Part 1: Dorm Essentials — Part 3: School Supplies & Personal Items — Part 4: Toiletries
Confession: I have a lot of clothes and I get tired of them easily. So I’m bringing more clothes than is probably necessary, and if there’s something I haven’t worn by the time first semester ends, I’ll bring it back home during the winter break.
Also, this list is for girls because I have no idea what you guys like to wear. Probably just t-shirts and jeans yeah?
Make sure to coordinate your wardrobe with what the weather is like in your city!
To get the most out of the few clothes you’ll be able to bring to college, make sure to layer! And definitely bring more tops than bottoms because an two outfits with the same bottoms but different tops look completely different, whereas two outfits with the same top but different bottoms still look the same.
- 5 basic tank tops – for layering purposes and such.
- 15 tops – t-shirts as well as dressier tops
- 4 cardigans – comfortable button-ups for class or exam study in the library.
- 3 jackets – again, layering.
- 2 sweaters – an easy throw-on for class. I’m bringing a thin v-neck for fall and a green plaid poncho because I’m awesome.
- 3 pairs of jeans – 1 black, 1 burgundy patterned, and 1 blue patterned. I’m not much of a jeans person because…
- 3 pairs of leggings – I’ve switched over to leggings. Just make sure they’re thick enough so you’re decent.
- 5 pairs of shorts – I wear shorts pretty much year round. Almost every day for summer and with tights in the winter.
- 5 skirts – 2 bandage, 3 skater
- 8 dresses – none of them formal. These make for a very easy outfit on a lazy day. 5 day dresses, 2 that could pass as formal but still can be worn during the day, and 1 winter dress. Don’t forget your fail-proof LBD.
- 3 coats – 1 winter trench, 1 pea coat, 1 spring coat
- Classy career clothes – Many college freshmen don’t expect it but end up needing to dress up on several occasions.
- Blazer – I have a cheap $12 navy blazer from Walmart.
- Tops – I have two collared shirts in black and white.
- Bottoms – I’m hoping a pair of nice black jeans will suffice for college students.
- Shoes – I’m hoping my flats suffice, but a pair of short heels would probably be a good idea.
- 2 exercise tops
- 3 pairs of athletic shorts
- 1 pair of running shoes
- 1 swimsuit
- 2 pairs of pajamas – I tend to just wear big t-shirts and athletic shorts or lounge pants.
- 2 pairs of slippers – 1 for winter, 1 for summer. Slipper boots or socks are also great.
- 2 pairs of sneakers
- 2 pairs of boots
- 1 pair of flats
- 1 pair of sandals
- 1 pair or rain boots
- As mentioned above, a pair of running shoes and a pair of formal shoes.
- Jewelry – Very simple to bring a small box with compartments for all your jewelry.
- 10 rings – rings are small, easy to bring in a small box.
- 10 necklaces – to spice up a simple outfit on a lazy day.
- 4 bracelets – I’m not bringing a watch but one of my necklaces doubles at one. And everyone has their phones on them these days anyway.
- Hair accessories
- A multi-pack of hair ties – Scünci makes the best ones, in my opinion.
- Hair clips – Standard black ones. I also have two alligator clips, one with a bow and one with a hat. Just for fun.
- 4 Bags – 2 backpacks, 1 tote bag, 2 small cross-body bags,
- 1 umbrella – A small one that will fit easily into your bag.
- 1 Hat – I may choose to bring a fedora or a cloche hat but Carnegie Mellon doesn’t seem to be a very hatsy place. A sunhat or a newsboy cap may also be useful in the sunny months, and a beanie for the winter.
- 3 pairs of gloves – 1 wool and 2 fingerless.
- 5 scarves – perfect for freezing winter weather or a lazy exam study day.
- 2 belts – 1 skinny belt and 1 very thick belt. Both for my waist. I don’t have a lot of trouble keeping my pants up.
- 5 pairs of tights – good for transitioning from summer to winter. Sheer black, lace, fishnets, patterned, whatever you want.
I’m debating whether or not to bring my turtle or Pikachu onesie. On the upside, I could use them as warm pajamas for winter and I could bring my ninja mask to dress up as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. On the other hand, it takes up space and I may not use it at all. Perhaps I’ll bring one if I have a lot of extra space that needs filling.
I also wonder whether or not I should bring a pair of heels. I’m hoping for now a pair of nice flats will suffice, but we’ll see come winter.