How to Create a Basic College Wardrobe for Men


For some guys, college is the first time they have to independently make decisions on what to wear. In the end, the rule to live by is finding well-fitting basics that can be mixed and matched for each occasion. Building an efficient closet will allow you to have the freedom to spend minimal time getting ready while reaping the immediate benefits of looking sharp.

Things You'll Need

  • Boxers
  • Socks
  • Short-sleeve T-shirt
  • University T-shirt
  • Button-down, collared shirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Sweaters
  • Jacket
  • Blazer
  • Jeans
  • Black slacks
  • Casual shorts
  • Sweatpants
  • Swimming trunks
  • Flip-flops
  • Dress shoes
  • Athletic shoes
  • Backpack
  • Tie
  • Find clothing that fits. This is the most important aspect in choosing clothes.

  • Smell good. Find body wash, deodorant and/or cologne that fit your own physical chemistry.

  • Get the day-to-day basics. Your basics are items that you can easily mix and match without second thought. Stock your closet with well-fitting, basic short sleeve T-shirts in neutral colors like black and white. Take the time and save the money to find some great-fitting jeans. Get a backpack or "man bag" for school.

  • Get cool weather basics. Have hoodies, sweaters and a jacket.

  • Get warm-weather basics. During warm weather, flip-flops and well-constructed shorts are a common uniform of choice for guys in college. Also, find basic accessories such as a pair of sunglasses that fit your face, and a baseball hat.

  • Get workout gear. If you plan on going to the gym, plan on getting athletic shoes, sleeveless shirts, sweatpants and shorts. Going for a swim? Get a pair of swimming trunks. Show school spirit with a T-shirt that displays your university on it.

  • Dress to impress. For those nights out, get a well-fitting buttoned-down collared shirt, dark denim, and a nice pair of dress shoes. During cold weather, have a nice jacket or blazer. Accessories like a classic watch and belt add a finishing touch.

  • Have a professional outfit on hand for job interviews or presentations. Get a dress shirt in a neutral color and a tie in a complimentary color with a pair of well-fitting black slacks. Find a black business jacket if you prefer. Get dress shoes with matching socks.

  • Get accessories.

Tips & Warnings

  • Fit is the most important factor that is overlooked when men shop for clothing. Take the time to find clothes that fit you right.
  • Do not pile on the cologne. Sometimes, too much cologne is just as bad as a guy who hasn't bothered with personal hygiene.
  • Cotton garments, especially those that are 100 percent cotton, tend to shrink. Look to purchase shirts that are of this material in a size larger, or ask an employee at a store if the product was "pre-washed."
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