What Clothes to Pack for College

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Probably the most overwhelming aspect of packing for college is what clothes to bring with you. You probably won't have as much space in your closet at school as you do at home and it's hard to tell what clothes you even need. You may of worn dresses all the time in high school but college is completely different and you may not touch half the dresses you brought while you wish you brought more of something else!

I'm the oldest of my siblings so I didn't have an older sister telling me what clothes I would and wouldn't need when I was getting ready for freshman year so if you're in that boat, think of me as your older sister and let's get packing ;)

a picture of my sophomore year closet (check out that dorm tour here)

My freshman year, I definitely overpacked in terms of how many casual clothes I brought. I dressed up in high school way more than I do in college as honestly I wear athletic wear most of the time. I would still bring a few options for casual clothes for weekends if you and your friends go to brunch or out to eat but you definitely don't need every pair of cute shorts you own as you will not wear half of them.

In making this list, I tried to split it up based off of occasion. Since I am an education major, I keep business casual pieces in my closet for field placements and if you join a sorority, you will need outfits for chapter meetings, which tend to have you wear nicer clothes. 

I would definitely recommend packing less than what you think you need as you won't have a ton of space to work with and if you absolutely need it, you can have it shipped to you and if your parents visit, they can bring it!

Any other packing essentials that I missed? Let me know in the comments!


  1. I wore a uniform in high school so my clothing was limited in college to begin with. This is a great list for incoming freshman!

    1. I did too- sometimes I miss the ease of it haha! Thanks Nicole!

  2. What a great list! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Don't forget the jewelry — even if it's just a simple, cute pair of earrings!

  4. This is such a helpful list! Shower shoes were always my first stop when shopping for college :)

    -xo, Azanique |

  5. really great list girl!!! so helpful. super great share .

  6. This is a great list! I'm an older sibling too so I had no idea what I was doing when I went to college lol.
    -Emily |

  7. This would have been so helpful for me when I went to college. I was so bad about packing 80% of my wardrobe, and I got so frustrated when it wouldn't all fit in my tiny dorm haha.

  8. So helpful! I never lived on campus for college so I had access to all of my clothes!


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