Wardrobe essentials for college students

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  • We created a list of essential wardrobe items that students need for college.
  • Every item on the list includes a need vs. want rating score and helpful student commentary.
  • Wardrobe essentials are indicated by a checkmark and you can click on any item to jump to our review.

Dorm Wardrobe
Essentials

     Tops/Bottoms
     Undergarments
     Outerwear
     Dress Clothes
     Shoes
     Hats
     Wallet/Purse
     Belts
     Watches/Jewelry
     Sunglasses

What Clothes Do I Need?

Need vs. Want Rating

Tops
0%
Bottoms
0%
Undergarments
0%
Outerwear
0%
Dress Clothes
0%

Frequently Asked Questions

How much clothing you bring is up to you, but we recommend having at least 2 weeks’ worth. How much clothing you bring is up to you, but we recommend having at least 2 weeks’ worth. Keep in mind that space in your college dorm is limited and students usually end up bringing too much clothing that ends up never being worn. The simple rule to follow is if you don’t wear it at home then leave it at home. To avoid overpacking you should strategically lay out your clothes to determine what’s worth bringing.

What Shoes Do I Need?

Need vs. Want Rating

Tennis Shoes/Running Shoes
0%
Casual Shoes
0%
Boots
0%
Flip-flops
0%
Sports Shoes
0%

Frequently Asked Questions

The amount and types of shoes brought by students vary drastically, from the person who wears the same pair of sneakers every day to people with a pair of shoes for every outfit. The typical college student has a pair of running shoes for class and the gym, casual shoes for class and socializing on weekends, boots for rainy or cold weather days, and flip-flops or slippers for lounging.

What Accessories
Do I Need?

Need vs. Want Rating

Belts
0%
Hats
0%
Wallet/Purse
0%
Watches/Jewelry
0%
Sunglasses
0%

Frequently Asked Questions

Students will also need to bring standard wardrobe and storage accessories with them to college. Everyone will need a purse or wallet for storing their personal belongings, identification cards, and cash/debit cards. You should also bring belts for casual and formal use. While not necessary, it’s nice to have a pair of sunglasses, a watch, jewelry, and some hats for extra style.

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