How To Design Your College Wardrobe

Packing your entire wardrobe for college can be very tempting especially not knowing what your going to need, and what you wont need. Eventually after the first year or two, you’ll get the hang of it. But for now, I’m going to give you a few pointers on how to design your college wardrobe.

Your wardrobe is going to consist of 3 simple, yet different categories: Hangout clothes, Night out clothes, and Business attire clothes. I know what your thinking, thats all I need? The answer is yes.

Hangout Clothes

hangout clothes

This category of your wardrobe is going to consist of what you wear on campus to class, the dining halls, the library, and just to…hang out. If I were you, I would pack the heaviest in this category considering this is how you will be spending most of your time on campus. These are going to be a combination of your “bummy & yummy” clothes (refer to post) along with everything else you consider to be comfy. Some things in this wardrobe include:

  • Leggings
  • T-shirts (long and short sleeve)
  • Sweaters
  • Flannels
  • Sweat shirts
  • Cotton/nylon shorts
  • Causal jeans
  • Campus apparel/organization apparel
  • Sneakers/moccasins/boots
  • Hats

Night Out Clothes

night out

Depending on what your schedule is like at school, you might want to pack some night out clothes for the times where you give yourself a break from all the school work. “Night Out” doesn’t necessarily have to mean college Frat parties, but could be depending on how you like to spend your time. Other occasions could be a girls night out, going to dinner, going on dates, formals, or going out to the local bar. Some things in this wardrobe include:

  • High waisted or regular jeans/black pants
  • Sweater dresses, cocktail dresses
  • Little black dress (LBD)
  • Blouses
  • Bodysuits
  • Tunics
  • Crop tops
  • Two piece sets (skirt, shirt)
  • Boots (heel or wedge)
  • Wedges
  • High heels
  • Your choice in accessories (rings, bracelets, necklaces)

Business Attire Clothes

business attire

This is the category that you could most likely (obviously depending on your lifestyle) could pack the lightest in for your college wardrobe. The reason it is necessary to still have is for class presentations, interviews, campus events, and internships. It’s always good to be prepared and to practice dressing professionally. The good thing about this category is that you may be able to pull things from your hangout clothes and night out clothes wardrobes and make them work for business attire. Some things in this wardrobe include:

  • Collard blouses/ regular blouses
  • Dress pants
  • Blazer
  • Pencil skirts (long)
  • Tailored dresses
  • Flats (shoes)
  • Booties
  • Short Suede(shoes)
  • Causal accessories

Something to keep in mind is to pack by season! It’s so much easier according to season and weather and changing your clothes over winter break and spring break. It’ll give you more room to store your clothes and keep your wardrobe more organized. I hope these tips help you in designing your own college wardrobe! I have added more pins in relation to this post on my College Girl Tips pin board for more ideas! XOXO

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