Wardrobe Essentials for College

It’s that time of the year again, when many of you are preparing to step out of the comfort of your home, and enter the uncharted territory of college. And the first thing that comes to your mind is-how should I dress up? This can be a daunting questing for most, considering that you’ve spent almost fourteen years of your life wearing the same uniform every day.

For most of us, entering college means we can finally flaunt our fashionable side. You can experiment with new looks and style to see what suits your personality. However, being fashionable throughout your college may sound like an impossible feat, especially if you are planning to live in a hostel. But if you spend your money wisely, you can nail it. Read on to find out how.

1. Jeans

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Yes, this may sound banal, but investing in a few good pair of jeans is absolutely essential for your wardrobe. They are the most versatile pieces of clothing in a girl’s wardrobe-you can pair them with t-shirts, cropped tops, Kurtis or sweatshirts. If you are of the experimental type, you can go for colored, printed or distressed denims.


2. T-shirts

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Another sartorial must-have for college. These days, you have a variety of printed t-shirts to choose from. From your favourite superhero to witty, sarcastic quotes, you can look effortlessly chic in a t-shirt and jeans.


3. The classic LBD

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This is one dress staple which every woman should own, irrespective of their age. No, I’m not trying to be the cliché-queen here, but an LBD is the most versatile piece of clothing that you can own- you can wear it both to your girl’s night out or your internship interview.


4. White blouse

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A well-tailored white blouse can be easily dressed up or down, depending on the occasion. Pair it with a fitted pair of trouser or a pencil skirt for your job/internship interview, or wear it with a classic blue denim and some accessories for a casual yet stylish look.


5. Dress pants

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A pair of black or grey dress pants can come in useful if there’s any formal event that you have to attend in college. Make sure you own a well-fitted pair of dress pants.

6. Kurtis/Indian wear

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They say, when in Rome, do as the Roman do. Similarly, if you’re studying in India, you can’t not have Indian wear in your wardrobe. A white chikankari kurta and churidaar, worn with a red bandhni dupatta will be the ideal way to channelize your inner desi belle. Also, these days, you have plenty of options to look stylish even in Kurtis. Fashion brand and designers in India are adding a fun element to traditional wear in the form of funky prints in order to appeal to give it a fun and boho-chic vibe. And needless to say, it has been a major hit with the youth.

7. Versatile pieces of jewelry

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Even the most stylish outfit may look blah at times, if you’ve not paired it with the right kind of jewelry. Therefore, investing in some versatile pieces of jewelry is essential. It can elevate your style quotient. You can buy chunky neck pieces, earrings or finger rings, as per your style, and pair them up with your outfit.

However, you MUST remember not go overboard with jewelry. If you’re already wearing a large neck piece, don’t wear earrings and finger rings too-all at the same time. Stick to only one piece of jewelry, so that it can stand out.

8. Multipurpose bag

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From your notebooks, books to other essential items such as lip balm, mobile charger, wallet, etc. a bag becomes an integral part of your college life. Therefore, it is essential that you own at least two to three multipurpose hand bags, such as a satchel or a tote. You can get them in both neutral colors such as dark brown or beige, and bright, solid colors such as red, orange and blue. The latter will be ideal if you have plans to go for a party after college.

Apart from these, you must also invest in a fancy evening clutch. Black satin and metallic gold and silver are the most iconic evening clutches. It has a classic appeal and will go effortlessly with your LBD.


9. Trendy footwear

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“I have enough shoes. I don’t need anymore”- said no woman ever. Whether it’s a pair of black pumps, flip flops, or pointed stilettos, our love for footwear is eternal. When buying shoes, however, keep in mind the season of the year that’s prevailing. For example, during rainy seasons, steer clear of heels and/or footwear made of fabric. Instead, go for the stylish footwear made of rubber that is available these days.


So folks, I hope now that you’ve read the list, you’re less anxious about what to pack for college. However, it’s only the basic sartorial necessities that I’ve mentioned above. You can certainly try out other types of clothing to see what suits you, and wear it to college. But, keep in mind that you shouldn’t wear something just because it’s in vogue. If you are not comfortable wearing something, then don’t waste your money on it.

Always remember, that you’ll look your stylish best only when you’re comfortable in what you’re wearing. And don’t forget to wear a confident smile on your face. It’ll certainly brighten up your look!

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