Wardrobe Essentials for College Girls 2021

The ultimate guide to what every college girl should have in her wardrobe. Includes wardrobe basics for every college student’s closet.

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Before starting my freshman year, I spent around 40 minutes stressing over which black t-shirt to pack; the only difference between the two was a scoop neck vs. an off the shoulder cut! This is the guide I wish I had while packing for college, and the one I use now.

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Whether you’re starting your first or final year of college, always remember: less is more when you’re living in a dorm or apartment!

You should have enough clean clothes, and underwear, for at least a week in each season. Otherwise you’ll end up doing laundry multiple times a week, something you won’t have time or the willpower for.

Without further ado, here is what I believe to be the definitive guide to what every college girl should have in her wardrobe, the staples you’re actually going to want to be wearing for your four years of college life.

Everyday/Class:

4 Classic Tees

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Get a few basic tees or tank tops of varying lengths (cropped tees count, too) in different basic colors like black, white, grey and navy blue. Also throw in at least one fun tee in your favorite color for variety!

These can be worn alone in summer or layered under cardigans, jackets, and long-sleeved tops in winter. (See our guide to everyday outfits for how we love to wear these.)

3 Cute Tops (Blouses, Bodysuits, and/or Basic Crop Tops)

These would be your trendy pieces that rotate from year to year; they can include crop tops, cute cami tanks, and button-downs!

Don’t bring too many from home since they’ll clutter up your closet, and you can easily exchange items between your dorm and house on trips home (or have your parents mail you things if needed).

4 Sweaters

Oversized, cozy sweaters are my favorite thing to wear during the winter, and no one can convince me otherwise.

Make sure the vast majority are not dry clean only options; I scored a nice sweater from J.Crew’s clearance section for $20, only to discover I almost never wore it in college because I was afraid of getting it dirty!

(Check out our guide to the best sweaters for college to see the types of sweaters you need to pack.)

3-4 pairs of Casual Shorts

I have a pair of flowy shorts, some cute bike shorts, and jean shorts in three colors: vintage wash, white, and black.

The Agolde shorts above are a splurge, but they have honestly changed my life! They fit better than any other pair I’ve tried and I wear mine multiple times a week.

2-3 Casual Skirts/Dresses

If you can’t picture yourself being able to sit comfortably in your cute dress or skirt of choice, maybe reconsider packing it. (For more, see our guide to the types of skirts and dresses you need for college!)

2-3 pairs of quality jeans

No college wardrobe essentials list would be complete without jeans! Pay attention to the inseam length, quality, and price when buying a pair of jeans.

Personally, my favorite jeans of all time are the ones above from Topshop. I live for their mom jeans (so incredibly flattering and no gapping at the waist). For wide leg jeans, the Agolde ’90s jeans are pricey but AMAZING. So cute and comfy for those Y2K vibes.

If you don’t want to shell out for Topshop or Agolde’s jeans, I’ve also had amazing luck with AE, especially their mom jeans!

4 Pairs of Black leggings

I suggest buying running or workout leggings since they last longer, lower the chance of panty lines, and can be used for actually working out.

Although Lululemon Align leggings are incredibly popular on campus (see our Lululemon shopping tips to save money there), look to other major sports brands, Amazon (I have the ones above and they are butter-soft!), and even Old Navy; their leggings hold up surprisingly well even during a workout.

2 Pairs of good walking shoes

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Popular options include white Air Force 1s, classic footbed sandals, any type of Converse or New Balance sneakers, and slides. (See our article on the best casual shoes for college for an in-depth guide to these!)

2 Spring/Fall Jackets:

A classic leather or jean jacket can make you look more put-together, and either option goes with practically everything! (This faux leather jacket from Nordstrom is insanely popular with CF readers and it has tons of five star reviews!)

Don’t forget a sweatshirt with your college logo on it too; school spirit never goes out of style.

(For more, see our list of the coats and jackets you need for college.)

1 Winter Coat

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Make sure this option is warm and appropriate for the chilly months at your school. This North Face jacket is insanely popular on every college campus during the winter months.

Jewelry of choice

Buy a cute jewelry organizer if you have a lot of jewelry, and avoid bringing anything too sentimental or expensive if you know you’re prone to losing things (like me, yikes). (See our list of the best jewelry for college for to learn exactly what you need to bring.)

1 Backpack or tote

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Make sure your bag is large enough for your school supplies, secure enough to carry your laptop, and comfortable to carry.

The backpack above is a really popular choice on campus, but we have even more recs in our articles on cute backpacks for 2021 and bags for college.

A week’s worth of Bralettes/Bras/Socks/Underwear

Bring extras for all of these essential items; you never want to be wearing dirty socks! I’ve found a two weeks supply of the above works best for me.

Skims cotton bralettes are life and their Fits Everybody underwear is made of the stretchiest, most breathable fabric on the planet. I like to buy value packs of Hanes socks on Amazon. (See our guide to the best bralettes for an in-depth guide to bralette shopping!)

Working Out

1 Pair of Good Sneakers for Exercise

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It is essential that the shoes you are wearing are designed for the workout of your choice, and are supportive. Injuries are not fun or cute!

That being said, don’t be afraid to buy really colorful or fun workout shoes; they’ll motivate you to get out the door and workout more often!

(See our guide to the best workout shoes for detailed help finding your perfect pair.)

3 Sports Bras

Sports bras come in three types: low impact, medium impact, and high impact. Know what category you need! If you’re an A or B cup, you can also typically get away with medium impact sports bras for high impact activities.

My favorite brands for sports bras include Nike, and Under Armour. I really like listening to music while running, so I included my favorite sports bra with a pocket that can fit my iPhone, id, and house key!

4-5 Workout tops

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Moisture wicking is key to avoid looking like you jumped in a pool. Definitely invest in some workout tops that are comfortable and cute; you can wear them to class which will motivate you to run straight to the gym afterwards!

3-4 Workout bottoms

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I swear by my Fabletics running shorts. I’ve had mine since high school, and I’ve since concluded that they’re practically indestructible. That said, Amazon has some insanely good running shorts these days — these ones are my newest favorites and they’re amazing quality!

Bring some sweatpants to throw over your leggings or shorts for the winter time too; no one wants to walk to the gym with freezing legs. And at least one pair of black leggings from the section above can totally count for workouts.

Bonus: These all work as back-up pajama bottoms and study clothes!

Social/Going Out

1-2 Casual Statement pieces (Ex: sundress, romper, jumpsuit)

Find something comfortable and cute that you would want to wear for a night out with your friends.

