Going Back To College Wardrobe


Hi Everyone,

Well, It’s that time of year again….. Back to college!

Now whether you are returning back after having the summer off or it is your very first year, the whole experience can be quite daunting and a little bit nerve wracking.

With new timetables, books, study plans and not to mention the whole financial expense of it all, the last thing you need to be worrying about is your wardrobe and what your going to wear to class every day.

You may also be moving out of home for the first time and you want to feel organised and prepared!

So Gails Rails has come to the rescue! I have created a little check list for a College Capsule Wardrobe for you to print out, making packing for college that little bit easier which you will find at the end of this blog post.

I have also put together some inspirational ideas, to help you create the perfect college look that are both practical and trendy.

Autumn/Winter stock has well and truly arrived in to hight street stores and it really is a great time of year to stock up on practical items that will get you through to Spring. My first stop was Penneys! You just can’t beat it! Great for t-shirts and leggings but even better for knitwear!

Knit wear for me is an essential part of you college wardrobe! Great for keeping cosy in the winter months and easy to style up by layering.

Heres some pieces I spotted while on the hunt for the perfect College Capsule Wardrobe.

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Other essentials that are absolutely necessary for college are jeans, leggings and t-shirts. All of which can be mixed an matched and don’t need much thought.

The best places to buy jeans is River Island and Oasis. They may be a bit pricier than your other high street brands but they will last the test of time and keep their shape after washing.

Leggings are a must!! Whether you are heading to class or spending the day studying, they handiest thing to through on is black leggings! Team them with little converse or block heel ankle boots, you are good to go! Great places to buy good quality leggings that are not see through are H&M and River Island.

Here are some cool inspiration looks with jeans and leggings, that are ideal college trends.

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A fair bit of walking is going to be done on a daily basis both to and from college. Not to mention around the college campus through out the day! So good footwear is another essential part of you College Capsule Wardrobe!!

For cool, on trend looks, I would suggest Converse, flat pumps, block heel ankle boots, and a pair of good brand runners.

Here are some fab ankle boots currently in stock in Penneys at the moment and are only €19! Penneys footwear are fantastic! They are very well made, comfortable and won’t break the bank!

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College looks

Now, we all know that its not just about study, timetables and books in college!! One of the best parts about being in college is the social life!! So a nice fancy section is needed in you College Capsule Wardrobe!!

But be clever!! Nothing wrong with wearing a pair of jeans and a nice top for going out and the pair of jeans that you wore to class yesterday can quite as easily be worn with a pair of heels and a fancy top for heading out Friday night!!

Great places to buy nice going out tops are River Island and Zara. The Zara TRF section is fantastic value and always have a range of very unusual items!

Here are a couple of tops that would be perfect for any night out with your college friends.

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Zara Top €19.99

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River Island Top €40

The above is just some little ideas to help you kick start your college life.

Below you will find a complete check list of the essentials needed to ensure you will always have something to wear for college. Meaning you can concentrate on other important stuff, like studying and having a great time with friends old and new.

Wishing you all the very best of luck in the future and I hope my blog post has been helpful and informative.




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