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    26 Menswear Items That'll Help You Return To Campus In Style

    Because you've been wearing the same T-shirt and shorts for the past year.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Some may have been sent as samples, but all opinions and reviews are our own. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. packable puffer jacket you can fold into a little carrying bag which makes dressing for the weather easier than ever—no matter how drastically the temp fluctuates throughout the day.

    reviewer wearing the jacket while standing in a parking lot
    reviewer wearing the lightweight puffer

    Promising review: "This jacket is super light and warm and comfortable. It fits as expected and is true to size. There is room to layer underneath but the jacket does not look or feel oversized either. The fit looks very much like it does on the model. Perfect for Northern California winters. The style and material is attractive. Very happy with this jacket." —Memly

    Get it from Amazon for $43.54+ (available in S-XXL and 23 colors).

    2. long-sleeve waffle knit shirt with elastic cuffs and a straight hem that make it perfect for layering under a vest or flannel.

    reviewer taking a selfie while wearing the waffle knit in green
    different reviewer taking a selfie while wearing the waffle knit in grey

    Promising review: "These are great waffle-knit shirts. Fit is as expected. Have held up to all washes. I wear the sleeves pushed up frequently and the cuffs have even resisted stretching out so far." —sp1D55

    Get it from Amazon for $10.90+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and five colors).

    3. A versatile blazer that'll come to the rescue for last-minute dates, parties, internship interviews, and Halloween costumes. 

    front of model wearing the blazer over a t-shirt
    back of model wearing blazer

    Promising review: "Well done! Love the fabric. It's lightweight and elegant." —H&M Customer

    Get it from H&M for $59.99 (available in sizes 32R-48R and two colors).

    4. plaid flannel shirt that's just heavy enough—meaning you can rock it on its own or use it as an ultra-warm, cold-weather layer.

    reviewer wearing plaid flannel button-down shirt
    reviewer wearing the flannel buttoned up

    Promising review: "Rarely do I take the time to write reviews, however, when a product blows me away and pleasantly surprises me the way this shirt did, I have to. Back in the '90s I used to collect Eddie Bauer flannels and loved them and their quality. However, their quality has deteriorated and their shirts are not what they used to be (while the cost has risen). Flannels are supposed to be roomy and you shouldn't have to buy one or two sizes larger. Plus flannel should be thick and warm, not thin. Well this flannel addresses all those points and met the highest of expectations at an affordable price. Will be ordering more now." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in sizes S-5XL including tall sizes and 21 patterns/colors).

    5. Levi's jean jacket for those days when you wanna wear a graphic tee, but it's just a little too chilly out to bare your arms. Plus you can layer it up with a zip-up hoodie (like the one in 21).

    reviewer wearing the denim jacket buttoned up
    same reviewer wearing denim jacket unbuttoned with a graphic tee underneath

    Promising review: "Fifty years ago, this was the classic denim jacket for guys and it still is today. It is lightweight to wear in all seasons—over a T-shirt on a summer night, over a sweater on a winter afternoon. Many people want their denim jacket to fit like a snug, tight shirt. I prefer a looser fit to wear over a thick sweater. I like the loose/long fit so I wash the jacket in cold water and line dry." —alanhouston

    Get it from Amazon for $28.93+ (available in sizes XS-6XL including big & tall sizes and 42 colors/washes).

    6. Or, a sherpa-lined denim jacket for a cold-weather take on the classic cowboy staple. 🤠

    reviewer taking a selfie while wearing the jacket in green
    reviewer sitting in a car while wearing the jacket

    Promising review: "Good jacket for fall/winter. I would say this is an essential piece for any wardrobe. Not too heavy, not too light. Good for everyday use especially in the colder months. You can easily put this jacket on over a hoodie and it won’t add too much weight like some jackets. The only thing is that it restricts your movement around the arms a little bit but I understand it has to be worn in so it will fit much looser. Overall a solid piece. Can’t go wrong with Levi’s." —Wayne De Leon

    Get it from Amazon for $37.36+ (available in sizes XS-3X, including big & tall sizes, and 13 washes).

