Packing for college is a daunting task and having to fit all your possessions in a dorm room can be next to impossible. By making smart wardrobe choices you can save space and money while making sure you have the right outfit for every occasion. Here are five easy tips that can help you make the most of your freshman year wardrobe.
1. Bring business casual.
One of the biggest wardrobe mistakes I made my freshman year was not packing business casual. If you plan on interviewing for on-campus positions, a job or attending a career fair, business casual is essential.
2. Pack seasonally
Packing seasonally is one of the easiest ways to minimize excess clothing that is simply taking up space in your closet. I have found that Auburn stays warmer until November. Instead of packing both your summer and fall wardrobe at the beginning of the fall semester, opt to bring your summer wardrobe and a few layering pieces that you can incorporate if there is a cold front. Over holiday breaks you can slowly begin to transition your wardrobe so it is more seasonally appropriate.
3. Avoid making a wardrobe 180.
When I came to Auburn my freshman year I had it in my head that I was going to completely reinvent my style. I ended up packing clothing that I was not comfortable in and I ended up going home to bring back my tried and true staples. Your style and wardrobe will evolve during your time in college but allow this evolution to happen natural versus forcing it.
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4. Avoid bringing excessive amount of t-shirts.
You will come to acquire a massive amount of t-shirts once you come to college so avoid bringing your entire t-shirt collection with you on move-in day. While these pieces might become a staple in your day to day wardrobe, you will find yourself having an excessive amount in a short period of time so pack with this in mind.
5. Sell and donate unwanted clothes at the beginning of each semester.
With trends constantly changing and your style evolving taking time at the beginning of each semester to sell and donate your unwanted clothing is a great way to free up space while making a few dollars. It is true that less is more, especially when you are limited to a tiny dorm closet so make time to free up extra closet space at the beginning of each semester.
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