College Clothes Essentials: What You Should Have in Your Closet

Women now make up 54% of the college population. Are you one of the millions of young women going to college in the fall?

If you are, now's the time to start thinking about your college wardrobe. How you dress says a lot about you. Make sure you have the right college clothes to get you through the semester.

Read on to learn more about college clothes essentials and what you should have in your closet this fall.

College Clothes Staples

Like kitchen staples, clothing staples are important. These are the essentials that should always be in your closet.

If you're like most people, you open your closet and drawers at home and start cramming everything in your suitcases a few days before it's time to go off to school.

Taking the time to think it through allows you to pack efficiently and use less space in your already small dorm room or off-campus apartment.

Focus on the college clothes that make great staples that you can build your wardrobe around and leave the rest at home!

Here are some clothes you shouldn't leave home without.

If you don't already have them, consider adding them to your wardrobe. On a tight budget like most college students? Add classic pieces a little at a time.

Jeans, Jeans, Jeans

Everyone wears jeans, and they're the perfect college wardrobe staple.

Jeans come in so many styles, washes, and colors. It's easy to find a pair that fits well and feels comfortable. A good fit is important. Make sure they're not too tight or too loose.

You'll want to have at least four pairs. Invest in a couple of dark-wash jeans that pair well with almost anything.

It's great to have at least one trendy pair, like the season's perfect ripped jeans. But don't invest in more than one. You don't want to have to buy all new jeans when the trends change.

The great thing about jeans is no one notices if you wear the same pair twice in one week. Just throw on a different top and you've got a whole new outfit.

Leggings Are Key

Leggings don't have the best reputation, but even the fashion magazines are on board with their ease and versatility.

Leggings are comfortable and stylish. They're a classic college wardrobe staple.

Match leggings with a great t-shirt, a long sweatshirt, boots, cute sneakers or whatever you like best.

The key with leggings is their versatility. They come in a plethora of styles and colors. But plain black leggings match anything in your wardrobe. It's a good idea to invest in a couple of pairs!

Make sure you're wearing a top that's long enough and add a couple of smart accessories and you're ready to hit the classroom.

Beat the Heat

A couple of classic pairs of denim shorts are great to beat the heat for that first month of school. Just because the semester's starting doesn't mean the weather has cooled off yet.

Don't forget at least one pair of shorts for that first month. But, you won't need more than two pairs, unless you're going somewhere with a hot year-round climate.

Pair with a long-sleeve shirt for those mildly hot fall days. Or dress them up with a pretty feminine blouse.

Flannel Fun

Flannel is fashionable on college campuses. A couple of cute flannel button-down shirts in your favorite colors are a must-have.

A great flannel shirt is comfortable and pairs well with any type of jean. This is the perfect study ensemble!

With a couple of flannel shirts and a few different types of jeans, you've got an endless array of outfits.

A cute pair of waterproof boots pair great with jeans and a flannel shirt and help get you through those cold wet winter days.

Classic Basic Shirts

It's tempting to stuff your suitcase with as many shirts and blouses as you can, but remember that limited dorm-room closet space!

Invest in a few basic shirts in neutral colors with different necklines - V-neck, scoop, and classic. This gives you many options without overly stuffing your precious closet space.

Classic black, gray, and white shirts pair well with any bottoms and accessories.

The Perfect Dress

Most college days, you'll be comfortable and casual. But it's a good idea to bring at least one nice dress. It doesn't have to be black, but whatever color suits your skin tones best.

Unless you like to wear dresses all the time, don't stuff your closet full of dresses you won't likely wear.

If you're rushing for a sorority, you'll need at least one dress. If rushing, you'll learn what type of wardrobe is best. You'll also need to get acquainted with a few specific terms for Greek life.

Cardigans Rock

Rolling into winter, you'll want a few basic cardigans. Cardigans come in many styles and colors making it easy to find something that suits your taste and skin tone.

Don't worry if you don't have 100% cashmere. Who has time or money to go to the dry cleaners?

Find a couple of affordable cardigans at your favorite store. Pair a cardigan with jeans or leggings. If you're wearing leggings, make sure your cardigan is long enough.

Colorful Scarves

Scarves are a great way to extend your wardrobe. You can wear the same pair of jeans and a black t-shirt two days in a row if you pair them with two different scarves. No one will know the difference!

Honest, a few colorful scarves allow you to wear similar clothes day after day while keeping your wardrobe fresh.

Shoes, Shoes, Shoes

Shoes take up a lot of space, but you'll need several pairs for a perfect college wardrobe.

A great pair of boots, sneakers, a pair of heels, and a couple of pairs of casual flats are a great starting point.

Ready for College!

Now you've got your college clothes staples and you're ready to pack!

Remember to wear what's comfortable and looks best on you. Let your inner confidence shine and you'll look great.

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