When you’re in college, your fashion sense revolves around maintaining a balance between stylish, comfortable and sustainable. Although you’d love to keep up with changing trends, at the same time, you also have to be careful about staying away from clothes that’ll be unwearable next season. What you need, is to start looking at your wardrobe choices as a long-term investment that’ll last you your entire college life.

If you’re a sucker for fashion, it can be particularly hard for you to trim the fat and pick the essentials out of a wide array of glamorous choices. While your college wardrobe does need to cover the basics, it doesn’t have to be all boring.

Still not sure how to go about it? Well, we’re here to help with a couple of wardrobe essentials for all you college girls out there:

 

1. A pair of comfortable jeans

1. A pair of comfortable jeans

Jeans are the basics of a college girl’s wardrobe. These are going to be the most versatile garments in your entire closet…your clothing bestie of sorts. You need to find a style of jeans that suits you best and then stock up on 2-3 similar pairs. Make sure you invest in a style that’s not very seasonal so you’re always dressed in vogue. You can rotate these through the week or maybe even repeat the same pair twice…we promise nobody’s going to notice!

 

2. Few basic tees and tank tops

2. Few basic tees and tank tops

While in college, you need to stock up on basic tops in neutral colours like white, black, grey, etc. They’re extremely versatile and can be paired with almost all your bottoms. You can wear them as is or pair them with a nice jacket or cardigan. The options and combinations to experiment with are infinite. It’s amazing how these handfuls of basic tees can help you pull off a new, trendy look everyday!

 

3. A formal white shirt

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While college is better known for its liberal student life…let’s not forget that the real purpose of it is to prepare yourself for the professional world. In the process of doing so, you might often find yourself in a corporate setting either during class presentations or while applying for internships and jobs. A setting like this requires a certain level of sophisticated dressing. A formal white blouse or shirt is one of those evergreen outfits that work for absolutely any kind of formal setting so make sure you have at least one of these in your closet.

 

4. A sweatshirt

4. A sweatshirt

College life is incomplete without a hoodie in your wardrobe. It’s probably the first thing that comes to mind when students think of comfortable clothing. No matter how fashion savvy you are, once in a while, we all have those demotivated days where you have neither the energy nor the inclination to dress up. All you want to do is walk straight out of bed, get to class, do the drill and then come right back to bed. On a day like this, a sweatshirt is basically your soulmate and it’ll help carry you through the day.

 

5. A leather jacket

5. A leather jacket

Looking to play up that boring college outfit? There’s no better way to have some fun than embracing leather jackets. Pair them with a basic pair of jeans and tee or that cute little dress you just bought…this versatile number is just what you need to help you up the ante on absolutely any outfit you put on.

 

6. Black leggings

6. Black leggings

Leggings are your go-to on those lazy days when jeans just aren’t cutting it. This comfy number is your saviour for days when you want to wear sweatpants but don’t want to look like you just rolled out of bed. Leggings are extremely versatile and can be worn with almost anything to create an impactful outfit. But make sure to pair them with an oversized T-shirt or hoodie. Basically, anything that’s long enough to ensure you don’t have an embarrassing camel toe situation. Opaque black leggings are a classic, but feel free to experiment with printed or denim ones if you like!

 

7. A pair of ballet flats

7. A pair of ballet flats

Your college wardrobe is incomplete without comfortable footwear. But apart from comfortable, it also needs to be elegant and chic to perfectly complement the rest of that on-trend attire. Well, nothing does comfortably stylish better than a pair of ballet flats. These elegant classics are a must have for every college going girl. Ballet flats are a no-fuss footwear that’ll not only go with your casual and formal wear, but it’ll also complement your dressy outfits for when you want to ditch the heels and go out dancing.

 

8. A cross-body bag

8. A cross-body bag

Most college girls do have a fair bit to carry in their bags, so you need to be smart about picking this one. You need a bag that’s not too small because you need all your stuff to fit in; but it also shouldn’t be too large because you don’t want to be weighed down by having to lug it around.  Moreover, opt for a neutral colour that goes well with most of your outfits and a style that works for both day and night looks. A cross-body bag is an ideal choice for most college girls. Remember, as a college student, you’re not going to get the time to change your bag everyday. So choose smartly!

Once you’ve got all these essentials covered, college life is going to be such a breeze…at least in the fashion department!

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