10 Pieces of Clothing Every Girl Should Bring to College

Hilary George-Parkin
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It's kind of wild for me to think that this time ten years ago, I was getting ready to go to college—on the one hand, it feels like barely any time has passed, but on the other, so much has happened in the interim that a decade seems about right. One thing I do remember well, however, is stressing out about what clothes to bring to freshman year.

Do I need to pack every single pair of shoes that I own? (Nope.) Am I going to have enough closet space for a second winter coat? (Definitely not.) Am I really going to start wearing sweatpants to class? (Not at NYU, you're not.)

Of course, different colleges require different wardrobes. If you're going to a school where Greek life is a big part of the culture, theme parties are going to be a given, so maybe think ahead and pack some costumey accessories that don't take up a ton of space. If football games are the main social event of the year, bring plenty of options in your school's colors so you don't blow everything you earned at your summer job in the gift shop come September.

For those of you changing climates from, say, Miami to the Midwest, pack plenty of warm winter clothing now because it's going to get cold sooner than you think. You may be able to get away with waiting until Thanksgiving to buy a proper parka—at which time The North Face, L.L. Bean, and Aritzia will become your best friends (trust me on that last one; I'm Canadian)—but don't get stuck wearing a hoodie and a denim jacket in November in Illinois.

Below, we've put together a cheat sheet of 10 items you should pack for college. Happy dorming!

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