Packing for College: What Clothing Should You Bring?

When packing for college, we all desire a look that says something about our personality and cutting back your wardrobe can be extremely difficult sometimes. Yet, this all makes sense: a functional wardrobe is essential during such a pivotal time in life. If you are having trouble deciding what clothing to bring with you to college, fear not–this list will provide a few ideas on what you should bring that will hopefully help you out.

1. Transferable Clothing is a Must

College schedules are erratic; sometimes you will wind up in places you never imagined. For this reason, you should definitely have some outfits that are easily transferable between day and night; think about a combination of clothes that could, in a pinch, easily be remodeled into an alternate look.

2. Get a Few Pairs of Jeans

An ideal college wardrobe would consist of at least four pairs of jeans. You could choose different cuts and shades so that you have a variety for different occasions, but ultimately you should go with whatever feels most comfortable. The natural confidence exuded from wearing something you feel comfortable in is far more important than the look of the pants themselves.

3. Ladies, Don’t Neglect the Leggings

Leggings are extremely versatile and work great with a busy schedule. They fit in with a wide variety of styles and color schemes–so it never hurts to have a variety on hand for a little spontaneity every now and then. They’re relatively inexpensive and look great with almost anything!

4. Purchase at Least One Professional Outfit

Professional attire will always come in handy in college. In college, being professional is feeling professional, and that confidence starts with your wardrobe. Whether you are dressing for an academic conference, a presentation, or a networking event, owning at least one professional outfit is crucial.

One more word about today’s professional attire: most of today’s business environments prefer a business casual mode of dress. As a college student, this is good for you because your outfit can be comprised of something as simple as a white button-up shirt, dress pants, and a stylish blazer to bring it all in.

5. Tops are Tactical

Casual tops are a tactical choice because they expand existing wardrobe choices or work independently. Essentially, they keep your options open. When selecting tops, keep the color choices in mind–a casual top in a neutral color will never serve you wrong. You will also have a wide selection of different cuts and graphics to choose from (so you can even try on that Sometimes I Wet My Plants shirt you’ve been eying)–don’t be afraid to play around and see what you like best.

Sarah Harris

Sarah Harris: A passionate educator dedicated to inspiring learning through creativity and technology. Making education engaging and accessible for all.

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