1 pair of cute heels

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Go for block heels or wedges over stilettos; your toes will thank you the next day. That being said, don’t be afraid to buy shoes with different colors, textures, or embellishments!

1+ Clubbing Dresses

Bring at least one body-con or mini dress for any formals you might be going to; Lulus and Forever21 have great inexpensive options!

Avoid wearing expensive pieces; you will sweat while dancing, and you might be spilled on. Swap with friends to expand options!

3 sets of “Fratting” Clothes:

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If you plan on going out to frat parties in college, you need β€œfratting” clothes. That means a pair of beat up converse, machine washable crop tops, and your hardiest pair of jean shorts. (The Agolde ones above in the shorts section should survive, but you could also get some cheaper ones for parties.)

While movies show girls dressed to the nines and wearing nice heels, this is not reality. You will be spilled on, stepped on, but hopefully not puked on.

Add an inexpensive jacket that you would be okay with losing for the colder months, preferably not black since it will be impossible to locate in a giant pile. (See our post on frat party outfits for even more ideas!)

Other College Clothing Essentials

1 Pair of Good Rain boots or Snow boots

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This is mostly dependent on where you go to school; check with current students to find out if your campus handles rain well, and if snow will be a concern.

If rain is the main concern, you can get away with Joules boots, pictured above. They’re a great dupe for Hunter boots, and they hold up well!

Duck boots are a great option for snowy campuses, although North Face boots are popular because they will last you all four years and beyond.

1 Umbrella

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Trust me, you’ll be stuck walking in the rain to class at least once. Be sure to check out our list of can’t-forget college accessories for even more items you need to pack.

1 Pair of Shower Shoes

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Please don’t even think about setting foot in a communal shower without shower shoes; you can’t be sure what you’re stepping in. I’m a big fan of my Adidas slides but clean flip flops work too!

1 Bathrobe & 1 Set of Really Cozy PJs

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For my freshman girls using communal bathrooms, a bathrobe will save you the trouble of worrying about a nip slip as you walk down the halls in a towel. Bring your favorite cozy pjs to remind you of home, and to reward yourself after all that studying!

What are your college wardrobe must-haves?

So there you have it, the top items that should be in every college girl’s closet. Of course, these are just my opinions and you might have your own ideas about this too. (And for more on packing for college, see our guide to the college essentials you didn’t know you needed.)

Let me know if you agree with me, or if you think something is missing by leaving a comment or sending an email!

What are your closet essentials? Let me know in the comments!

Editor’s note: This post was originally published in 2008; it was completely updated and revamped in 2021 with new photos, items, and information.

180 thoughts on “Wardrobe Essentials for College Girls 2021”

  1. Chic Girl – Thanks so much!

    Cadi – Carabiners? Okay, added to my “must-google” list. I definitely need those because I’m always losing stuff! Thanks for the suggestion!

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  2. Hey! I just found this site and it is AMAZING! Anyway, I kind of had a question for anyone reading…

    I wear a size 10 shoe and it is EXTREMELY hard to find cute shoes in my size that look good! The flats make my feet look like clown feet, and I’m pretty tall (5’8″), so if I wear heels, I tower over people! Not to mention, they’re uncomfortable to wear everyday. Does anyone have any suggestions for me?! Thanks! πŸ™‚

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  3. Ciera,

    I knew a girl in my class that had this same issue with her shoe size. She overcame it by wearing a lot of low heeled shoes with straps or open toes and always having a perfect pedicure.

    Also, the detailing on a shoe can help to define your foot better. Wearing a pair of simple ballet flats vs. ballet flats that flash a little toe and have some detailing with will be very different.

    Barefoot Tess has some cute (albeit a bit expensive) shoes made specifically for larger sizes, and most retailers have online sites that offer a greater variety of sizes.

    Hopefully that helps some!

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  4. Ciera i wear a size 12 1/2 shoe and i am 5’11 i am about to go off to school as a sophmore and i can normally find cute flats and heels at payless.com in my size, but i cant ever find them in the store but i know online goes up to a 13 women. I genenerally stick with flats, but that is because my campus is small so everyone walks everywhere so i were to walk from my dorm to food it would be a good quarter mile so i wouldnt want heels, but dont be afraid to be the tall one! its fun:) hope that helps πŸ™‚

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  5. I live in my yoga pants at school and hardly ever wear jeans. There is no point getting dressed up all the time for just classes. Anyway I agree with some of it but you do need professional cloths for those guest speakers and important lunches. Also SLIPPERS I use them it the door so much you have no idea.

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  6. My college essentials are a few pairs of everyday jeans from Charlotte Russe and a few from Old Navy. I love the sweetheart jeans because they are comfortable and fit me perfectly. One or two dresses for going out or when I feel like dressing up, a few sweaters to keep warm from the cold and yes I live in California, but I live in the North Bay so it does get cold. You are wrong about that. You must be talking about the South Bay when it gets hot. What else? Oh, and 4 or 5 pairs of sneakers to walk around in. For sweats I usually buy them from nike and adidas, never Victoria’s Secret because I do not like the words on the butt. I do not want anyone to look at my butt and the sweats are a bit pricey.

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  7. Hello!!??? I LIVE in California and that DOESNT mean that every single day here is warm! Not everybody lives in LA, or that So Cal area. And, heck, it gets cold there too, I would know.

    I live in the Bay Area, and especially in San Francisco it can get freeezing! It even snows in the mountains sometimes! “States that actually have winters” well, we have winters. Sometimes even worse than others.

    It’s just that that California thing is a HUGE stereotype. Thats all. Otherwise, I liked the article πŸ™‚ Also, for bras and underwear, go to Nordstrom they have great service there.

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  8. Fashion is all inclusive, not exclusive, and there are NO rules, just look good, feel comfortable and have the confidence to wear it. Others can judge but its fun to make the choice not to follow trends but make them your own. So when i go for shopping i don’t check what is in or out but just check what suits me or otherwise and what look will make me different than the previous day simple and this is what a college goers will look and should look for.

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  9. Oh, & Suzie Q, I’m not trying to be a jerk but do you realize that in the same post you critisize these girls’ fashion sense yet cited “Forever 21” when speaking of fashion forward? Not that Forever 21 clothes aren’t cute, many are but, most would agree they don’t define you as a trend setter & just don’t hold up the way clothes from H&M, AE, GAP, or True Religion do. I have Cardigans from H&M that are 5 years old & look bran new & are still getting raves from people. I have Jeans from AE & True Religion that have withstood all kinds of hell & high water, still perfect. & Gap has so many looks that are stylish & professional for girls who like the natural look to those who enjoy looking “preppy” if you will. This is a very informative list that does fit for MOST college students. If you do your own thing, then power to you for believing in that. Although that doesn’t give anyone the right to tell an entire site full of women in agreeance that they are all wrong. It’s not always easy for incomming college students to be Victoria Beckham fashionistas. It’s expensive an impractical. These suggestions are timeless & work for most on a budget. Style in college is about taking timeless classics & adding your own personal touches to make it unique so you don’t just “blend in”, not about spending a fortune. If you make smart decisions in college that enable you to focus on saving money & having multiple go to items so that your attention is mostly on your studies and not 3 hours getting dressed, the degree you earn will pay off in a big way. Then it’s time to REALLY go shopping!

