The Only Wardrobe Staples You’ll Need In College

“Ugh, I have nothing to wear!” Sound familiar? No, it’s not just a line from Clueless—it’s the very real problem you run into every single morning. But if you invest in these wardrobe staples, you’ll always have an outfit ready for you to rock on campus.

For every day

Classic pair of jeans


There’s a reason “blue jeans” outlived the Wild West and made it into our closets. All you need is a few pairs of these classic pants, and you’ll instantly have dozens of outfits ready to go. So whether you’re into boyfriend jeans or skinnies, make sure to find your go-to denim!

Black leggings


If there’s ONE item you need in college, it’s a solid pair of black leggings. They’re easy to slip on and they go with everything. And yes, leggings ARE pants.

Simple skirt



Forever 21 short skirt
forever21.com

 

 


Topshop mini skirt
topshop.com

 

 


Short skirt
rotita.com

 

Like with a good pair of jeans, the right skirt will go with all of your favorite tops for a cute and put-together look. So what will your staple be—tube or skater?

Plain tee



James Perse v neck tee
saksfifthavenue.com

 

 


 


Free people top
revolveclothing.com

 

 


You’d be surprised at how far a good quality t-shirt can go. Why not pair it with those jeans or that skirt? (For bonus points, you can get the same simple t-shirt in a few colors and you’ll be set for the week!).

Flowy blouse



Shirts top
choies.com

 

 


MANGO v neck sleeveless top
$31 - johnlewis.com

 

 


 


You can have a bit of fun when shopping for a blouse. Whether your favorite is printed or monochrome, short or long-sleeved, it will look great for class over leggings AND for work with a blazer!

Warm sweater


Whether your campus gets really cold in the winter or your sunshine-ridden school just uses way too much AC, you’ll need a staple sweater (or two, or three!) for when you’ve had enough of your school sweatshirt.

Cardigan



Madewell cardigan
madewell.com

 

 


V neck top
gap.com

 

 


Halogen petite top
nordstrom.com

 

 


White cardigan
$36 - newlook.com

 

When it’s chilly out, but you don’t want to hide your cute top, cardigans are your best ally. Plus, they go great over leggings and booties!

Statement scarf



Humble Chic tartan shawl
humblechic.com

 

 


Wrap shawl
$16 - yoins.com

 

 


Muk Luks scarve
jcpenney.com

 

 


Knit infinity scarf
cicihot.com

 

Sometimes a scarf can be just what you need to turn a boring outfit around. A neutral-colored one will go with basically anything, while a printed one will add an edge to your precious basics for any occasion!

Booties


Booties are the instant outfit upgrade you need, whether you’re headed to dinner on the town or to the library. A slight heel is classy, but not uncomfortable, so you can walk across campus without injury.

Tennis shoes



TOMS flat
nordstrom.com

 

 


Converse black shoes
shopakira.com

 

 


For the days when booties feel too fancy, you’ll definitely want a solid pair of tennis shoes to traipse around from class to class.

Flat sandals



 


ASOS leather sandals
$30 - asos.com

 

 


 


Slip on shoes
overstock.com

 

Flat sandals are an obvious must-have for the warmer days. There are so many options out there that you are bound to find the pair for you!

For lounging

Yoga pants


No finals week would be complete without the right pair of extra-flattering, extra-comfortable yoga pants. Or, you know, you could actually wear them to yoga class.

Sweatshirt


You already know that sweatshirts are basically comfort with sleeves, but did you know they can also be super cute? We love these picks under $100!

For work

Blazer



 


Love 21 white blazer
forever21.com

 

 


Very J black blazer
$69 - nastygal.com

 

 


Miss Selfridge blue jacket
$35 - johnlewis.com

 

Blazers are a total essential for the workplace. Whether you work a casual job or you intern at a law firm, a chic jacket will instantly give you a professional look that will impress your boss—or it will make you look sophisticated when you hit happy hour after work!

Pencil skirt



J Crew long pencil skirt
$155 - jcrew.com

 

 


ASOS white pencil skirt
$30 - asos.com

 

 


Dorothy Perkins black pencil skirt
$22 - dorothyperkins.com

 

You know how they always say it’s best to overdress than underdress for an interview or networking event? A pencil skirt is the way to do it, which is why every collegiette should own one.

Nice flats



 


 


Topshop brown flat
topshop.com

 

 


Charlotte Russe navy shoes
charlotterusse.com

 

Unless your office has a strict dress code, you probably don’t need to be wearing heels to work. But that doesn’t mean that you should be wearing sneakers, either! Nice flats are a total essential, and you can repurpose them for brunch with your mom. Win-win.

High heel pumps


So your office does have a strict dress code, or you have a big interview. Don’t worry— you’re covered with these pretty pumps!

4. For going out

Crop tops



Striped top
$69 - nastygal.com

 

 


 


 


Boohoo shirts top
boohoo.com

 

Crop tops are the ultimate party and festival staple. Try pairing a neutral-colored one with some fun printed shorts, or a patterned one with a simple high-waisted skirt!

High-waisted shorts



UNIF high waisted shorts
revolveclothing.com

 

 


High rise shorts
pinkice.com

 

 


Charlotte Russe white shorts
charlotterusse.com

 

 


Charlotte Russe short shorts
charlotterusse.com

 

The most important college party staple is a good ol’ pair of high-waisted shorts. You can pair them with a tank top for a tailgate or with a crop top and booties on a night out!

For formal occasions

Evening dress



 


 


Little black dress
modcloth.com

 

 


Charlotte Russe red dress
charlotterusse.com

 

You never know what occasions you might get invited to! Between sorority formals, student organization galas and even weddings, it’s always a good idea to have a dressy number on hand.

High heel sandals



 


 


 


Missguided high heel shoes
missguidedus.com

 

Complement your party dress with some Carrie Bradshaw-worthy sandals!


With these items in your closet, you'll never have to wonder what to wear again. Mix and match them for a blend of casual and classy, and you'll be the best-dressed (and least stressed) collegiette on campus in no time!