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4 Outfits Inspired by Your Dorm-Mates


As I just started university this September, I have recently gone through the huge change of moving into a dorm. I was kind of nervous when I moved in, but it turns out I got lucky – I love my floormates! They are honestly becoming my second family.

So, as a little tribute to them, as well as your own dorm friends, I present to you, four outfits inspired by the people you meet living in the dorms.

The Partier

Partier outfit: Glitter heart tank, red bandeau, envelope clutch, ankle booties, coated jeans
Tank, Bandeau, Jeans, Boots, Cuff, Clutch

She like, totally knows the door guy at Beta Whatever Whatever and can get you in tonight for free. Seriously. She’s down to go out any night of the week, and consistently knows all the best places to let loose around campus. You think you saw her textbooks in her dorm once: they were a super convenient doorstop when she had that Tiki-themed party…

If you’re going out on campus, it may be a good idea to leave the skirts and dresses at home – they can be fussy and impractical (especially as the weather gets colder). Instead, to channel the party girl’s fun-ready look, bust out a fun sparkly top complemented by a bright red bandeau. Slide on some trendy waxed jeans and a add a great pair of ankle boots for legs that look miles long. Capped off with a cheeky ear cuff, this look is made for fun!

The Studious One

Studious girl outfit: Basic tee, long cardigan, leggings, pen necklace, notebook, flats, tote bag
Cardigan, Tee, Leggings, Necklace, Flats, Notebook, Tote Bag

It’s first week, and she already has a panicked look in her eye, clutching her textbooks to her chest like a life vest. That time you shuffled towards the bathroom at 3 AM, you saw her hunched over her books, bathed in the dim light of a Jeopardy rerun playing on the common room TV. You’re not exactly sure what classes she’s taking, or what she’s studying, but she’s assured you that whatever it is, “it’s going to be on the midterm!!”

While you might not exactly envy her stressed-out approach to classes, this girl can inspire you to find a study-ready outfit that’s cute, but comfy. First, pair some leggings (a college essential, seriously) with a loose tee – blue is the color of productivity. Top it all off with a long, cozy cardigan (for warmth and coverage) and a quirky writing utensil-inspired necklace. Don’t forget a notebook (with a stress-busting mantra) and a roomy tote bag for holding all your books on a trip to the lib.

The Mature One

Blazer, Shirt, Pants, Earrings, Purse, Shoes

You don’t know if she pulled a Freaky Friday and is really a 30-year-old in a college girl’s body, but her competency can be a little scary. You remember the first time you had to slink past her dorm when she was putting away her vitamins, bran flakes, and coffee, so that she couldn’t see your bag full of Cheetos and chocolate milk.

You might not be organized enough to alphabetize your snack foods, but you can still look polished and put-together in this outfit. Layer a white blazer over a crisp button-down for a clean, sharp look. When you add black jeans and crested smoking slippers, you’ll look professional, but still youthful. Geometric earrings and a red cross-body bag round out the look and add fashion-y touches that keep your look au courant.

The New BFF

BFF outfit: Basic jeans, ombre tee, friendship bracelet, comfy fall boots, classic brown trench
Anorak, Tee, Jeans, Boots, Bracelet

Now THIS is what you expected when you thought of res life; late night Ben & Jerry’s runs, Netflix-fests, and rambling about boys in your dorm till the wee hours of the morning. Though you still miss your best friends from home, it’s nice to know your new friend is always ready to lend an ear.

This look is a fresh take on the familiar - much like your new collegiate lifestyle! Boyfriend jeans and a tee might sound super basic, but the look is jazzed up by the cool ombre look of the shirt. Paired with an on-trend anorak, thread friendship bracelet (aw), and fun cuffed boots, you have an outfit that’s perfect for crunching through autumn leaves on your way to class.

What do you think?

Have you met any of these typical dorm characters yet? What was your dorm experience like? Should I do another article on the other dorm mates you run across? Any advice for a college freshman on adjusting to dorm life? As always, let me know in the comments below!

Posted on on September 21, 2012 / Filed Under: Inspiration / Tags: , , , , ,

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15 Responses to “4 Outfits Inspired by Your Dorm-Mates”

  1. 1
    September 21st, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    I love this! i actually chuckled a little at the column labeled “the studious one” because it totally describes me! and I tend to dress like that everyday I have classes (weird). Although, I do love all the outfits <3 :)

  2. 2
    September 21st, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Lol! I dress the most like the mature one, but personality-wise, I’m probably a mix the studious and the BFF. xD Vitamins? Me? I’ve pulled the cheetos for breakfast move so many times it’s embarrassing.

  3. 3
    September 21st, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    I love that sparkly heart tank from the partier look. I would totally wear it and I kind of wish that I had it.

  4. 4
    September 21st, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    how about the crazy roomate? love it!

  5. 5
    September 22nd, 2012 at 5:28 am

    I have to say it, because it has never actually happened to me and I got overtly excited: For once I own something shown on CF!!!! :D
    It’s the red ‘keep calm and carry on’ notebook but still, at least something:D

  6. 6
    September 22nd, 2012 at 8:13 am

    I am a cross between the studious and mature one! And the mature one outfit looks like something I would wear.

  7. 7
    September 22nd, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Love the article and certainly want the continuation )))

  8. 8
    September 22nd, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    I laughed out loud when I read the descriptions – I’ve encountered every single one of them and I happen to fit in the partier category myself. And it really is spot on – a true partier doesn’t have patience for uncomfortable strappy stilettos or mini dresses. I’m all about leather pants or short shorts with either biker boots (if I’m going to be walking around or dancing A LOT) or relatively comfier (read: chunkier) heels. And my dorm mates probably haven’t seen my textbooks around ever – the doorstop is a good idea though, LOL.

  9. 9
    September 22nd, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Oh & definitely do another article. I’d love to see the “types” and the outfits you come up with next !

  10. 10
    October 2nd, 2012 at 7:33 am

    i like the mature look…minus the earings

  11. 11
    October 2nd, 2012 at 7:33 am

    i like the mature look…minus the earnings

  12. 12
    October 2nd, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Personally, I’m in love with the BFF’s boots. I have a boot “problem” during the fall… Great article!

  13. 13
    February 20th, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Im the studies one who doesnt realy study. Doctor who, sign language, and a pen necklace all in one outfit amazing.

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