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I find that there are a few necessities on campus these days that I always seem to turn to for convenient yet fashionable outfits. These items are perfect for any college campus, no matter the season or location, and a must to grab!

 

 

So if you are in college, about to go to college, or want to dress like you are in college, here are the 20 must-get items that you need!

Black Jeans

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High Riser Skinny Black JeansMadewell

Black jeans are the perfect dress up or dress down pants, depending on your occasion. Pair it with a chunky sweater for casual days, and a blazer or blouse for a dressed up look!

Rain Boots

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Sperry Top-Sider Rain BootsMacy's

No one wants to walk into class with wet shoes during a rainstorm, so be prepared! I use my rain boots during all seasons on campus.

Parka

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Levi's Parachute Cotton ParkaJ.Crew

My parka is navy blue, but army green is a popular color for parkas on campus. You can find lighter parkas if you’re looking for something in warmer climates, or lined parkers for colder campus climates.

Infinity Scarf

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Embroidered Sky Infinity ScarfAnthropologie

I actually have a few of these in different colors, designs, and even weight. Heavier infinity scarves are perfect to bury your face in when walking through colder weather, and lighter scarves are great for the spring and fall!

Tote Bag

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English Tote J.Crew

I’m not a big backpack fan, so I use a tote every day for school. The tote I use is able to fit my laptop, books, agenda, folders, and everything else needed throughout the day.

Chambray

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Wind-Washed Chambray Shirt Anthropologie

I mean, come on, what does a chambray not go with?

Boyfriend Jeans

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1969 Boyfriend JeansGap

I’m not a fan of wearing sweatpants on campus, but I am a fan of finding clothes that feel as comfy! I own two pair of loose boyfriend jeans which are great for days that I’m craving comfortable clothing.

Booties

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Suede Booties in Dark Tan AEO

Booties are the winter heels that are must-haves during those colder months! Great with both a dress and jeans.

Loafers / Slip On Shoes

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Leather Slip On Sneakers Steve Madden

If you walk a lot on campus (or in the city like I do) then you’re going to want a comfier pair of shoes to slip on during your day. Slip-on sneakers are a new hit on campuses, as well as other types of flats and loafers.

Little Black Dress

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Holy Mountain Dress in Black Free People

If you have a formal event to attend, you can never go wrong with a little black dress. Find one that fits you best, and most importantly, one that you feel most comfortable in. Pair with a blazer for formal events, a sweater for school days, or your favorite heels for a night out!

Crossbody Purse / Clutch

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Aria Convertible Clutch/Crossbody Nordstrom Rack

If I’m heading to a concert, a crossbody bag is always a must. However, clutches are great for more formal events. Find a purse that can serve as both!

Baseball Cap

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Boston MLB Ball Cap Urban Outfitters

If it’s a bad hair day, it’s a baseball cap day. I usually like to wear my cap with my jeans, comfy t-shirt and of course, a chambray!

Beanie

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Reason Patch Ribbed Knit Beanie Urban Outfitters

For colder bad hair days, pick out a beanie instead! Some of the more common colors seen on campus are maroon, forest green, black, and grey.

Grey Shirt

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Jersey Top H&M

I find that no matter what outfit, my default tends to be a grey shirt. It just goes with everything! Get a basic shirt with no extra designs that can go with some of your favorite pieces.

Long Sweater

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Talaia PulloverAnthropologie

Cardigans or chunky sweaters are never a bad option for me on campus, especially during those cold winter months when I want to cuddle up with a cup of coffee!

Blazer

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Asymmetrical Crepe Blazer in NavyJ.Crew

I find that blazers work well for multiple occasions, not just formal ones. My favorite outfit with a blazer is when I pair it with boyfriend jeans, a comfy t-shirt, and an infinity scarf.

Watch

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Julie Floral WatchFrancesca's Collections

I’m always surprised how often I use my watch throughout the day, so I try to find one that will match well with multiple outfits!

Athletic Shorts

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3" Tempo in Violet Nike

There always seems to be something happening around campus. Field days on the quad? No problem! Get a good quality pair of athletic shorts for spontaneous events such as these. Plus, cute shorts can be great motivation to hit up the gym!

Flannel

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BDG Waterfall Tunic | Urban Outfitters

Wearing pajamas to class is never an option for me as I like to dress up and look presentable for my professors. Yet, some days I do just want to roll out of bed, and flannel is there for that pajama comfort that I need. I usually wear my flannels with black jeans and booties to dress them up a bit.

Leggings

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Black LeggingsH&M

Leggings are a versatile item that can be used for multiple occasions. They can serve as an extra layer in the winter, worn under dresses on cooler nights, and of course, perfect for those stay-in-bed with Netflix and Chinese Food kinds of nights!

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