College Girl’s Clothing Checklist

When it comes to packing clothes for college, it can become a little overwhelming. Whether you think you have too many clothes or nothing to wear, it helps to understand what wardrobe staples you actually need. Once you have the basics, you will notice that planning outfits becomes easier (and even fun)!

Below I include my checklist to help you narrow down your wardrobe and help you pack for college. Use the list as a guide and suit it to your personal style.

Dresses

  • Two Little Black Dresses
    • one winter/fall
    • one spring/summer that can transition into the fall with a cardigan
  • Three or four casual dresses
  • One semi-formal or cocktail dress

Bottoms

(Pack at least seven pairs, so that you have one for every day of the week before you do laundry.)

  • Although I don’t wear skirts often, I bring my favorite three or four skirts that can transition between seasons.
  • At least one pair of khaki
  • At least one pair of stretchy, nice black pants
  • Black leggings
    • Bring as many as you want because they don’t take up much space and are so comfortable.
  • A couple of your favorite dark wash jeans
  • A couple of your favorite light wash jeans
  • Shorts
    • Limit your number because you won’t be wearing them for long. I say maybe five.

Tops

  • Tees
    • White, black, gray, navy
    • Graphic
    • Striped
  • Tanks
    • White, black, gray, navy
  • Button downs
    • White, Chambray, flannel
  • Your select favorite five or seven long sleeve and short sleeve shirts
  • Sweaters and cardigans
    • Of varying weights and in basic colors
  • Sweatshirts
    • I bring my favorite sweatshirts. It is best to pack fewer sweatshirts because they are bulky to pack, and I don’t wear them every day.

Jackets

  • Leather
  • Blazer
  • Light jacket
  • Raincoat
  • Pea coat
  • Winter coat

Shoes

  • Casual flats
  • Ankle boots
  • Select favorite sandals
  • Sneakers
  • Winter boots
  • Rain boots
  • Heels (in basic colors like nude and black)
    • I only wore heels twice all year – once for a presentation and once for formal.

Accessories

  • Jewelry
  • Everyday purse
  • Going out purse
  • Umbrella
  • Wristlet
  • Winter hat and gloves
  • Your favorite and versatile scarves

Active Wear

  • Bring as many outfits as you know you will workout in per week.
  • Or, if you don’t workout and just wear athletic wear because it is comfortable, bring a couple of your favorites.

Swimsuit

  • Bring at least one because you never know when you’ll need it.

Intimates

  • All that you have that fits. Having more helps you extend the time before the next time you do laundry.

Pajamas

  • Whatever you feel comfortable in and are okay with everyone in your dorm seeing. Have at least one for every day of the week.
Sarah Dunlap

About Sarah Dunlap

I am a Pittsburgh native and an English major and Communications minor at Nyack College Rockland Campus. I am a devoted dancer, avid reader, and an aspiring writer. "Let me live, love and say it well in good sentences." - Sylvia Plath
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