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!
High Riser Skinny Black Jeans | Madewell
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!
Sperry Top-Sider Rain Boots | Macy'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.
Levi's Parachute Cotton Parka | J.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.
Embroidered Sky Infinity Scarf | Anthropologie
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!
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.
Wind-Washed Chambray Shirt | Anthropologie
I mean, come on, what does a chambray not go with?
1969 Boyfriend Jeans | Gap
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.
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
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
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
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!
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!
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.
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.
Talaia Pullover | Anthropologie
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!
Asymmetrical Crepe Blazer in Navy | J.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.
Julie Floral Watch | Francesca'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!
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!
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.
Black Leggings | H&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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