Creating a College Capsule Wardrobe

Whether you are starting your first year at college or returning after the summer, the transition from a summer wardrobe to an autumn one can be tricky on a student budget. Building a good foundation of some staple pieces is the best way to go.

A good pair of jeans is going to be your best friend. Whether they are skinny, bootcut, mom or boyfriend, they can easily be transitioned from a day time look to a night time look. While the majority of us will worship the tried and tested skinny jeans, don’t overlook mom jeans, which are both flattering and a comfier alternative. It is often worth your while to pay for a good quality pair. Topshop Denim is always a good shout and they have a huge range in colour and style.

Is there anything more versatile than a plain white tee? Actually, that goes for any coloured tee, get a few colours and layer them with jackets or cardigans. While a t-shirt can be basic, never underestimate the power of a statement necklace to dress up even the plainest of tops. When you have the perfect white or striped t-shirt, you never have to worry about having nothing to wear. A plain t-shirt can be the foundation of many an outfit, paired with jeans or under a slip dress. A crisp white shirt is another must-have. Wear with pants for a smarter  look or layer under a jumper for a more casual outfit.

Yes, we have heard it time and time again, every girl should have a little black dress, but the LBD is indeed one of the most useful pieces you can have in your wardrobe. Returning students will know how time-consuming college can be. There will be days when you have very little time for outfit changes after lectures before heading out for the night. A little black dress worn over a basic tee is perfect for your lectures. Heading out later? Lose the tee and you’re good to go. The beauty of the little black dress is the opportunity for accessorising it presents. A true touchstone for all wardrobes.

The three denims are life savers; a pair of denim jeans, a denim skirt and a denim jacket. A denim jacket, in particular, will complete almost any outfit. I purchased one from Pull&Bear last summer and it has become one of my most-worn items. It works in the day with a skirt or jeans and it looks great over a little dress in the evening. If you’re feeling bold enough, denim-on-denim is definitely making a comeback too. A denim skirt is also universal to both day and night wear. Pair with tights for lectures during the day and for a quick night-time look, lose the tights and add some heels.

Unfortunately, along with the pretty colours of autumn’s falling leaves comes a lot of rain. A rain jacket is another must for the autumn months, particularly for those of us walking to college. While practical, they are also extremely cute. As the days get colder you’re also going to need a warm coat. While there are an endless amount of statement coats to be had and lusted after, you are going to need a staple go-to coat that you can wear with most outfits. Invest in a duster coat, another piece appropriate for day and night, for guaranteed effortless chic.

Finally, no outfit is complete without the right pair of shoes. You can get through the autumn months on four key pairs; heeled boots, pumps, slip-on sneakers and evening heels. The key to making your staple pieces exciting is accessories! Belts, scarves, bags and jewellery are all going to take your basic staples to another level. Building up a wardrobe of reliable, adaptable pieces means you will never find yourself in the “I have nothing to wear” predicament. Then, once you have the basics sorted you can adventure into statement pieces and that’s where the real fun begins.

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