    Also, in the search for comfy shoes, Nike Shox are AMAZING for everyday wear. Adidas diPRENE runing shoes are great for working out. Very comfy. They have a sort of mesh on the outside so they breathe easy to keep your feet cooler & they also shape right around your feet. (Dick’s Sporting Goods sells them)

    Another thing that has gotten quite a few comments this season is this navy blue long sleeve burnout tee. I’ve worn it both with white dressy jeans from and shorts from AE. Both times with this (fake) Prada minibag and A&F flip flops in the same shade of dark brown. Several people have stated I look like I should be modeling for Nautica. It’s a really cool effortless yet dressy look!

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  10. Hey! So I google searched “clothing that every college girl should have,” and this showed up. Seriously, this is going to be a life saver for me this summer as I prepare to go to college in the fall!! After having worn a uniform to school for 7 years, I recently realized that I own practically no practical, essential clothes! So my mom and I decided to update my wardrobe this summer, looking for the sales of course! (I’m lucky I can afford college as it is!) I know this post is kinda old, but thank you so so much!

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  11. I absolutely love this article! A friend of mine is in fashion merchandising for Gucci & actually recommended THIS article rather than her own company for all my college wear (of course she did score me two really great scarves that go so well with a tank & jeans & a bag for free). I have only one arguement to it. The one about never wearing sweatpants to class. I think (as do many I go to school with) NEVER wear torn or unfashionable sweatpants to class. & definitely NOT Monday through Thursday to regular classes. My first year while doing mostly pre-requisite courses me & some friends made a habbit of having “Victoria’s Secret PINK Friday”. All of us would wear the PINK line on Friday with a fab pair of sandals or shoes to make it stand out a bit. So many people started calling us the “PINK ladies” and always complimented us. It became what we were known for & was really fun going shopping together on Thursdays after class or trading off from each other’s closets. I’m in my last year now with a lot of in-class labs for Nursing that require you to be able to move around easily & quickly. Wearing PINK has become a staple for these too. I think if you are going for something where you need comfortable yet fashionable clothing VS PINK (with some Abercrombie thrown in here & there) is the best way to go. Plus it is so easy to match their items it’s nearly effortless & completely stress free!

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  12. a white babydoll / loose tank type top is always awsome and easy.
    pair with cute accsories, cardie and denim for easy pretty!

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  13. Any tips for the girls who work for tips? haha…possible pun intended…anyways, any style tips for waitresses, like in college. Cute accessories, etc.? I work in a 50’s themed restraunt so my signature is a pink ribbon in my hair.

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  14. I love this! I think this is completely true! I am just a freshman in high school, but I think I have everything on that list, and alot of the people at my school dress that way to (mostly upper-classman, however). Some great additions, in my opinion is flip flops, if your in a dorm, they make great shower shoes. Accesories, simple necklaces, big earings, hats, scarves, gloves, bracelets, rings, they can completely change a simple outfit.

    Also, while you have that one great sturdy bag, which is a must, you might want a cute clutch too, for when you dont want to carry a bulky bag.

    And one last thing, well is doesn’t exactly fit into the clothing category. Maybe some febreze, to freshan up your clothes. I don’t wash my clothes after every time I wear them, unless I get something on them. Because, one I do’t have time for that. And two, it wears them out faster and I want my clothes to last.

    Again, I loved the post :))

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  15. Just to give you an option on rain boots, I just got a pair from Zappos that are AMAZING! They look amazing and they do the job. They are Kamik and are made in Canada. I got the Ellie style in black, but if I had the money to splurge more, I’d get the red ones. Sooooo awsome. And they aren’t all bulky and heavy so they give your feet and legs a feminie look still.

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  16. I love this article, I saw this just in time for my shopping trip on friday!
    i sometimes order clothes from this website pinkice.com, its cute and affordable :]

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  17. hey! thank you so much for your help. I am going to begin my first year at junior college, and now with this site I know what to have in the wardrobe and not have a problem in the morning of what to wear. Thanks a lot for your help. Btw if you have a newsletter could you tell me pls so I can sign up, because this site is very cool and helpful,Thanks for everything

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  18. We can’t afford cashmere, but we can afford brands like Coach, Juicy Couture, and Marc Jacobs? How does that make even sense? You were doing fine with the H&M and Gap, but come on. Those Juicy Couture boots cost almost as much at my text books did this semester.

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  19. Ciera,

    Wow! As a not-so-fashion-oriented-college-sophomore, your article has really helped me with choosing what to look for in stores… to build my wardrobe like a pro. I enjoy wearing feminine clothing, and sweaty workout clothes, too, but before I came across this article I was afraid to branch out with style even a little bit. I would wear the “safe” outfits that my mom helped me put together back in high school and not use my creative juices when dressing every day. So, long story short, thank you for your advice!

    Christina

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  20. I think this blog is fabulous. I think that this could be the beginning to “the College Woman’s Bible… of Fashionable Essentials.” I can’t wait to update my college wardrobe for this fall!

    A couple things that I would add to the essentials list would be a pair of embellished sandals (i.e. ‘flip-flops’ if you will) and simple accessories. Whether it be a thin chain necklace with a simple charm, a few beaded bracelets, or a watch that ‘goes with every outfit,’ accessories really help tie together ANY outfit and set your fashion identity apart from your peers.

    I LOVE this article, and am excited to pass it along to my friends at school. Thanks a bunch!

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  21. Man, I wish I had read this last year. πŸ™‚ I’ve managed to get my wardrobe up to pretty much everything on the list though. Something I would suggest is to spend the most money on your jeans, the right fit and cut are everything. If you get a good pair they will last you YEARS. Find cute shoes on sale at places like TJ Maxx or Ross, they might be last season or even three seasons ago but they’re still cute and very cheap. I would say spend less on tops unless it’s a classic type of top because those trends come and go. Old Navy has some great cheap classic type tops though, and they come in lots of colors. Target’s clothes are also great because they are very fashion forward but easy on the wallet. Also, every college girl needs plenty of storage! It is the most important thing I learned living in the dorms. Those spaces are small and you will want to keep everything organized!!

