NYU Trend Report: Fall Edition

What are the most fashionable students in the most fashionable city in the U.S. wearing?

An oversized blazer is an easy way to dress up a T-shirt and jeans. (Via Flickr)

‘Tis the season when one day you might sport a T-shirt with a pithy slogan like “I love cats,” and the next you’re forced to dig out your warm — albeit a little basic — Canada Goose. Read on to find out what NYU students are wearing in this time of temperature ambiguity.

Oversized Blazers
Business casual is the new casual.

Enhance your ensemble with a new oversized blazer from your favorite overpriced consignment store. Put one on to dress up your favorite T-shirt and denim combo, or if you’re especially courageous, button it up and wear one as a dress. Like red lipstick, there’s a version for everyone. From classic plaid to edgy leather, just take your pick.

Oversized Button-Up Shirts
That I-stole-this-from-my-boyfriend vibe.


Students seem to be quite enamored of oversized, shapeless silhouettes. To board this trend train, simply take a dress shirt several sizes too large and pair it with some handy dandy denim or some splendorous slacks. You can tuck it in to accentuate your waist, or you can tuck one side in for an effortless “I got dressed in such a hurry this morning but don’t I still look so chic?” look. If you really want to embrace that this shirt is not your size and you don’t care, just let it all loose.

Straight Leg Jeans
Yet another denim trend.

Yeah, yeah, I said flare jeans were in just a couple of months ago, but catch up. Straight leg jeans are the NYU student population’s latest denim darling. Lengthening and slimming with their high waistlines and — you guessed it — stick-straight structure, they’re just about as flattering as pants get.

I’ll wear your grandma’s clothes.

Cardigans had already been creeping into fall wardrobes, but Katie Holmes’ iconic cashmere cardigan and bra combo has inspired a full-on revolution. If you take a gander down University Place, there’s no doubt that you’ll see quite a few of these knitted garments oh-so-effortlessly falling off shoulders, casually unbuttoned to reveal the slightest hint of a lacy bralette. Conservative clothing turned sexy.

A version of this article appears in the Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, print edition. Email Carol Lee at [email protected]



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