9 Back-to-School Items We're Buying From H&M

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You know that giddy, overwhelmingly excited feeling you got when your mom scheduled your annual back-to-school shopping trip back in the day? Us too, and we've got good news if you're looking to recapture it: Whether you're heading back to university in the fall or just want to participate in a new-season fashion binge (no one shall be left out!), look no further than H&M's Divided Collection.

As Julia Friedman (a fashion blogger who happens to be one of our favorite models) puts it, "Who doesn't like a wardrobe refresh?!" As a student at Parsons in NYC (famous alumni include Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford), Friedman is a trusted resource on the subject of back-to-school shopping. And when your campus is located in Greenwich Village, the new semester definitely calls for a slew of fresh casual-cool looks that will carry you from class to café to whatever else the city has in store.

H&M fall collection

The pieces she's planning to wear on repeat? A vintage-inspired logo tee, a plaid miniskirt, and a '90s-inspired denim jacket. Friedman's go-to look also mixes and matches to perfection—she'll also be wearing the T-shirt with leather pants, the skirt with all her favorite fall sweaters, and the denim jacket with (literally) everything. Shop her outfit below, and all the other staples that will transition you into the season ahead.

"I don't like spending more than $100 on basic tee shirts," Friedman tells us, and we couldn't agree more. Get that coveted casual '90s vibe for (much) less with this flawless logo tee.

Denim jackets are a chameleon piece: They make everything from dresses to sweatpants look so much cooler.

Plaid pieces were a hot-ticket item last fall, and the trend is still a major thing. We're already stocking up on new options to wear both now and when PSL season hits. Consider this skirt the fashion-girl version of your old private school uniform, except you'll want to wear this one off-campus too.

Oh, you want even more plaid? We vote really going for it by layering on this coat for a modern suiting look (with some fresh white sneakers, for sure).

If you don't already know that a pair of skinny jeans will save you on all of those "I have five minutes to get ready" kind of mornings, prepare to live by this rule from here on out.

Button-downs are—and will always be—a closet staple (feel free to hold us to statement). Since you likely already own a classic white version, swap this blue striped one into your rotation. Wear it with denim, or with other prints like leopard and gingham.

Summer's polka-dot trend is carrying right on through fall, and this $5 crop top is well worth taking for a spin with your high-waisted trousers du jour.

Channel your inner Sporty Spice with this striped T-shirt dress (just layer a turtleneck underneath come fall).

If your sneaker collection is a sea of white and black pairs, these fresh red kicks have your name written all over them.

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