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  22. Oh!
    Would it be possible for you to either make an entry, or just respond here, to a question I have?
    Where are some stores that I can find INEXPENSIVE winter coats (such as pea coats) and also spring/fall jackets?

    Thanks bunches.

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  23. I completely agree with this list!

    Baggy sweatpants are never OK in public…unless you REALLY don’t care if you look sloppy/frumpy.

    However, if you don’t feel comfortable wearing jeans or a dress/ skirt to class ALL the time and you want to be a little more “comfy” feeling, I suggest looking up:

    Lululemon Athletica (www.lululemon.com)

    Their sweats/yoga pants are totally comfortable and absolutely do not look sloppy or frumpy…they make your butt look amazing and you can take them straight from lounging around the house to class – just top them with a cute hoodie (not a big baggy one!) or a tanktop & cardigan… or a cute Tshirt!

    I can;t live without my lululemons.. honestly.. they are aaaaamaaaazing! Every girl needs at least one pair.

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  24. i love original wellie rainboots you can find them at freepeople.com and jcrew or any other shoe website. they have tons of styles and colors!

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  25. Thank you so much! That was very helpful.
    It was nice to find out that I only have a few things I need to make my essential wardrobe complete! πŸ˜€
    Thanks,
    M.ae

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  26. I think you guys should do a more current version of this–not that this is super out-of-date. I just think could be a really great article if it were updated and more recent.

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  27. A basic black tshirt is always good to have. I can’t begin to tell you how glad i was to have one my freshman year of college.

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  28. this really helped me !!
    it’s my second year in college & i still , like , find it difficult to make a list for college wardrobe when i’m shopping ……….. thanks a lot !! =)

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  29. I would say a couple cute graphic tees. Old Navy, AE, H&M… they all have cute shirts that look great under cardigans or blazers. Plus, it’s a great way to look trendy without blowing a budget.

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  30. Thought I’d just tell you that I linked you on my newest post; I wrote about my personal wardrobe essentials! Some suggestions/comments would be great πŸ™‚

    Thanks, and I absolutely love your CF blog!

    Cheers x

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  31. I’ve been considering Spax for a while. Could you do an article on spanx and how it works and which shapes you would reccomend or which shape is the most versatile must have. That would be great. LOVE the blog πŸ™‚

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  32. Yeah, 4-5 pairs of jeans sounds about right…I mean, in a perfect world, you’d have a whole trunk full, but 4-5 is enough to survive with! And I agree about avoiding stuff that is too trendy. Regular jeans aren’t going out of style any time soon!

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  33. perfect!! just what i needed as i’m packing for school. one thing that i swear by as my go-to-class outfit are leggins. pairing these with a long shirt, short casual dress, or readjusted oversized t-shirt looks chic enough to maintain my fashion style but is also easy and casual enough to wear everyday. so many possibilities!!!

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  34. Long time visitor, first time commenter.

    Best. Post. Ever. πŸ™‚

    It’s so true that most basics lists and such that you read online are not geared towards the average collge student, in terms of both lifestyle and finances. Thanks for the very practical entry.

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  35. I know so many people are absolutely going to disagree with my suggestion, but I highly suggest a pair of UGG boots. So many people around campus wear them (at least here in Arizona). They are super comfy and can be worn with jeans, sweats, and skirts (although I hate the way that looks).

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  36. I would have to say multiple cosy hoodies iare my closet essentials! I live in England and its cold pretty much all the time so i kind of have to live in them, because those nice litle sweaters you see, which are adorable and smart looking, are always sooooooooooooooo thin! I commute at 7.15am in the morning so im all about keeping warm!

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  37. I don’t usually post comments on sites like I am, however I was thrilled to see this list of essentials that you put up! Thank you so much! I’m going to be a senior in high school next year and this list wiil be very helpful for me in my quest for college clothes etc. Great tips, exactly what I needed πŸ™‚

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  38. This website is great! I was looking for some ideas on what clothes to purchase for the fall semester and you list has helped me A LOT!

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  39. I forgot to mention that i also really love dark greens and almost any purple. Are they ok to wear in jewelry, shoes, purses, and clothes? I’d love to wear purples on anything but pants or jeans (but dark greens on everything, i think).

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  40. Wow. This list is three times the clothes I have. Aren’t these essentials to every woman’s closet? And how do you keep all of these clothes organized?

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  41. M.ae, here are a few places where you can find cute, affordable coats:
    old navy
    aeropostale
    gap
    forever21 (check their fabulous finds)
    american eagle

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  42. Ah i love this. I basically love all of your site. Its amazing because its really practical. I’m only a freshman in high school but I pretty much think that all of these are wardrobe staples and you should have them in high school, and by the time you’re in college you should definitely have all of these. Thanks so much!

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  43. Hey, just wanted to make a sugestion for all the sweats lovers out there. Faded Glory makes some jeggings that are amazing, but they have belt loops and pockets. so they are comfy enough to sleep in but nice enough to wear to class.They also come in the regular jean washes and bright colors.

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  44. What a great list of wardrobe essentials! This can be considered a “Bible” of college fashion in one post. Great stuff! Thanks for sharing.

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  45. what brand of black leggings do you recommend? ones that are not super thin, cheap to high quality brands.
    thanks
    xoxo

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  46. I’m soo happy i saw this post….
    This is really all i needed to know…
    A huge weight’s been lifted off my shoulder. I’m just so happy πŸ˜€
    Thanks!

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  47. omg this is exactly what i need for college
    this is the basic list i might add some to it but thanks for posting this i am going to start college in a few months and is was wondering what to pack :))

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  48. So, I love this post.

    It really helped me define my wardrobe this past year, which was great because I had an empty closet from my international move. Now it’s filled to the brim and I can safely check off the majority of what’s listed on here.

    I just need to get a good fall/spring jacket! I want one that’s both warm and not thick at the same time, so I can carry it around when the weather gets crazy and flip-flops between chilly and humid.

    I’m not done yet and will probably keep checking back for now, but this post is gold and will always be relevant to every college girl out there.

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  49. Hi! I liked a lot the list you’ve made. I started college this year and I spend about 10 minutes deciding what to wear before going to sleep (Just because I’m so indecisive!). Plus, it really prevents me from stressing and arriving late to class.
    I mostly wear jeans and sneakers, added to a cute tank or shirt and a blazer, and when the cold days arrive, I change my Chucks for biker boots or my classic Dr. Martens’ pair. I also throw in a colourful knitted sweater and a parka or a coat.
    I tend to dress really classy to college, but not because of my personal taste, I do think that every girl should have not only one, but many button-down diffrent shirts and one or two blazers (apart from the classic jacket). With a blazer, you can wear both a button-down shirt, a tank or a rock band tee and it will still look nice. Button-down shirts with diffrent cuts, patterns and styles make your outfit pretty much interesting.
    I just discovered this webpage, it will be really useful. Thanks a lot!

