College Life

20 College Essentials for Curvy Girls

Let’s face it – there’s nothing worse than rushing to get ready on a Friday night only to look in your closet and realize you have nothing to wear to that party you’re leaving for in 15 minutes. Or how about waking up 5 minutes before your 8 a.m. and scrambling to find something, anything to wear, but the only thing you can find is that sequin dress from last night lying on the floor. We’ve all been there. Most of us tend to pack too heavily or too lightly when it comes to our college wardrobes and somehow we still never have anything to wear. If you can relate, you’ve come to the right place. To reduce your packing stress, below are 20 college essentials that EVERY girl needs in her wardrobe. And with these fundamental pieces, you’ll never have to worry about having “literally nothing to wear” ever again!

1. Flattering Jeans

Investing in a nice pair of jeans is so worth it. You can wear them to class with a tee and flats or dress them up for parties with a nice top and heels. A pair that you feel comfortable and confident in definitely tops the list of our college essentials!

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2. A little black dress

The most versatile dress in your closet! Owning a cute LBD you feel comfortable in is a must for your college wardrobe. Choose a dress that you can easily wear with a few different shoes and accessories so you can easily wear it again!

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3. A few plaid shirts or plaid dresses

Plaid shirts are a Fall staple so you will definitely need a few in your closet. They are the perfect option to look cute for class without trying too hard. Pair them with jeans and a nice pair of boots.

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4. Leggings

Let’s face it, there are many days in college when you drag yourself out of bed for class and throw on leggings and a tee or sweater. Leggings are very versatile and can be the base for tons of outfits! Get a few pair of basic leggings and invest in a pair of leather leggings to wear when you still want to be comfy, but need to look polished.


5. Fun and flirty skirts

Colorful flowy skirts are both fun and flattering to wear. They are perfect to wear to a sorority event, a dinner out with your parents or a holiday party. Definitely a must-have for your college essentials.

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6. Cute loungewear

This is something a lot of us forget! if you live in the dorms, you will often walk around your floor or have friends drop by on a weeknight and most people will be wearing sweatpants or PJs. Make sure you have some cute options in case you run into your crush!


7. Fun dresses

Fun flirty frocks just brighten your mood! So make sure to pack a few different prints and colors.

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8. Cardigans

When you’re walking around campus on a Fall day, a cardigan is the perfect choice to be warm without hauling a heavy jacket. Also perfect to wear over a dress when heading to a party (and if it gets lost in the pile of coats, you won’t be too sad about it).

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9. Casual maxi dresses

Maxis are perfect for class. They are super comfortable but also look cute. They are very flattering so you never have to worry about your dress pulling up or feeling too tight.


10. Fancy Maxi Dresses

Having a few maxi dresses that you can easily dress up is a must especially around the holidays and formal season.



11. Casual/Sweater Dresses

You can wear them with booties and a cardigan or cute heels to be a little more dressed up.

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12. Professional Outfit

You will need a nicely fitted interview outfit when you start looking for internships or jobs. A pencil skirt and blouse, or pants and a nice suit jacket will do the job.

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13. A hot dress

You need a few sexy dresses to hit the town and go out! Make sure you try these on before you pack them so that you feel comfortable and ready to party.


14. Workout outfits

Bring a few workout outfit options so you don’t have to do laundry all the time.


15. A Swimsuit

You need one swimsuit in your college closet in case you end up at a pool party on a warm Fall day or someone plans an impromptu weekend trip to the beach!


16. Sweaters

As the weather get colder on campus you will need the extra layer. Sweaters are must-have college essentials for every girl. Don’t forget to bring a few cozy sweaters for late Fall/Winter.

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17. A Fall Jacket

You need a light jacket for early Fall. A parka or a denim jacket would be good options for the beginning of the semester on chilly days!


18. A rain jacket and/or warm Winter Coat

Depending on where you go to school, you will need different outerwear. Plan ahead with a solid rain jacket and a winter coat for the cold months.


19. Kimonos

Kimonos are one of our favorite pieces all year round. They tend to be very flattering and make your outfit a lot more fun! They’re also pretty cheap pieces so you can buy a couple different kimonos without spending too much money.


20. Costumes

Often forgotten, costumes are a must in your college wardrobe. You will definitely need a few for Halloween which spans over 3 or 4 days. If you are rushing a sorority you will dress up for themed socials so make sure you have some options!


What other college essentials for curvy girls did we leave out? Let us know in the comments!

*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

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Alexandra Smith

Alexandra Smith is majoring in Psychology, with a minor in Creative Writing. In her free time, she enjoys running, hanging out with family friends, and roaming the world with her camera in hand.

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