    7. soft fleece hoodie that is likely to become your all-time, always-on favorite (don't just take my word for it, the review below is pretty convincing).

    model wearing the hoodie in pink

    Promising review: "Some would say I'm a world-renowned hoodie connoisseur. To that I would agree. I've obtained hoodies from across the globe, yet none have surprised me like this one. I was hunting for a hoodie to add to the collection and lo and behold, I came across this one. I scoured numerous reviews, each one adamant about the softness of the pullover. A hoodie couldn't be that soft right? Wrong. I sat eagerly in my chair as the doorbell rang. I did the mad dash towards the doorknob and I viciously tore it open. I grabbed the package with force and I slammed it on the table. As my hand gripped the sleeve I couldn't believe it. I do not know how Gap managed to do it, but I'm convinced that they asked God himself for a piece of heavenly cloud. This is the softest material on a hoodie I've ever come across, and I've been globetrotting for hoodies like Indiana Jones. As I put the hoodie on it clung to me like Peter Parker in the Venom suit. It made me feel warm and safe, like a New York coffee shop on a rainy Tuesday. All in all, I would highly recommend this hoodie." —sailboat4

    Get it from Gap for $24.99+ (originally $54.95; available in sizes XS-XXXL including tall sizes, and 10 colors)

    8. full-zip fleece vest you can wear as a top layer when it's just a little chilly outside, or as a base layer when the time comes to truly bundle up.

    Promising review: "This vest popped up and for the price and ability to try it and return it if I don't like it, what the heck. Well, I have to say I was surprised at the quality of the material, the quality of the construction and the fit. They had the color I wanted (forest green) and the color matched what I thought it would be. I've been wearing the vest since it arrived a couple days ago and so far, it's comfortable and warm." —Trebor

    Get it from Amazon for $15.77+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and 19 colors/patterns).

    9. A pair of skinny-fit stretch jeans you'll be rocking day in and day out.

    reviewer wearing the jeans
    reviewer wearing the jeans

    Promising review: "These are true fitted jeans. Comfortable and softer than usual jeans I’ve noticed when brand-new. Might even recommend going up a size or two on your waist measurement. Happy with the quality." —Grant

    Get them from Amazon for $32.80+ (available in sizes 28x28-42x34 and 13 sizes).

    10. A reviewer-beloved garment-dyed T-shirt that, hands down, will be the comfiest thing you've ever slipped over your shoulders. A fair warning:  you're gonna want to cop one in every color (there's 15).

    model wearing garment-dyed T-shirt in black
    three garment-dyed T-shirts in different colors layered on top of one another

    Promising review: "Best T-shirt I've ever owned. There really aren't any faults with this shirt. The fabric is durable and soft, it hasn't stretched at all. The fit is perfect and goes well with anything!" —Liam

    Get it from Madewell for $19.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXXL and 15 colors).

    11. Or, a Carhartt pocket T-shirt to round out the workwear-inspired wardrobe you've been curating over the past few months.

    reviewer wearing a T-shirt in beige
    same reviewer wearing the T-shirt in black

    These T-shirts are high quality and ultra-durable; they're literally made for people working in the toughest conditions.

    Promising review: "These shirts are perfect! Great quality for a great price and are also shipped well. I’ve bought several of these and will continue to buy more. They also are very durable and last for a long time. Great working shirts or just nice T-shirts." —Kristenw329

    Get one from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes S-5X, including tall sizes, and 24 colors).

    12. Champion crewneck sweatshirt in an ultra-soft cotton fleece that'll quickly become your go-to sporty layer.

    reviewer wearring the crewneck in blue
    detail shot of the same reviewer wearing the crewneck in blue
    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "Great sweater. Champion never fails to have great quality. Thick and stylish sweater. Will be great for fall and winter." —Alex_03_13_02

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $54 (available in sizes XS-XXL and six colors).

    13. A pair of classic shades that'll polish off even the simplest and laziest of looks. BUT—more importantly—they'll also help you avoid awkward eye contact with that person you met freshman year but haven't spoken to since. 😬

    reviewer wearing the sunglasses with a black T-shirt
    reviewer wearing the sunglasses with a black jacket

    Promising review: "I love these sunglasses and you can tell they're legitimately polarized. They're lightweight and I've gotten compliments from people saying they look like Ray-Ban Clubmasters! As a Ray-Ban owner in the past who lost or broke them, these are an incredible alternative. The price and style are unbeatable!" —Skylar S.

    Get them from Amazon for $12.99.

    14. A pair of sneakers that look an awful lot like that trendy New Zealand brand, but are only a fraction of the price.

    reviewer wearing the grey sneakers
    side shot of same reviewer wearing the grey sneakers

    Promising review: "These shoes are really comfortable. The top layer feels like thick fabric. I actually put them in the washing machine (without the insoles). They are great, especially given the great price." —B. R.

