A selection of essential items make up a stylish wardrobe, so we have curated the top 10 academic must-have fashion items for you.

10 must-have academic fashion items

As academic researchers, comfort comes first, and everything else follows.

We want to command a presence when we enter the classroom, conference hall, or workshop space, and not get mistaken for one of the students.

However, we also don’t have the luxury of time to try on multiple outfits on the days we need to speed out the door.

This edit of 10 must-have academic fashion items will have you looking put together everyday. It is effortless style at your finger tips.

#1 Classic white shirt

Have you ever been in the situation where you have a wardrobe full of clothes but nothing to wear on the day? That’s right, me too.

It is because we just may have been collecting the wrong items, like statements pieces with no basics to wear them with, the whole time!

The white shirt is a timeless fashion item.

It can be paired with any kind of bottoms. It is also easy to dress it up or down.

Tuck a white shirt into a pencil skirt or a pair of denim pants, and you are set to go.

Invest in as many as you can.

Classic white shirts come in different styles and fabric textures, so things can hardly get boring.

#2 Little Black Dress (LBD)

I mean, not so little when going to work, but you get the picture.

This piece is one of my favourite, because of how easy it is to transition from day look to evening.

It is an effortlessly stylish item that will never go out of fashion, and to splurge on a good number is permitted.

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#3 Basic T-shirts

Basic t-shirts make the smart-casual life so much easier.

Tuck a tee into a skirt, strap on some sandals, and you are classroom-ready. They are also perfect for layering up outfits in the fall.

Basic tees are a good way to experiment with colours in your style. They are safe.

You can pair a basic tee with a statement blazer or wear it with a midi-skirt.

#4 Sunglasses

It’s the little items that count and make you distinct from everyone else. Invest in one nice pair of sunglasses, if not for style reasons, then for eye health.

#5 Trench Coat

No matter what you wear under the trench coat, you are certified 100% stylish when you rock one. Did you know they have a history in feminism? See our post here. Trench coats make you look sharp, smart, and oozes power. There is no reason not to own a good piece.

6) Pencil Skirt

Pencil skirts are perfect for professional settings. Midi-skirts also work well.

7) Oxfords/ Kitten Heels/Trendy Trainers/Boots

Good footwear is the perfect finishing to any stylish look. If the shoe is off, the entire outfit is kinda bleeh. Depending on what you’re comfortable with, have your pick or all of the above.

8) Tote bag 

To carry all: notebooks, pens, papers, laptops, iPad, lunch…we need a big bag that won’t snap but make us look good. This handbag has to be sturdy, there is no other way.

9) Black Blazer

This blazer is a classic one-size-fits-all. The black blazer combined with any of your basic tees and sunglasses is all you need to hit the campus on a style high.

10) The Denim (jacket & trousers)

On chilly days, the denim fabric is a life saver.

Follow Stylish Academic on Pinterest for academic outfit inspiration. Our Instagram is also brimming with academic fashion ideas.

What is the most important item in your wardrobe you can’t do without? Let’s hear from you in the comments.

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