college-begins-againYou’re in.  You’re excited.  And you’re looking at a closet full of Victoria’s Secret Pink sweatpants/white tank tops (ladies), or Abercrombie cargo shorts/Old Navy ringer tees (gents), thinking they’re not exactly going to make you best-dressed on campus.

What’s a broke, almost-college student to do?

First:  don’t panic.  If you start now, you have over 4 months to assemble a better wardrobe.  Second:  ask everyone who might give you a graduation present to give you a card with some cash stuffed inside.  You’re gonna need it.  Third:  ask a friend with a savvy fashion eye to evaluate your current closet.  Everything that’s ripped (at least unintentionally), stretched, stained, or smelly needs to go in the trash or workout pile, depending on how (un)wearable it is.

Once you’ve got your closet pared down to the usable stuff, it’s time to consider what sort of look you’re going for.  Are you a yoga-and-sweats girl who’d like to transition to a more boho look?  Or are you a guy exhausted by your polo-and-jeans uniform, wanting a more personalized persona?  If you’ve spent years cultivating your style and you’re happy with the image you project, your job is even easier:  all you need to do is upgrade your basics.  But if you’re ready for a total overhaul, to finally project the look that the costume designer has created for the film about your college life, the summer before you leave for school might be a good time to research and experiment before plunking down the cash for your new look.

Regardless of what look you choose, you’re going to need some good basics: has compiled a great checklist that will help you assemble the jeans, t-shirts, shoes, and other essentials that you can build your new wardrobe around.

Now all you have to worry about is how you’ll decorate your dorm room.

(Never fear; we’ll address that in our next post.)

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