The dog days of summer are all but over, and whether you like it or not, it's time to jump on back-to-school shopping. Whether you're heading back yourself, shopping for your kids or just looking to freshen up your wardrobe for fall, now is a great time to take advantage of all the sales.

If you're university-bound this month, a casual and comfortable, yet modern and sleek look is ideal for college students. Look for pieces that play well with others. A pair of boots in a neutral color will last you wear after wear all the way 'til spring, and they look good with just about anything. Please avoid hitting up class in pajama pants and opt instead for soft denim, PJs don't exactly spell scholarly. Lastly, don't be afraid to let your personality out with a printed backpack or messenger bag.

Here's a few options you might want to give some thought to: 

FOR WOMEN

From left: Vintage Floral Shirt, Old Navy | Denim Legging, Cake Boutique | TOMS Taupe Suede Desert Wedges, FRESH | Jansport Etoile Floral Print backpack, Urban Outfitters

FOR MEN

From left: Otters Crew Neck Tee in Custard, Bastille | Brixton Reserve Twill pants, FRESH | Emerson Messenger bag, Fossil | Redwing Chukka Boot, FRESH