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The Essentials your Wardrobe Needs

We've covered essentials for spring and fashion choices that are timeless and stylish no matter what. But what are the real college wardrobe essentials that you'll most likely need, fashionable or not?

Essentials for Men and Women
  • At least 15 pairs of underwear
  • 12 pairs of socks
  • 2 sets of pajamas
Work out clothing: 2 tops, 2 bottoms
  • 8 t-shirts
  • 3 long sleeve shirts
  • 3 pairs of jeans
  • 2 shorts
  • 2 hoodies
  • 1 rain jacket
  • 1 heavy coat
  • 1 pair of comfortable shoes
  • 1 pair of waterproof flip-flops or sandals (shower shoes.)
Essentials For Men

This list below won't be exhaustive. For example, you need activewear designed for specific sports or workout clothing.

  • Button-up shirts. We suggest considering one white, one chambray or denim, and one check.
  • At least one pair of chinos
  • Simple white kicks
  • 1 pair of boots
  • Plain toe oxfords
  • Dress jacket or blazer
  • Crewnecks
  • Jogger sweatpants
  • Your University's official gear
• Dress shirt: white, navy, grey or striped
  • Belt
  • Business carry all tote
Essentials for Women

Just like the list for essentials for men, we'll keep it pared down to what we think are the basics you'll find yourself wearing again and again.

  • Leggings
  • Tank tops
  • At least 3 bras and a sports bra
  • Sweaters
  • A Statement coat
  • Boots
  • Going-out dress
  • Pants and slacks
  • T-shirts
  • Crop tops
  • Slacks
  • Blouses
  • Business carry-all tote
  • Sweatshirts
  • 3-4 pair casual shorts
Other Good College Essentials

While not necessarily part of your everyday wardrobe, there are a few other must-haves we feel need to be included. Don't forget your:

  • Umbrella
  • Bathrobe
  • Slippers

Personal hygiene supplies: deodorant, toothpaste, mouthwash, skincare items, soap, shampoo, razors, hair care products.

  • Dorm mattress topper
  • Dorm bedding and sheets
  • Earplugs
  • Alarm clock
  • Towels
Laundry items: hangers, laundry basket, laundry soap

Make sure to consider balancing your wardrobe with what you can afford, what you have space to pack, and ensure you have clothing that is ultimately very comfortable to wear. You'll no doubt be facing long hours of classes and spend a lot of time walking the campus, which will be much easier to do when you're not struggling with itchy clothes and ill-fitting shoes.

When you need to be ready for everything before heading out to your HBCU, Shop LHP will have your back!