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  50. Rainboots and love sleeve tees are essential. No buts. It’s near impossible to walk across a huge campus in the rain without rainboots or at least waterproof sneakers and it gets freezing in the winter and what are you supposed to wear if not long sleeve shirts?

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  51. I have just found this blog and I love this list!
    I have 1 pair of bootcut jeans, 2 skinnys, 1 boyfriend and some skinny flares.
    I love skirts I have 4 little short skirts, 1 midlenth, and 2 maxi skirts.
    I am going to get a pineapple tracksuit.

    I would add a maxi dress to this list- everyone should have a floral maxi dress for the summer, I would also add some leggings or jeggings in a plain colour to wear under long t-shirts, Oh and a crop top for the summer, also a hat, scarf and gloves for the winter and a cute stylish hat and scarf for the summer

    :))

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  52. For winter boots, amazon is great. You can find a lot of inexpensive (and cute) boots suitable for snow etc. Also, if you’re vegan, they have several animal friendly boots as well. πŸ™‚

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  53. Dear Pooja-
    I believe selwar is traditional South Asian clothing, which is sooo beautiful. Every culture in the world tends to adopt Western styles except for Indians and Pakistanis- and that is because that clothing is so gorgeous! But if you want to look a bit more like an American college girl, I would suggest you start with clothing with a similar cut to what makes you comfortable. Maybe jeans with a embroidered cotton tunic or a simple T-shirt with a long drapey cardigan over it. If you mix it up with traditional jewelry you could have a very interesting look. Let your hair flow loose too! Big girls are “in” in America, even on TV, so you can take inspiration from others your size as well. Standards of beauty change constantly- its really all about being interesting and projecting a warmth and confidence from accepting yourself that draws people to you.

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  54. hi…i m 21 years old…but i m not look like college girl ….i m very fat so i just wear selwar…even my face also not look so good…what to do please can u help me..

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  55. Good start, but it’s a little unrealistic to say that people don’t wear sweatpants or never should wear them to class. People honestly don’t care that much about what people wear to class.

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  56. California does too have winters… sure, only the higher elevations get snow, but it’s still too cold for me down here!

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  57. I would have to say you’re missing one piece: CONVERSE! Or Keds. Keds look reallyyy good with summer dresses actually because they are almost like flats in their slim design. Especially the slip on keds!

    Otherwise, great article! Very helpful.

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  58. What I love about this list is that it was written in 2008 and it’s still useful in 2011. So great. The only thing is that this caters to winter clothing, and I live in Texas, so it is always hot at the start of school. In that case, I recommend maybe one or two pairs of jeans and investing more in nicer shorts. They can be cute, comfy and professional; plus, they don’t give you a heat stroke.

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  59. This is a GREAT list. I’m going to Boston for undergrad in about 6 weeks so I’ve gotta look good, and your list definitely gave me a few tips on where to start! C:

    If I may add something, I feel like one other essential for ALL girls that may need to occasionally look professional [job interviews, etc.] is one pair of either fake/real pearl earrings or hoop earrings. And the hoops must not be bigger in circumference than a quarter, if being worn for professional reasons, according to my mother! That rule of thumb does actually work pretty well in regards to staying classy.

    Thanks again!

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  60. I wish I had this going into my freshman year! I wanted to try a new style going into college to start a new me but I didn’t know what to get so I fell back into my own style. But this list is GREAT!! definitely make rainboots an essential and comfy clothes for the gym and a good pair of sneakers thats for sure! But everything else i will be sure to get!

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  61. I love this! I’m in high school, but I’ve been trying to build a good wardrobe for when I go off to college, and this reflects my style perfectly!

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  62. I have referred back to this site numerous times over the years, usually before the school year or at the change of the season. Each time I smile at the suggestions and am so glad I found this list, as it is the most fashion forward and practical list available for college girls. I had such a hard time finding a list of wardrobe essentials that was both practical and affordable. Since finding the list, I have become a daily reader of College Fashion β€” I love this site! Thank you.

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  63. I love this list, and wish I had seen it prior to moving into my tiny apartment. However I do have one comment – Even if you count the cardigans as tops, you only have about 12 tops – that’s just not enough for a school year!

    I would have to say that the rule for tops should be 10 – ten tanks (dressy and plain), ten everyday t-shirts (graphic print and plain), ten basic long sleeve (graphic print and plain)… with “cute” tops and a white dress shirt listed separately.

    What do you think? It gives you more variety and a little more room between wash day.

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  64. Hii
    I thought you should add casual shorts than can be worn in the day and work out clothes to your list.
    But other than that your list has been really helpful. thanks!

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  65. I adore this article!! I just finished my last year at university but I would so recommend this for anyone starting out… its also just good to know for even outside of school

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  66. Any ideas for how to make that wardrobe without jeans? Im only 5′ tall, and can NEVER find pants to fit me; I only have 1 pair of jeans (and theyre supposed to be capris on normal size people). I wish i could wear jeans, but I’ve been looking for years…

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  67. Love this post! I would add a pair of moccasins to the list (I wear Minnetonka but I have friends who love the lined UGG ones). They are so comfy and definitely a fall/winter staple.

    A black bandage high-waisted skirt is also a must, its so easy to throw on with a cute top, tucked in or not! Wear it with tights and a cardigan or a tank and you have a look that works for parties year round!

    And as far as rainboots, I have a pair of Hunters that I got for under $50! You can buy second or thirds (boots that are slightly scuffed or maybe the label is a little off-center) and its such a good investment, i wear them year-round with jeans, leggings, sweats, casual skirts and dresses!

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  68. Trench coats are definietely ok for college! Where I am, lots of kids wore them in high school, too. Being young doesn’t mean you have to be a slob and leave the house in sweatpants and a hooded sweatshirt everyday.

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  69. During my google surfing on college essentials, I came across this website and LOVE it…the articles are always so helpful, especially this one.
    One of my personal clothing staples is a little denim skirt; it’s like a creative way to not wear jeans and still have that denim that works with anything. I pair anything from flats, cute heels, graphic tees, blouses, blazers or a leather jacket with it. You look a little more dressed up, but still good for every day. Perfect for on campus.

