With social media looming over everyone’s shoulders it’s hard not to succumb to its influence. The images they project are extremely unrealistic, yet we try so hard to emulate them. Nowadays, it’s a challenge to find your own style without feeling as though you’re coming up short. These societal ideals and “goals” seem to shape our way of thinking and distort our ideas of what real people look like. Real style is about being comfortable in your own skin.

So take a break from Instagram and re-think the way you look at style. Instead of looking up to mainstream trends and overly edited images, take inspiration from real people and real fashion. What you wear is a reflection of who you are and the right outfit can change your whole mood, making you feel good. If you’re lacking inspiration or simply can’t find any outfits, we’ve got you covered. Here are 7 looks on actual college students that’ll be sure to inspire you and won’t leave you looking like everyone else.

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Don’t be afraid to add some color to your outfits. As cool as an all black outfit may look adding hints of color is the way to go. Esther adds a pair of Purple Dr.martens and a red patch on her jean jacket to brighten up her look. Adding color however doesn’t take away from the edginess of her outfit. By adding patches or distressing a jean jacket you can simply throw it on and make any outfit simply cool.

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Take a minimalistic approach, by pairing a simple knit sweater with a pair of jeans. Jasmine added a beige shoulder bag to add a touch of color to her outfit and paired it with a matching pair of beige shoes. Without any patterns or designs Jasmines outfit is perfectly casual and contemporary. A pair of jeans and a knit sweater are a quick go to and an easy outfit to re-create.

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Patterns can be tough to pair with but sticking to a color theme is the best way to do so. Najee paired a red and navy patterned top with navy jean shorts and red converse. Adding colors to your outfits brings attention to you and brightens up your overall look.

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A high waisted denim skirt with an off the shoulder top is a simple outfit that’s perfect for school. It’s easy to throw on if you’re in a rush and still look completely put together. Stick to simple colors such as white and black and add a denim skirt or jacket for a casual and contemporary look this fall.

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A dress is the quickest and easiest way to make an effortless yet stylish outfit. You can dress it up or dress it down simply by adding accessories. Instead of spending up to half an hour looking for an outfit in the morning, take cue from this outfit and simply slip on a dress and add a pair of flats. You’ll be ready to go in minutes.

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High waisted boyfriend jeans are a perfect staple to include into your closet this fall. Add a simple t-shirt and dress it up with a choker for a cooler and more laid-back look. If your closet is filled with darker toned clothing, incorporate a pair of white sneakers like Gabby did to brighten the outfit.

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Leather jackets are a must have item. They’re easy to pair with and add an edge to any outfit. By layering different textures and colors you’re not only keeping warm for fall, but also making a simple outfit look more intricate than it really is.

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