August 22, 2013

College Bound: clothes you need to pack for college

This is a continuation of my "College Bound" series. I've previously discussed affordable dorm packages, cheap textbooks, saving money and what to do the summer before you leave for college. Don't forget to follow along as I continue the series.

College is a time for re-inventing yourself, and it's a perfect time to get rid of all those clothes you never wear, or shouldn't wear. But people often forget some of the most important clothes you'll need when in college.

When packing for college, you don't tend to think about what clothes to pack other than jeans, t-shirts and the occasional party skirt.

for lounging around:
When you're in college and studying for tomorrow's midterm, the last thing you want to be is actually dressed in clothes. My go-to studying outfit for the study lounge or library is a pair of leggings and an oversized sweatshirt and Minnetonka slip-ons (this will even become your finals week outfit..) so packing sweats you're actually comfortable being seen in is a good idea. Go for graphic tees and oversized sweatshirts in neutral colors, and comfortable leggings and sweatpants for an easygoing study look.

College: comfort

for class and campus:
I'm that girl who thinks that it's disrespectful to wear shorts to classes when you're dealing with professors who have years of experience in the industry you're hoping to break into. But ask me in a couple weeks when I'm sweating to death on my way to class. For class, I usually wear a pair of skinny jeans with a cute top and sandals, or a sweater and boots, or leggings and a long shirt and boots or flats. Mix it up, but don't be that girl whose rear end is hanging out in front of her 40 year old professor and entire Intro to Sociology class - chances are, it'll be a packed room and they'll like what they see, and not in a good way.

College: every day

for presentations and meetings:
If you're any sort of Business major, don't even think about leaving home without business casual clothing! It'll become wardrobe staples for you. But even if you're not majoring in business, it's good to bring some more classy and business-y wear for any class presentations you may have, or important meetings. Some sororities require you to dress business casual to every chapter meeting, so it's always a good thing to have on you, or you may be screwed like I'm about to be!

College: business casual

for hitting the clubs:Don't forget to pack some hot numbers for nights out on the town - don't let your mom convince you otherwise, there will be nights out - with or without a fake ID. In most college towns, just showing your college ID is enough to get you into a club, but with a big black X on your hand. Most states are 18 to party, 21 to drink - so you can still have a great, sober time (or befriend an older person - that always helps!)

College: party

for more casual nights out:
The last thing you want to do is show up to a frat party in heels and a party dress. I've been to parties where these overdressed girls look out of place and like they're trying to hard, and have had Junior and Senior friends thank me for wearing jeans and flats and for looking normal. So make sure you pack some cute casual night clothes to wear if you're heading to a house party or off to dinner with some friends. My go-to outfit is usually a nice shirt with jeans and a pair of riding boots, and when its winter, I throw a fracket over it and hope for the best.

College: house party

for better-dressed functions:
If you're considering rushing a sorority, or there's a remote possibility you can be asked to a  guy friend's formal, then pack a semi-formal or formal dress. The last thing you'll want is to have to shell out tons of extra (unnecessary) money when you got a last-minute invite on an outfit that you could probably create from your closet at home. Even if Greek life events aren't a possibility, many clubs and organizations on campus have end of semester and end of year parties that require you to wear semi-formal dresses, and it's much less of a headache to just pack one or two and shove it in the back of your closet!

College: formal

for working out:
With college comes freedom, and ten times more responsibility, and half the amount of time you had before. Chances are you won't be playing as many sports as you did back in high school, so making sure you bring workout clothes for runs, or going to the gym is incredibly important. It's really easy to gain weight in college, especially your first year with the new food and lifestyle to get adjusted to. Plus, liquid calories are a killer, so you'll be working off the one-too-many beers you downed at the last party.

for supporting your team at games:
If you go to any university or college that has any sports teams, chances are you'll catch a game or two. You don't want to be that girl who's wearing your "team colors" but is really just a random red shirt you hate and almost threw out last year but thank god you didn't. Get some tshirts and college apparel that you can sport to your games, and extra points if you actually pay attention - these players may be famous some day!

for being someone different:
There's no secret that with college comes parties. I know I said it here already, but college is packed with parties celebrating any occasion - hey, it's Tuesday 3rd September, let's celebrate! - literally. Make sure you pack some costumes for any themed parties, or for Halloweekend!

College: costume

for nights out:
This is going to be one of the biggest pieces of advice I can give you: go to Aeropostale, or Target, or Walmart and GET YOURSELF A CHEAP JACKET! In addition to whatever night winter coats and jackets you own, BUY YOURSELF A CHEAP JACKET YOU DON'T CARE ABOUT! These are affectionately known as "frackets", or frat jackets - and the last thing you want to do is lose your North Face at a party. When you go to a frat party, everyone throws their jackets in one corner of the house and I can't tell you the amount of times I've almost walked away with someone else's jacket because it's so similar. Get one you don't care about and you'll be fine.

Good luck packing and moving in, and remember to have fun! Study hard and play hard - it'll be the time of your life!
TCD lineIn other news, I'm so so so sorry I've been MIA for the past couple days. After my awesome weekend and amazing John Mayer concert, I packed up and headed back to school and have been trying to perfect my new room and apartment on campus. I have a little balcony and living room and kitchen, and I love love looove my roommates so I'm so excited for a great year.

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