Trend Translator: Back-To-College Fashion

UNT, SMU, and TCU start classes in style

Abby Gregory, NBCDFW

UNT, SMU, and TCU kicked off their fall semesters this week, but who cares about classes starting? Let's talk about what really matters -- who's wearing what.

Some major trends could be seen on all three campuses: preppy stripes, late summer shorts in all lengths, transitional dresses, and boho-inspired everything ruled the first-week looks. (Check out photos of the looks in our gallery below)

UNT girls know just how to do shorts this time of year. The best style spotted was a white, distressed denim pair that cuffed about mid-thigh. Long enough to be perfect for the transition to fall but short enough to be on-trend. The rougher denim was the perfect balance for her Sperry topsiders and striped tee; it kept the look casually edgy.

SMU's style stars were all about dresses and bohemian glam. My favorites were a long, creamy lace dress and a simple, short-sleeved, navy shift dress. Both evoked different eras of Ali McGraw. Plus, both looks stayed campus-ready with flip flops and over-sized bags.

TCU did colors and truly transitional pieces better than the rest. Red -- a huge color for fall -- is already being seen everywhere. Standout pieces included: a red, feather-weight cardi and red, skinny jeans. An Ikat-print skirt with shades of maroon looked perfectly on-trend, too -- wear it now with a tee and flats and, later, with tights and boots. Alicia Atwood, owner of the adorable skirt, said, "I picked it out in two secs and wore it because I hadn't worn it at TCU before; so, it's like, it's new!"

Check back tomorrow for more co-ed style as we breakdown the hot accessories trends on each campus.

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