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  70. I’m way beyond college age but I just want to say: you can hand or machine wash ( delicate cycle, cold water, lingerie bag, no machine drying) CASHEMERE! In fact if you check the J. Crew website they have cashmere wash (which I don’t use) but they explain that dry-cleaning make cashmere rough and flat. When I machine wash, they emerge soft and fluffy. I lay flat to dry but don’t even need to block or stretch it to keep the shape. Buy cashmere at a thrift store and try it out.

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  71. I love this article… I keep re-reading it whenever I need to update my wardrobe…

    Its sound really stupid but good underwear is a must to avoid visible panty lines with some clothing, or at least that’s why I have seamless undies. I’ve also been told to only wear cotton undies because they breath (one of my mothers many comments). I guess its just a personal thing thought. I’m a little OCD so I like my Bra’s and undies to match, but thats just me. πŸ˜€

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  72. Weird question…haha. Why is it so important to have good underwear? Like, I understand good bras, but why underwear? My mom only pays for me to get cotton hanes ones at target. πŸ™‚ haha

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  73. THANK YOU for this article. I’ve been in catholic school since Kindergarten and had no idea how to dress myself in something that didn’t include a plaid skirt. These are great suggestions am I’m totally using them when I go back-to-school shopping. thanks again!

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  74. Hey this is nice n helpful for those don’t hve idea what to wear. But i think there should be latest trend of garments so it will be more helpful for everyone who visit this site.Because many of us don’t know about latest trend so it will be a guideline for them.
    I hope u will think on my suggestion.
    Thanks.

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  75. I’m off to college in march.
    and I didn’t know where to start first.
    but now I know. thanks to you!
    thank you so much~^^
    this is so helpful!

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  76. Sperry topsider carries a lot of great quality really cute rain boots. They all come lined in a very soft felt like material, and they even have a version that looks like flats. Their only downside is that they only come in whole sizes.

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  77. Rain boots are absolutely ESSENTIAL if you are attending an older college with uneven brick pathways, because, trust me, those slight warps and dents down all the paths FILL with giant POOLS of water when it rains, and then you’re stuck fording a river in your jeans and flats and getting soaked to the knee if you’re not wearing boots.

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  78. I think that you guys all need a better fashion sense. Who just sticks to jeans and tank tops and cardigans. Are you kidding me. This is a fashion site. Girls mix and match everything in your wardrobe. Get that nice Forever 21 or express top and put it with a nice pair of dark wash jeans and look classy without even trying. Tank tops and cardigans are for girls who don’t care. That is my rainy day outfit. Ha, give you better advice if you want to get these girls noticed.

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  79. hi there
    thanx a ton for your amazing advice on wardrobe…i have been wastin my money since childhood on clothes bu counldt understand wat i wanted…thanx alot for this>>>..

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  80. A word re: Spanx: They’re not just for fat girls. πŸ™‚ I’ve seen PLENTY of skinny girls with lumps and bumps, and who really needed some smoothing down. So, FYI: Just because one is skinny, doesn’t mean everything lays the way it should.

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  81. This is a thoughtful, well-written article. Although I am well-past the college scene, I would have appreciated a similar piece for when I was heading off to college. Mad props to you!

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  82. Oh, as for rain boots… I got an awesome Coach pair on sale. (still expensive, but not as horrible as full price) They’re uber-cute. Try Urban Outfitters or Delia’s, too. They have some good deals.

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  83. This is a great list of stuff. These are all things I wear on a regular basis and would tell new college students to bring. Excellent job.

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  84. WOW!! I LOVEEEEEEE this website!! It really helped me, specially the page where it tells you what to wear to a college class. I will have no problem shopping this fall, I’m still gonna look good and I don’t care what people will say πŸ™‚

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  85. I won’t be starting college for a few years casue I’m still at high school in scotland but I still thought this post was amazing,I want to just throw all my stuff out and just buy everything on this list.I won’t though (:thanks for another amazing post.

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  86. Good list. Problem: Would like to find a place to buy matching sweats (yoga pants and hoodies) in a selection of colors for under $100.00 a set. As it is now, have to find yoga pants and then go on a separate hoodie quest to match the foldover colors on the yoga pants.
    Any suggestions? Plain sweat suits tend to bag– liking the yoga pants. And not willing to spend for Juicy, etc.
    Thanks.PS- : buy a travel jewlery container and the right kind of luggage can work for you besides moving in.

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  87. i totally agree with your list, but you definitely forgot yoga pants and t shirts! not those ratty tshirts you got from powder puff but something like the v neck american apparel tees. so versatile. and yoga pants are definitely a better alternative to sweatpants – they just look nicer

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  88. omgosh i love it ! i have basically all of those things, but i live in england and you know what, it is SO HARD to find a good pair of jeans! all you get is high street fashion, so like topshop etc, and all they stock is what ever is in at the moment, no classic styles tehre! apart from gap, but gap jeans dont tend to fit me so well. also, you can get abercrombie (all the way in london..) but the exchange rate means your paying almost twice the dollar pricef or them! its very sad haha, but american eagle do GREAT jeans, i am getting my aunt to bring a load over, hopefully that will help me next year ! sorrry that this turned into such a ridiculously long post… love your website though, and iwish fashion in england was more like htis ! i love the casual look πŸ™‚

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  89. this is good for younger girls as well maybe high school age, because it gives us an idea of what we really need to wear that is comfortable (not necessarily the heels).

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  90. Thank you so much for this article! It was so helpful…I am in my last year of high school (in England) and soon to go off to university so I found it at the perfect time. =D I am so glad to have found your blog, it looks like a great site from what I have seen so far.
    I plan to print out this article and take it with me for when I am shopping for clothes for university and basics etc! Totally agree about the well-fitting underwear, and the summer skirts are a must for me too. Although we don’t have much of a summer around here!
    Thanks again πŸ™‚

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  91. I go to a private high school where we are not allowed to wear blue denim, or sweats. Every girl supplements this by wearing simple yet cute dresses, colored denim, navy and tan khaki’s, and of course lulu lemons. I saw someone mentioned them, and they are GREAT. Check them out!
    Believe me, when those pants are paired with a cute t or cardigan, we look good, but not too preppy.

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  92. These are a good idea if you want to look like every other girl on your campus. Experiment! Try something different and unique!

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  93. Also, the opaque tights… I like the idea but I have no clue how to wear them! Do you have a post on how to wear them or can you put one up? I have a feeling they are going to be around for a while and I like the look, but I don’t know what to wear them with! What kind of shirt? What length? Layered with what? What kind of shoes go with them? etc.

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  94. I agree that sweatpants shouldn’t be worn to class. I would like to have a few more pants to wear than just jeans in different washes. What are some other type of pants you can wear to class that aren’t sweat pants but aren’t your usual blue wash jeans?

