I'm just began my junior year of college, proudly, with only two suitcases worth of clothes (backpack and purse does not count!). That's about three less than what I brought my first year. I learned a lot during my freshman year of college, and one of the first things I learned was that I definitely overpacked. Keep reading to find out what I'm glad I brought and what I wish I left behind!
1. Shoes you care about
Your college shoe wardrobe should be made up of two types of shoes- shoes you care about and shoes you don't care about. The shoes you do care about are investment pieces that can be worn to class, the gym, and functions/social events.
2. Shoes you don't care about
These are the shoes that you'll trash at tailgates, wear downtown and to disgusting house parties. You know these shoes will inevitably be ruined, and you're okay with that. Try not to spend more than $35 on these!
3. Leggings & yoga pants
Regardless of whether you are somebody who dresses cute for class or someone who lives in athleisure (me), I promise you that most college girls find a use for yoga pants or leggings!
I go to school in South Carolina, so shorts are a necessity for super hot days (most days). Here are a few of my favorites!
5. Cute tops & sweaters for class
NOT TO BE CONFUSED with t-shirts. Please please please try your best to not to bring a lot of t-shirts if you're going to be a FRESHMAN in college. I promise you, you will be provided with more t-shirts than you want.
6. A formal dress or two
**If you're in a sorority, you'll probably need more than one or two. You can wear any of these dresses to formals, functions, or socials. If you're balling on a budget, check out Poshmark or Curtsy!
7. A few good pairs of jeans
You probably won't wear denim as much as you wear leggings, but they make for a good transitional season outfit. Try to limit yourself to 3-4 pairs. I currently have about 8 pairs in college. I'm working on it. Here are some of my favorite pairs:
8. A few outfits for socializing
For outfits you go out in, try to pick a few key pieces you can mix and match with other clothes in your closet. In the summer, I wear a skirt or shorts with a cute top. Sometimes, I like to mix it up with a cute mini dress or matching set! In the winter, I swap the skirt or shorts with pants. Everyone has their own personal style, so wear whatever you feel most confident in!
9. A business casual or professional outfit
Most freshman won't need this during their first year, but if you decide to join a professional organization or fraternity (which I'm in!) or even a social sorority, you'll probably need some professional outfits for chapter and events. Also, most colleges have tons of networking events for all years, so it's always a good idea to pack something just in case!
10. Game Day Outfits
I go to an SEC school. Game days are HUGE. I definitely brought way too many game day outfits my freshman year. Try to mix in match pieces to avoid overpacking, especially since tailgates are seasonal.
11. Weather-friendly apparel
I didn't want to limit this one to just rain jackets, rain boots, swimsuits, etc. Every school is different, especially when it comes to the weather. Since I go to school in the South, it gets really really HOT. Sweltering, even. Our on-campus pool and most apartments have an outdoor pool that is open most of the year, so you know I'll be bringing a few bikinis to lay out in.
**Tip: Purchase a clothing rack if you have the space for it! It really helps free up closet space, and it makes for a cute room decoration.
I really hope this helps! College can be some of the best times of your life, don't waste any time cramming clothes in your tiny dorm room closet. Much love & stay tuned.