As I said Thursday, I had a lot of wardrobe staples for you girls. Part two mainly consists of shoes and accessories you may find yourself needing. So let’s jump right in.
- “Going out” dress: Parents…earmuffs. Like I said, recently a college student. You’ll want one. Your little black dress and sundress I mentioned don’t get to count as this. Get a separate skimpy dress that’s reserved for your school’s bar street. That’s all. Moving on.
- Cardigan sweater: These are nice to have when it’s warm outside and freezing in the classroom.
- Scarf: Not only are they fashionable, they’re functional.
- Watch: You can invest in a really nice watch or something trendy, that doesn’t really matter. I found having a watch handy for presentations I wasn’t allowed to have my phone during and for timed tests was useful.
- Stud earrings: You’ll thank me later when you want a little extra glam. I like a simple pair of diamond (or CZ, because college budgets).
- Statement necklace: Any kind will do. It’s just something extra to add to an outfit.
- Neutral tights: Sometimes you won’t want your legs to show, like if you haven’t shaved them in two weeks or it’s cold.
- Cross-body bag: This will come in handy (literally because free hands…pun intended) walking to class, going downtown on the weekends or just bouncing from building to building.
- Backpack/large tote: You’ll need something to carry to class.
- Riding boots: I personally love riding boots, and I loved them during school. It was nice when it was raining or snowing. They’re warm, and they’re cute.
- Ballet flats: Choosing a neutral pair are great if you go to school on a large campus and have a kind of presentation or career fair. They’re going to be more comfortable than heels. They’ll also look great with shorts, skirts, dresses, and jeans.
- Sneakers: The athletic look is really trendy right now, and I carted my New Balance sneakers to college with me before they were cool. They’re great to wear when you’re going from class to the gym or just anywhere, because you do you.
- Heels: Playing off of your “going out” dress, get some fun shoes to wear with it. But please (this is a big sister lecture, you guys), keep. them. on. your. feet. Make sure they’re at least comfortable enough you can walk home in. Don’t be that girl hammered, walking up the street, holding your shoes. Please just do that one thing for me.
I really hope you found this helpful. I don’t know a whole lot about being 23, since I only turned 23 in June. But I’ve already been 18, so I know a little about that. Let me know if there are any other essentials you think college students need in the wardrobes in the comments below!