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How much clothes to bring?

royallypurpleroyallypurple Posts: 24Registered User New Member
edited April 2010 in College Life
I was wondering how much clothes freshman usually bring to college their first year? I don't really know how one would quantify this, but...yeah.
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Replies to: How much clothes to bring?

  • nikkernikker Posts: 172Registered User Junior Member
    Well it depends where you are going

    (Not trying to be a smart a** btw, I'm serious...)
  • applicannotapplicannot Posts: 4,366Registered User Senior Member
    It also depends on how often you do laundry and if you mind wearing the same clothes often. I usually like a combination of 3-4 bottoms (jeans and shorts) with lots of tops (10-15). I also make sure I have a formal, business formal, and suitable business casual outfit on hand, but only because I'll be going so far away from home - the closer you are to home, the fewer "occasion" outfits you will need (i.e., a nice dress). I am not really a shoe person, and will probably stick to a pair of flip flops, athletic shoes, an all-terrain shoe (hiking boots), and a pair of every day sneakers.

    It sounds like a lot when I write it down, but then I look at the clothes and it isn't really that much, ha.
  • SingDanceRunLifeSingDanceRunLife Posts: 1,787Registered User Senior Member
    I brought like all my clothes...and that's sufficient for about 3 weeks between washing.
  • icanreadicanread Posts: 508Registered User Member
    I'm assuming you're a girl (royallypurple?) so I'd advise you to bring some nice tops, dresses, skirts, and heels (nothing absurdly fancy) for going out, rush events, dates, etc. Do not bring a bunch of t-shirts that you're gonna wear to the gym or to sleep because you get a lot of free tees at campus events (especially if you're a frosh). If you're going home before the weather gets cold, don't bring your winter stuff. Bring your warm weather clothes home in the winter and rotate. You probably won't have a big closet so beware of hauling all your stuff in at once.
  • royallypurpleroyallypurple Posts: 24Registered User New Member
    oh right, i forgot to mention i'm choosing between a school in new york and massachusetts

    i'm typically a cute top with a light jacket and jeans kind of girl. not too girly, not too tomboyish

    and i'll be able to go back home easily during breaks to switch my winter/summer clothing.

    at home i normally do laundry once a week...but i'm not sure if that usually changes when people go to college?

    i just wanted a gauge on what the typical freshman brings and how much of their wardrobe they end up buying while at college

    -thanks!
  • SingDanceRunLifeSingDanceRunLife Posts: 1,787Registered User Senior Member
    I've only bought a couple of new things all year. Not enough to make a real difference in my wardrobe.

    Also, I do laundry about the same amount as I did at home, which as I said is ~every 3 weeks or so.

    My winter/summer stuff is pretty much the same since I wear t-shirts, jeans and hoodies...so there were only some things that I had to worry about switching with the weather such as dresses/skirts, jackets, boots, sweaters and scarves. The rest of my stuff I brought and have kept in my closet and dresser.

    I live just over an hour away from my school, so travel and bringing things back and forth isn't a problem either.
  • LeesamurmurLeesamurmur Posts: 101Registered User Junior Member
    I was in the minority - I brought about 90% of my clothes (then again, I was going from GA to PA and was worried about weather and all that, and I wasn't able to go home to get more when I needed them).

    I can say that personally, I love having so many clothes, not because I have a ton of options but because I never have to do laundry. It stinks having to do it a lot when you have to pay for it.

    Also, it wasn't hard to store all my clothes. I have a closet full (using magic hangers too, highly suggested), one small shoe rack (9 pairs), 2 drawers full (one of out of season clothes, and one of undies/workout clothes/oversized shirts), and one drawer for accessories (scarves, mittens, hats, etc). It sounds like a lot, but really, it wasn't.

    Depending on how often you go home, you can obviously do without the out of season items and whatnot, but I didn't get to :( Hopefully this helps!

    PS - A lot of my friends who didn't bring as much ended up buying a lot more while at college. The only thing that I had to buy was a large heavy jacket (because obviously, I didn't have one, coming from GA), but a lot of my friends had to buy things that they had left at home, or extra shirts, the like.
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