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18 Wardrobe Must-Haves Every College Girl Needs

6 Aug 2020

18 College Wardrobe Must-Haves

By Isabel Ugolini

Packing up your entire wardrobe into just a few suitcases as you move to school seems pretty impossible, and that’s because it is. For someone who lives and breathes fashion, deciding which clothes and accessories will make the cut is a daunting task. 

One thing I learned after living in a tiny shoebox for two years was that I seriously overpacked. Not only did I bring way more clothes (and shoes) than I would ever wear, let alone have the occasion to wear, they took up so much space in my already small room. What I did notice was that, week after week, I continually gravitated towards a few staples in my closet.

These 18 wardrobe must-haves will be your loyal companions as you pack up for school and decide what items are essential enough to take up precious space in your college closet.

1. Black skinny jeans


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MOTHER The Stunner Step Hem Ankle Jeans (Shopbop)

BDG Twig Ripped High-Waisted Skinny Jeans (Urban Outfitters)

2. Basic tees

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James Perse Sheer Slub Crew Neck Tee (Shopbop)

3. White Sneakers

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Adidas Women’s Stan Smith Lace Up Sneakers (Bloomingdale’s)

Try Nike AF1 for a sporty look, or Golden Goose for a boho look.

4. Backpack or Everyday Tote


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Dagne Dover Dakota Medium Backpack (Shopbop)

Botkier Highline Large Leather Tote (Bloomingdale’s)

5. Going Out Bag


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UO Croc Baguette Bag (Urban Outfitters)

UO Mallory Flap Crossbody Bag (Urban Outfitters)

6. Blue Jeans (Mom / Straight / Skinny Jeans)

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BDG High-Waisted Mom Jean - Light Wash (Urban Outfitters)

Levi’s Wedgie Icon Straight-Leg Jeans (Bloomingdale’s)

J Brand Alana High-Rise Ripped Cropped Skinny Jeans in Argo Destruct (Bloomingdale’s)

7. Denim Mini Skirt

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Boyish The Corey Ripped Denim Skirt in Dr. Strangelove (Bloomingdale’s)

8. High Waisted Denim Shorts

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Levi’s 501 Original Denim Cutoff Short - Luxor Light (Urban Outfitters)

9. Chunky Hoops


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Tessa Chunky Tube Hoop Earring Set (Urban Outfitters)

10. Sweat Sets

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Theo & Spence Cropped Paint Splatter Hoodie (Bloomingdale’s)

Theo & Spence Paint Splatter Sweatpants (Bloomingdale’s)

11. Blazer

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The Kooples Marta Single Button Blazer (Bloomingdale’s)

AQUA Peak-Lapel Plaid Blazer (Bloomingdale’s)

12. Going Out Jacket

BLANKNYC Faux Leather Moto Jacket (Bloomingdale’s)

13. Platform Sandals

Dolce Vita Women’s Larita Strappy Espadrille Platform Sandals (Bloomingdale’s)

14. Strappy Heels

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Sam Edelman Women’s Leeanne High-Heel Strappy Sandals (Bloomingdale’s)

15. Going Out Mini Dress


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UO Mallory Cowl Neck Slip Dress (Urban Outfitters)

16. Summer Dress

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French Connection Verona Puff-Sleeve Dress (Bloomingdale’s)

Aqua Printed Eyelet Dress (Bloomingdale’s)

17. Crop Tops


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UO Emma Cupro Smocked Cami (Urban Outfitters)

Out From Under Hailey Seamless Plunge Bra Top (Urban Outfitters)

UO One-Shoulder Tie Tank Top (Urban Outfitters)

18. Satin Cami

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7 For All Mankind Lace Trimmed Camisole Top (Bloomingdale’s)

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