Closet space is tight for most college dorm dwellers, so it’s important to have a well-curated closet with an emphasis on quality, not quantity. This means that stocking your wardrobe with solid staples is an absolute essential. We’ve rounded up a few must-have transitional, versatile pieces to make college dressing (and closet organization) a little easier.
Mango Quilted Denim Jacket ($40)
Denim jackets are to your wardrobe what Leonardo Da Vinci was to the Renaissance period. Just like Da Vinci, the denim jacket is good at everything. Layer your jean jacket under heavier coats during the winter, throw it over a day dress in the warmer months, or use it to dress down a fancy look.
Denim Refinery The Rancher Ronald Russell Selvage Jacket ($165)
& Other Stories Pointy Suede Boots ($80)
You’ll get plenty of use out of your booties because they’re perfect for both day and night. Wear them with your skinny jeans and a t-shirt on your way to class, then swap out your denim for a minidress and jewelry when you’re heading to a mixer.
Cheap Monday White Patent Square Toe Heeled Ankle Boots ($171)
Ace Delivery Long Sleeve Stripe Tee ($42)
Striped tees guarantee that you’ll look cool without having to think much about your outfit. Is your ensemble boring? Try a striped tee. Is it too cold for a tank top and too hot for a sweater? Go for the striped tee. So far, we can’t think of anything that a striped tee won’t fix!
T by Alexander Wang Striped Long Sleeve Tee ($140)
Elizabeth and James Vida Ear Crawlers ($175)
A pair of everyday earrings is absolutely necessary (unless your ears aren’t pierced, in which case, try a necklace or cute set of rings).
Pixie Market Last Dance Black Fringe Dress ($69)
The perfect going-out dress is one that’s simple enough for you to wear repeatedly, but also has enough spunk to stand out in a crowd, and of course, it should make you feel incredibly confident (we’re talking Kanye-level confidence). Indeed, those are some pretty high standards, so this piece should probably be an investment. You want it to last, so pay close attention to things like shape and fabric. Think of it as your canvas; you can play with accessories and make it look new each time.
Forever21 Mini Zippered Crossbody ($)
Whether studying abroad in an urban setting, packing into a frat house on campus, or just running some errands around town, the cross-body bag is an essential. And, since they’re on the smaller side, they’ll definitely fit into your shoebox of a closet.
Theory Naven Pullover in Loryelle ($415)
Cozy sweaters are great because they’re cute and comfortable. Pair them with a mini skirt, jeans, or over a midi dress. Bottom line: They make you look extra huggable, regardless of the stress your exams and obligations are likely causing, and that’s definitely enough to win them a spot on the college staples list.