    Also, what should my price ranges be for the 4-5 jeans and my pair of splurge jeans?

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  95. What colors besides orchid, black opaque, and brown-black tights can i wear going back to college, so that i look older than tweeny or teenagey? I am very petite (4′ 11″), so i have trouble a lot, almost no matter how grown-up i try to dress. I also would like to know about: denim mini skirts (not too short), solid vs. patterned pencil skirts, jewelry that looks old enough but still like me. My favorite colors are reds, robin’s egg blue (sort of teal-ish blue), red-orange, soft yellows, raspberry red, and white. Also, are black or smokey gray pencil skirts in style this year (i don’t have any pencil skirts in those colors but i’d like one or two, If they’re trendy now)? I love your site so far!

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  96. You should also stock up on some cute jewelry for college, check out J Weber Jewelry- they’ve got some great stuff!

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  97. I just reread this post after a while today, and I have to say, you’ve hit the nail on the head with all of these suggestions.

    I found myself feeling like much of my clothing seemed juvenile, especially tees, so I would recommend you buy more shirts that straddle the line between casual and dressy. They can go both ways and are SO nice for a quick morning outfit.

    Another thing that I just got this winter, (clearly this is for if you are in a COLDDD campus), is a floor length puffy coat. It’s not going to be pretty, but you’re going to love it. It feels like taking your comforter to class. It’s fabulous.

    This is essentially my wardrobe…plus or minus 10 pairs of flats, but hey, they layer well with tights.

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  98. I love this list. I was wondering if you think I could get most of the essentials for $300.00 I have some jeans but thats about it. Before now I have only worn jeans and t-shirts, but I really want to change my style for college. Thanks for the great advice!

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  99. i’m starting college in a few weeks and this list was so great something my parents wallet appreciated too, hehe i totally agree about the jeans and sweats thing unless it’s must i’m living with my parents during college and my dad is really old fashioned and would freak if i wore pajama pants or sweats to a class, GREAT JOB!! i have everything on the list well except spanx although my mom has some and i’ve heard great things about them but THANKS SO MUCH!!

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  100. love this site. I just discovered it today. I really need to print this and take it with me when I go school shopping. Thanks! Does anyone know where to find cute (designer) school supplies?

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  101. GREAT list.

    I start college in September and I’m so glad I found your list.

    Although I’m from Jamaica it’s still practical for me, with a few tweaks of course.

    Love the list, thanks for making it!

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  102. Thank you SO much for this post, I have been looking for a list like this for quite a while now!
    I also like having some graphic tees and soffe shorts (maybe or maybe not together) in my wardrobe. Graphic tees can give an outfit a whole different vibe, and soffe shorts are good for anything from sleeping to working out to going out on a warmer day… just my two cents though :]
    Thanks again!

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  103. Wow! I am very impressed with this article and website in general.

    I’m starting my freshman year of college in the fall and just came across your site after googling “college dorm shopping.” College shopping is daunting to me right now, but I think your articles are really going to be a big help.

    You have great suggestions. Your style is definitely reflected in your articles. I appreciate all of your correct grammar and sentence structures. (Have you ever gotten that left as a comment? haha) I’m a perfectionist and love all of the items you identified. This site is definitely in my favorites now.

    Anyway, thank you! πŸ™‚ Keep it up!

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  104. Wow I can’t thank you enough for this list. I am most definitely printing out this article when I go shopping. Your suggestions were both sensible and fashion forward. Many people forget that college freshmen are not all rich girls made of money. So I thank you so SO much!

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  105. Hunter rainboots are GREAT! They come in a million colors and you can buy fleece inserts for them to make them warmer for the winter. Only downside is they are pretty expensive (about $100), but they’re totally worth it.

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  106. Hi!
    Thanks so much for this list. I have to go shopping in a couple days, and honestly I was lost!!
    One essential thing I am adding to my personal list is shorts.
    Since Im going to study in a tropical country, shorts are a must. And, when its too hot/rainy for jeans, I usually wear 3/4s. They are definitely casual, but formal enough for classes. 3/4s go with all sorts of tops. And, they are super comfy : )
    But really, your essentials list did its job.
    I now have a shopping list ready, and I am no longer frustrated and totally confused.

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  107. That was definitely the most inclusive, non ridiculous fashion post I’ve ever read. You nailed it! I have just finished my first year of college and I wish I would have known these things before I left last fall! Thanks so much! I already have a list for all my summer shopping of basics I need.

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  108. I have one thing to add to the list- i find myself needing a lot of more casual acessories- my favorite go-to are a pair of fabulous earrings that i bought from premium pearl- they are so great to throw on and so classic!

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  109. This is amazing – I didn’t think it was possible to really summarize all this in a nutshell! Job well done…I only wish I had read this myself before entering college last fall! hahaha oh well it’s not too late to change up some stuff!

    I actually had a question…I’ve decided to go “bolder” on my usual look. Wear things that stand out, and make a statement. Any suggestions? My style of preference would def. have to be the surfer/preppy/laid back type. haha thanks!

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  110. this site was just what i was looking for im starting college this fall and i won’t be able to carry my whole closet with me all i need are the basics awesomeness!!!!!!

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  111. this is quite helpful too…

    definitely get some cute t-shirts with little pictures on them :), they will make an outfit look cute and happy!!

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  112. Reni – Hmm, I guess if it works for you then it’s cool. I’m just not a fan – jeans aren’t uncomfortable, and they look so much better. Wearing sweats out of the house once in a while might be okay (I’ve worn sweats to a final once or twice), but I don’t think they’re appropriate for classes on the regular.

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  113. I like this list a lot…everything is so true. Only thing I don’t agree with is the not wearing sweats to class thing. Maybe it’s because I go to a huge school spread over 5 different campuses in two different towns and we all have to take our campus buses to get to class (seriously if there’s traffic it could take 45mins to get to your next class) and for such instances I need to be comfy so I can whip out a textbook and highlighter and get to studying/or start writing a paper or w/e…sweats are essential. I mean what if it’s snowing or raining or you just happen to feel like crap. And this is all coming from someone who lovessssss fashion….but some days nothing can beat a great, comfy pair of sweats.

    Ok…my rant is over now. Again, great list!

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  114. Shar – Totally true. And doesn’t it feel sooo good to toss stuff you never wear? It’s like a burden lifted off your shoulders!

    Sandra – Oh good! And I will def. have to check those out, I’m still searching for the perfect pair…

    Melanie – Ah, hoodies are definitely a winter staple. In fact, my room is freezing so I’m wearing one right now!

