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Dakota Fanning Is Picking Clothes for College

09/21/2011 at 06:00 PM ET

Dakota Fanning Oh Lola
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Dakota Fanning just celebrated her move from Los Angeles to New York at her first Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, but the star is busy tackling an even bigger milestone now: starting her freshman year at NYU.

“Going to college is a bit different than going back to high school,” the new student told PEOPLE recently at a Marc Jacobs bash. “You can kind of wear whatever you want, and I had a uniform in high school.”

But don’t think you’ll catch Dakota, who’s living in a Manhattan apartment instead of the dorms, taking on sloppy student style. “If you ever catch me in sweatpants in class, that’s not good,” joked the star. “I’ve tried not to dress like that.”

However, the former Angeleno did come prepared for the East Coast temperature changes — sans sweatpants. “I knew to bring a lot of coats, and my Hunter rain boots,” she shared. Still, Fanning admitted that shopping for school is intimidating. For instance, “What pencil case do you buy for college?” she asked.

Fanning might have a little help in the wardrobe department courtesy of her pal Marc Jacobs. The actress — a muse for his line (as is her sister) — serves as the face of his latest fragrance, Oh, Lola! “It’s been such an honor to work with someone who you admire and actually love wearing their clothes and love their brand,” she said. “I think Marc is such a genius and so creative, and I think he proves time and time again that he can do anything. To be involved in anything he touches is a pleasure.”

Though the Oh, Lola! campaign stirred a bit of controversy thanks to its provocative imagery, Fanning said she had a blast during the photo shoot. “It was amazing,” she told reporters at a recent Oh, Lola! event in N.Y.C. “Getting to work with Juergen [Teller] again, it’s always so much fun.”

And she definitely had faith in her crew — and the designer. Fanning showed up to set without having seen the bottle, and unaware of the scent’s smell. “I got there … and it was exactly what I love, and it’s pink — which is my favorite color,” she shared. “So it couldn’t have been more perfect for me.”

–Kate Hogan and Catherine Kast

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Rose on

Nice Dakota. I was thinking the same thing when I get to class everyone look like they just got out bed or going to the gym.Its embarrassing,You dont have a lot of money to dress like a lday.shut up haters. American girls need some fashion sense and stop walking around like bums.

nena on

I think she needs to wear more colorful clothes lately I have seen her with the same shade of color in the dresses she uses and she looks like a ghost and she is a pretty girl

LA on

The hateful comments here make me so ashamed. “Grow up”? She’s trying to do just that. That’s why she’s going to college. She’s not bragging at all. She’s talking about something she’s working on. It’s her job. Poor girl can’t even get a jump on life before you haters run out of the woodwork.

pjc on

She’ll need some really thick warm socks to go with those rain boots! Brrrrrrr!!!!!!! I Luv New England!

lross on

Yeah Vela, You’re not an actress either. She’s not spoiled. She’s an actress, she has the money and she lives in an apartment. If she was spoiled and didn’t care. she wouldn’t even be going to school….So don’t hate…….

trsquare on

Good for her for going to college! Her career may not last forever, so at least she’s planning ahead. As far as what she’ll wear, my daughters (who are the same age as Dakota) will wear jeans or dresses…but never sweats.

Cinder's mom on

The difference between being a senior in HS and a freshman in college is your stature as a student. A senior in HS is the be-all, end-all, top of the line. A college freshman is a barely-noticed nothing. If Dakota dresses like a young adult she’ll break that trend. You go, girl! Dress well and study hard.

Fatima on

I can’t believe that she’s already in college! I remember that adorable little girl starring in those amazing movies and now she’s grown up. Time flies…

emma on

wow, lots of hate for the girl not wanting to wear sweat pants. personal preference, anyone? geeze. I never wear sweat pants in class, either, and I’m not a movie star. I just don’t like wearing sweat pants, ever. I’m a jeans girl. I have never, and will never, wear sweat pants to a college class, and there really isn’t anything wrong with that.

Mike on

I’m glad to see that she has enough self respect not to wear sweatpants to class. It’s supposed to be an intitute of higher learning preparing you for a future career and you should dress appropriately. Going to class in sweatpants shows a total lack of respect for yourself, the institution and professors. I hate this trend of people going out in public wearing sweatpants or pajama’s. I think it shows not only a lack of self respect, but also a lack of respect for those you come in contact with. Why would you want to be seen looking like you were running out in the middle of the night to a convenience store for an emergency box of tampons? If you want to go out in your bedclothes, try wearing a sexy nightgown or lingerie. That’s something I can get behind, assuming you have the body for it.

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