Hey Incoming Freshman, Prospective students, and Parents who care what your child wear to class,
How is everyone? Okay, I am so excited right now! I made a new friend, Tita Vizcarra, Editor-in-Chief of OMgee Magazine! As someone who struggled with what to pack for college just under a year ago, I thought it would be great some ideas for you (guys and girls!) on college essentials! Tita's magazine is truly awesome and her fashion sense is, of course, impeccable! Tita has been wonderful enough to compile 12 essentials for each gender and tells you just how to wear them for all occasions!
St. Michael's 12 College Essentials
You've just been accepted to the best college in the entire country, congratulations! Did St. Michael's give you a brochure on what to pack? Have you done your research on how the climate is in Vermont in all the seasons? The answer would probably be no to either of those questions, but don't worry, I've got you covered. It doesn't matter what kind of climate you come across these 12 essentials for both men and women will save you from over packing. You'll be in style without breaking budget each season.
Listen up, guys! It's time to polish your look and you have it way easier than the girls (shhh). Since high school is a thing of the past, a college student must look the part of a young professional. After all, it's what you are trying to be. So leave your slouchy jeans and over-sized t-shirts at home. (And don't you dare go to class is sweats! Remember the way represent yourself says a lot about who you are.)
Your 12 essentials are: 1) black leather jacket, 2) light scarf, 3) navy blue/black long sleeve, 4) dressy, long sleeve, button-down shirt, 5) brown boots, 6) plain white t-shirt, 7) hydrating lotion, 8) black gloves, 9) button down, casual, short sleeve, 10) dark wash jeans, 11) dressy black shoes, and 12) a pair of cool sunglasses. You can create more than 10 outfits for all seasons with just there 12 essentials! Here are some examples by numbers (refer to picture below):
Spring- Monday Class
3 + 9 + 10 + 5 + 12
* Note: Unbutton #9
Fall - Job Interview
4 + 1 + 10 + 11 +7
*Note: The hydrating lotion keeps your skin from flaking during the fall, winter and even the chilly moments of spring.
Winter - Night Out
1 +6 + 2 + 7 + 10
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Here's where the over packing comes into place. We, ladies, want to bring our entire close no matter how far or how long we travel. Let me make it easier for you by also giving you 12 basic closet essentials that will keep you in style all season long without having to purchase new items each season! Save that cash instead and treat yourself to a relaxing day at the spa to cleanse yourself of the hard work you'll be doing during your semester(s).
College always feels like a rush to every student. You start to care less about what you wear and start to focus more on school -as it should be- but that shouldn't keep you from looking your best. Like I told the boys, the way you dress says a lot about who you are. I know it gets stressful with midterms, athletics, and relationships and the last thing you care about is how you look, but ladies, restrain yourself from wearing over-sized, unflattering sweaters and sweatpants. (We are more prone to wear this fashion "don't" than men.) With that said, I need you ladies to take an oath right now! Copy and paste the following sentence in a comment below and take the oath:
I, (insert name here), will NOT wear sweat and/or over-sized sweaters to class with the exception of Fridays, where I am only allowed to wear one of the two.
Your 12 essentials are: 1) black bomber jacket, 2) all-purpose, black dress, 3) black shoulder bag, 4) brown boots, 5) plain white tee, 6) print fitted skirt, 7) light scarf, 8) statement necklace, 9) gray blazer, 10) dark wash skinny jeans, 11) sunglasses, and 12) a great pair of heels - short or small. You can now create more that 10 outfits! Here are some examples by number (refer to photo above):
Spring: Night Out
2 + 8 + 12
Fall: Group Meeting
9 + 5 + 6 + 12 + 7 + 11 + 3
Winter: First Day Back
1 + 5 + 8 + 10 + 4 + 3 + 11
I hope these 12 essentials can help ease pain of over packing in general! Stay along these lines and you will be just fine. Good luck!
---------------I hope this is helpful to you! (It's helpful to me :-P)