Happy Monday y’all. I am SO excited to finally announce that today is the start to my very anticipated college blog series. I first want to thank you all for posting or emailing me suggestions on what content you would like for me to discuss. The plan here is for me to post either once or twice a week with some interesting content for y’all. So without further a do… let’s get started!
I decided to kick of the college blog series with starting with college fashion essentials. As I look back to the summer of my senior year of high school (entering my freshman year of college) I had NO idea on exactly what I should bring with me to college. Let me back up a little and say I went to a boarding school where we had a semi strict dress code. And yes, that meant I was no allowed to wear jeans. I am kind of embarrassed to admit but I think I got my first real pair of jeans my junior year of high school. For some reason jeans just weren’t my thing. I was raised in a household where in the fall/winter months I would just put on a pair of cords and just felt comfortable wearing that. Or even a dress with tights. I knew that was about to change when I entered the world of college. I remember this day perfectly when my mom and I went shopping a couple of weeks before school started and the fall essentials slowly entered the shelves. To make matters easier below I have put together some clothes / stables that I purchased at J.Crew before entering my freshman year that I have worn multiple times through out college.
Before my “shopping” trip I had a lot of skirts, blazers, dresses, cords, vests, and peacoat. Kind of the staples but not necessarily the essentials. I knew I needed more casual clothes that I can wear to class and spend hours in the library studying and feeling comfortable. I have always been a person who enjoys dressing up because it makes me feel more productive and more put together but let me tell you high school seniors, you WILL wear sweatpants to class. I don’t care how many times you tell yourself you won’t, trust me you will. I did MANY times especially during the winter and trust me, you won’t be the only one. It is really important to have a good couple of jeans. You want the stretchy kind of course to be comfortable while lounging in your dorm room and talking to your friends but you also want a nice pair that makes you look more presentable especially if you have an event outside of school (think business school dinners/speakers). You also will be giving presentations in class and this is the day where you do NOT wear the sweatpants. People still do it, shocking I know.
Summer/Early Fall Going To Class Look:
This outfit is a perfect going to class / spending time with friends outfit. It is very light (perfect for late August or early September months) and is very comfortable and modest for class. I can’t tell you how many times I wore similar outfits like this to school. Definitely a winner in my book!
Going Out Look:
So I have to say finding “going out” clothes is really tough. I don’t know what it is but it was something that I really struggled with in college, and frankly I still struggle with it. It is definitely a lot easier in the warmer months (May, August, September) because all I would have to do is put on a dress and some cute sandals and call it a day. In the cooler months especially the months in the winter it was really hard. I would ALWAYS wear jeans and a cute flowy top but I felt like I needed a thousand flowy tops to add variety to my outfits. It is also really important in those cooler months to invest in a cheaper jacket. Whether it is leather or whatever you will need a jacket. You will see so many college girls running around (when its snowing) with heels and bare arms and honey, they look ridiculous. Not very smart. One other tip that I have is buy shoes and wear shoes that you don’t have a very close attachment too. These shoes WILL get dirty and you will go through many of them. I would often shop at Target and buy a lot of sandals and booties that are still cute and practical but I didn’t mind throwing them out when they were completely worn out. Now my biggest tip of them all, buy a portable phone charger with a battery. Your phone will die many times when you are out with friends and you never want to be at the wrong place at the wrong time with a dead phone. When I was in college these portable chargers weren’t really a thing so count your blessings that everyone is using them!
In the fall/winter months I plan on doing a very similar post as to what I just did. Seasons change and so do the outfits. Another little piece of advise, before going out and spending tons of money before heading to school, do yourself a favor and look around. What are people wearing? I’m not telling you to change your style to match others around you but it also refreshing to know what others are wearing so you get a better sense of the new “normal”. You will be going back home for fall break/thanksgiving and that is the time to really start adding to your college wardrobe.
Stay tuned to episode 2!