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in sizes 6.5-13 and six colors).

    15. A fresh pair of joggers because after wearing your current ones for all of last year, you're definitely in need of an upgrade.

    Promising review: "Pants are incredibly soft and are of nice quality. They fit me perfectly—they are not too tight or baggy. Length is just enough so they stack at your ankles and have a snug taper at the bottom. Would compare these to Adidas/Nike level-quality pants." —A

    Get them from Amazon for $15.24+ (available in sizes S-3XL and 22 colors).

    16. A pair of Birkenstocks that you can easily slip on in the mornings with your sweats for that dreaded 8am class. And yes, you can rock them with socks too. Don't @ me. 

    Promising review: "These were perfect for a muddy music festival weekend! Fit like every pair of Birkenstocks I've ever worn and could be quickly rinsed off as often as necessary. The footbed even gave pleasantly as I walked, almost like the cork I'm used to. It remains to be seen how long they'll last, but at a fraction of the price of traditional Arizonas, I won't mind if they don't last as long. These have already proven themselves a good investment." —Mark H.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.34+ (available in women's and men's sizes 5-15 and 23 colors).

    17. A pair of chinos for those days when you want to be a *little* put together. These work with everything from dress shirts to hoodies, which is exactly the kind of versatility your campus closet needs.

    reviewer wearing the chinos in olive green
    reviewer wearing the chinos in grey

    Promising review: "Normally when I buy my husband slacks, I am unable to find a short length and have to hem them. These slacks look like they were tailor-made for him and we will be buying more of them in the future. These are very quality slacks and I would highly recommend." —Dennis B.

    Get them from Amazon for $22.60+ (available in sizes 28x28-42x34 and nine colors).

    18. A pair of gym shorts with zipper pockets that are as great for lounging as they are for actually working out in.

    Promising review: "These shorts are smooth, soft, and look amazing! Can be worn for any occasion, not just to workout in! And the zipper pockets work perfectly which is great to keep things from falling out!" —Touchdown

    Get them from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in S-XXL and 17 colors).

    19. And an athletic shirt because why not upgrade your entire workout wardrobe so you look fresh at the campus gym.

    reviewer taking a selfie while wearing the grey athletic shirt
    same reviewer taking a selfie while wearing the grey athletic shirt

    Promising review: "For the price you can’t beat it! Bought one to try and loved the way it fit—it fits just right. Even after washing and drying there is not much shrinkage. I love wearing it for working out and just wearing in general. They aren’t too thin and aren’t too thick. Everything fits as expected." —Alan

    Get it from Amazon for $6.53+ (available in sizes S-4XL and 24 colors).

    20. A mid-weight crewneck sweater that'll keep you warm and cozy on crisp fall days as you groggily make your way from class to class. 

    reviewer taking a selfie while wearing the crewneck in black
    reviewer mirror selfie while wearing the striped sweater

    Promising review: "My fiancé bought this sweater to wear to our engagement party. It fit him perfectly! Great looking sweater for the price. I did have to wash it with a little extra fabric conditioner because it felt a bit scratchy coming right out of the package, but after that it was great." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $5.60+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and 13 patterns/colors).

    21. A classic zip-up hoodie you'll be reaching for again and again and again. Nothing beats a worn-in and well-loved zip-up. 

    reviewer wearing the hoodie in red
    reviewer wearing the hoodie in grey

    Promising review: "Very well made. Thick, plush, and warm. I bought the same product in a different color three years ago and wear it as a 'work' jacket. It’s still in great shape. I would highly recommend this sweatshirt." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.16+ (available in sizes XXS-XXL and 22 colors).

    22. A Herschel backpack because your precious cargo—laptop, notebooks, textbooks, snacks—deserve to travel in style, too. 

    front of Herschel backpack
    side view of Herschel backpack

    Get it from Nordstrom for $109.

    23. casual henley perfect for autumn layering—especially because it comes in both long- and short-sleeves. Who knows what surprises this year's weather will bring...

    reviewer wearing the long-sleeve henley in blue
    back of same reviewer wearing the long-sleeve henley in blue

    Promising review: "Nice shirt that is very well-made! It is good quality and fits great! The blue color is really nice as pictured." —NikkiMarieC

    Get it from Amazon for