From classes and late-night study sessions to football tailgates and nights on the town, college can require quite the extensive wardrobe. Between the sequin tops and heavy sweaters hanging in the closet, there are some pieces a college girl just can’t live without. But believe it or not, when it comes down to it, there are really only six must-haves that should be in every collegiette’s wardrobe—get ready to stock up!
That Little Black Dress (LBD) — Forever 21, $18
An entire outfit all in one piece? Who could resist something that requires so little effort, yet guarantees a perfect look?
“It’s your go-to dress for those days you just can’t find anything to wear or aren’t feeling yourself,” style expert at stylesource.me Colin McDonald says.
Not only are LBDs chic, classic, and screaming Audrey Hepburn’s name, but they can also be dressed up or down. Going to a cocktail party? Pair it with a statement necklace and heels, and you’re ready to go. Just going out for casual drinks? No problem. Throw on some sandals, a denim vest, and your look is complete.
“I LIVE in my LBD!” Rebeca, a junior at George Washington University, says. “No matter what I’m doing or where I’m going, a little black dress can always be worn.” True that.
A Chic Blazer — Urban Outfitters, $78
Like your LBD, there’s always an excuse to wear a blazer. If you’re running from class, to a meeting with your advisor, to dinner, and then out for the night a blazer is another versatile piece in your closet. As a grab-and-go kind of item (with no added sugars), you can strut down the street in it or toss it in your bag for later.
“[It] works as a light jacket for going out and is critical for class presentations. [It’s] definitely my most worn item,” Mackenzie, a sophomore at Suffolk University, says.
When in comes to blazers, the cut and style is completely up to you! From boyfriend cut and fitted jackets to bright and exciting colors, you can make your blazer as formal or casual as you like depending on the where you’re headed.
“A blazer dresses up any look and adds structure where needed. The key to its versatility is its ability be worn with just about any look easily for just about any body type,” McDonald says.