach to studying in the library. This type of piece looks best over jeans and a tank, but you can play with what you put underneath. One of your lacy summer tees or a white polo would look equally as nice. Don't forget your glasses!
You may fall into the category of girl that likes to dress up for class, or feel like an upgrade from your casual high school uniform of jeans and a tee; however, there are multiple ways to look both spirited and polished. A <a href="http://www.tailgateclothing.com/collections/women-college/products/notre-dame-irish-t-shirt-womens" target="_hplink">college t-shirt </a>($34) doesn't have to downgrade your style. Dress it up with a great fitting pair of khakis and ribbon belt, or go for gold with a delicate headband ($22), like <a href="http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/jewelryaccessories-new/25461633.jsp" target="_hplink">this one</a> from Anthropologie.
Victoria's Secret PINK
PINK is known for putting their own twist on basic items, and <a href="http://www.victoriassecret.com/pink/university-of-kentucky/university-of-kentucky-campus-short-victorias-secret-pink?ProductID=61577&cm_mmc=CA-_-Shopzilla-_-PINK LOUNGE-_-WU-291317" target="_hplink">these shorts</a> ($26.50) are no exception with their leopard print side panels. When you need an extra push to get to the gym in the rain, or roll out of bed for that Pilates class, the thought of donning PINK's spirited workout shorts can't help but be a motivator.
Victoria's Secret PINK
These <a href="http://www.victoriassecret.com/pink/west-virginia-university/west-virginia-university-yoga-crop-legging-victorias-secret-pink?ProductID=61605&CatalogueType=OLS" target="_hplink">yoga pants</a> ($36.50) are great for curling up with Netflix or, you know, actual yoga. Yoga pants get a bad rap for being an ill-disguised attempt to show off one's figure, but who could hate on so much campus pride? Besides, if you've got it, flaunt it, am I right?
You know that you can rely on American Eagle for their bootleg jeans, floral sundresses, and those adorable winter hats that they crank out like clockwork. Now imagine all of the brand's goodness channeled into collegiate gear. This <a href="http://www.ae.com/web/browse/product.jsp?productId=2458_5282_700&catId=cat5110008&bundleCatId=cat5080112" target="_hplink">Vintage Raglan Popover </a>($34.99) is made for lounging--or brunching. Relaxed and already perfectly worn, the pastel piece is a perfect way to show some school spirit.