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  115. this is a great list this is my shopping guide for summer. I your looking for cute rain boots you can get a pair at Victorias Secret they have two really cute pairs.

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  116. Ò€œGo either very cheap or very expensive. ItÒ€ℒs the middle ground that is fashion nowhere.Ò€Karl Lagerfield.

    I completely agree! I’m purging my closet right now and trying to closely fit with this list–i’m not in college, but it’s still hellpful, right? Yeah, it is. :-). Most of the stuff i’m donating/tossing are items that are middle priced.

    Thank you so much for this (realistic) guide!

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  117. This is such an awesome idea for a blog! There is good for girls getting ready to go to college and are worried about what college girls wear so they will fit in. It is so true that college is a time to start developing your wardrobe. This is true especially when you are a junior and senior like me and are going on interviews for internships and jobs. Once you get the basics down, you can start finding whats good for you.

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  118. M.E. – That’s good to know! With the few cashmere items I have, I just try not to wear them too often, or at least not spill things on them. I get them dry cleaned if there’s a spot or anything, but for the most part I just keep them really clean. Now that I know I can hand-wash, that will definitely be a time-saver.

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  119. Not that most college girls have the time and space to hand-wash stuff, roll it in a towel to get the excess water out of it, and then lay it out flat to dry… but regardless of what the label may say, hand-washing (preferably in something like Eucalan, or Woolite with a small amount of hair conditioner in the final rinse) is way, way, way better for cashmere and other animal fibers (wool, alpaca, etc) than dry-cleaning.

    Washing won’t break down the fibers, but the dry-cleaning chemicals might, so your cashmere will last longer if you hand-wash it!

    Also — I have Uggs that I love, but they don’t have suede below the ankle, just smooth leather, the Brooks style. They don’t look “like Uggs” when I wear boot-cut jeans over them, because only the smooth leather part shows, they’re very durable if you take care of them, and I don’t think I’d be able to survive Ohio winters without them. (It’s my theory that the Uggs that fashion people object to are the all-suede ones, especially in light colors that show dirt easily, and worn with inappropriate outfits. They won’t go with that one nice not-necessarily-black dress, yo.)

    I would add to this list: several long-sleeve tees in different colors. You can layer them under the cardigans and over the tanks on really cold days, you can wear them with your loungewear, etc. They’re versatile and useful.

    I’d also suggest that the spring/fall jacket be water-resistant. πŸ˜‰ (April showers, etc!)

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  120. Wow, this article is so so so useful! Thanks for writing such a great great guide!
    I also got happier cuz i have almost all of those items on my wardrobe and i use them a lot going on college classes, so it showed me i was right on my choices hehe.
    thanks again and congrats for this great great magnifiqué article and website, im in love with it!

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  121. Amy – So happy you found the article useful! It’s true -every list of “essentials” I’ve seen online has always been totally unrealistic! We can’t all be walking around every day in “classic trenches”, little black dresses and diamond studs, come on now!

    Brittany – That’s true, I would definitely put uggs in the winter shoes/boots category if they’re your thing. I personally don’t have any but if you love them and that’s your style, they are a really popular and practical choice.

    Choo Choo – Haha, you’re so right. I can’t help but laugh when I read some of those “essential” lists. I don’t know who they were written for sometimes but it definitely wasn’t for a college girl! I’m happy you liked this list and thanks for the nice comments πŸ™‚

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  122. This post is so on point! I couldn’t agree more about what you suggested for the college girl — I have all those things in my wardrobe for the past fall and spring semesters.

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  123. *raises hand* I lose things ALL the time. Totally found something that works. Carabiners. (Google ’em, you’ll see what I mean). I seriously put them on everything that has a loop on it (keys, camera strap, UMBRELLA). It’s great because once you’re done using whatever it is, you clip it to the handle of your purse, backpack, belt loop, whatever. It works perfectly for umbrellas, because it can stay out to dry, so you’re not soaking your stuff, but you still have it stuck to you so that you can’t leave it behind!

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  124. Cadi – Haha! I just pictured a baby giraffe trying to run, that’s a really great mental image. And yes, scarves! I forgot that one, even though I just posted about cute scarves the other day…

    Alyssa – Thanks! I’m happy this post helped πŸ™‚

    Lauren – I like the idea of a cute umbrella but the problem is I ALWAYS lose umbrellas. Every time I’ve had one I liked, I left it at a party, in a classroom, or put it down somewhere stupid and forgot about it. I can’t be trusted with a cute umbrella!

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  125. these are great suggestions!
    One i have that is fashion related but not clothes is a cute umbrella! its something you will use suprisingly more than you’d expect and it’s nice to have something beyond basic black..
    why not have an umbrella as stylish as you are!

    xoxo

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  126. I alwas read your site and I love it. This post is really great as a shopping list for clothes. Thank you so much

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  127. Oh how I love my ballet flats, but alas, I run like a newborn giraffe on ice in them. Since I’m almost constantly late, that’s a problem!

    The Payless ones are fab because they’re cheap, but still cute. Not the most supportive footwear on earth, but that’s what insoles are for.

    Another suggestion for good-to-have items…good scarves. They’re awesome. I wear one almost daily. You can wrap them any way you please, they help as good transition pieces (you can wear a lighter one with a T-shirt to add a little extra warmth), and with the wider ones, they double as wraps. Love!

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  128. Abby Daniel – No problem! I will see what I can do. And I know, I love that cardigan too!

    Cadi – Ah, I forgot sneakers, although I just usually just wear ballet flats in the fall. I only have 2 pairs of sneakers I think – some cute converse ones and a pair for working out. But I might have to check out those Payless ones..

    Amber – Ooh, good idea on the thermals. Those are definitely nice to have in winter. And yesss, flip flops. I like Havaianas, but A&F and Old Navy do make cute ones too.

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  129. This is a great post and am planning my wardroe around this as I type! I found a cool website that offers you some great style advice specific to you called istylista.com and is a onlne personal stylist service. There’s a great free trial where you cn get a taster or for only $30 you can buy a 30 page styls guide specific to you – it’s weirdly accurate!

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  130. I totally agree with this post, I own the majority of whats featured in here! I would also suggest stocking up on cute thermals for the winter and tons of cute flip flops from Abercrombie or Old Navy, they’re good shower shoes and you can match them with your wardrobe!

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  131. A good pair of cute sneakers. I don’t mean superhigh quality workout shoes, I mean just cute little sneaks that you can haul ass to class while wearing, while still looking good. I totally love the little Champion retro-style sneakers from Payless.

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  132. Wow thank you so much for your advise its really helped! Please post other places to buy cute clothes!! I love the tildon cardigan!

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