A College Fashionista’s Wardrobe Essentials

January 4, 2013

Hello Dolls,

As you all know, I am currently attending college as a fashion merchandising major! Although each college fashionista has her own individual style, we all have somethings in common. We all have the desire to stand out, to represent ourself though our wardrobe, and to be comfortable even through that unbearable 8 a.m. lecture class or our worst hangover! We also know that just because we attend a university doesn’t mean we have to slouch around in that oversized t-shirt you won at your college’s basketball game and the same pair of Nike shorts that you wear to the gym and bed (even though I’m guilty every now and then)! Here are a few essential pieces that every stylish college girl should own!

White Button-Down

This can be worn in a relaxed, oversized fit or a polished, slim fit, depending on the occasion and your personal style! You can also find some with cool embellishments or girly ascots to adhere to your own style!

Gap $49.95


H&M $29.95


Forever 21 $27.80

Dark-Wash Skinny Jean

Perfect for the fall and winter! These can be worn tucked into boots for class, with flats or sneakers during study sessions in the common room, or with a great pair of pumps for a frat party! The best thing about dark wash jean: they slim down and lengthen the leg!

True Religion $248
New York & Co. $49.95
Levi’s $78

Pencil Skirt

Great for a part-time job interview, SGA interview, or spring rush, this classic piece is stylish as it is slimming! Just add a belt and top of your choosing to your favorite colored pencil skirt!

J. Crew $130
Forever 21 $12.80

Tights and Stockings

Whether you wear these for warmth, modesty, or just to give your outfit that finishing touch, this is certainly a winter essential! These can be found in various colors, fabrics, and prints!!

Commando $36
Spanx $28

Pearl Necklace 

You can either splurge on cultured freshwater or akoya pearls in a classic strand, strut in your grandmother’s most expensive pieces, or find an inexpensive, trendier glass or plastic set of imitation pearls (Jackie Kennedy even wore faux pearls)! Either way, you’re bound to glam up any look with this accessory!

Tiffany and Co. $400
Nadri $80
Forever 21 $8.80
H&M $17.95
Zales $175
Kay Jewelers $209


In today’s world, because of the luxury of cell phones, less and less of us find watches a necessity! However, test taking and hectic schedules may call for this classic accessory!

 Betsey Johnson $185
Burberry $650
Anne Klein $55
Bulova $99.99

Little Black Dress

You can never go wrong with the classic LBD. You can go elegant with a pair of pearls and black stilettos, casual with a cardigan and flats, sexy with patent leather platforms, or edgy with colored tights and combat boots! The possibilities are endless when in comes to this wardrobe staple!

J. Crew $250
Bebe $129
Ralph Lauren Blue Label $345
Forever 21 $27.80


The legging is definitely a main part of a college girl’s wardrobe. I don’t know about you guys, but I can’t seem to go to a class where at least 5 of the girls are not wearing leggings! Who can blame us? I mean they’re comfy, versatile, and can be easily thrown on before your run to class! These can be worn to the gym, bed, late-night study sessions, class, clubbing, or wherever! However, the way I look at leggings, they’re about a step above sweatpants! Even still, there are several ways to glam up this comfy staple!


Nordstrom $24

Victoria’s Secret $24.50

Black Milk $75

Happy shopping!

Amber Lynette Lyons