Whether it's a pair of sky-high stilettos or a badass leather jacket, we all have those staple pieces in our wardrobe that define our personal style and pull an outfit together flawlessly. A collegiette's closet is a sacred place, and the Catwalk to Campus writers at Her Campus have gone through ours to find some of our all-time favorite pieces that we just couldn't live without.
1. Dark Wash Skinny Jeans
Jeans are the centerpiece of most of my outfits and the go-to for collegiettes everywhere, so it's a good idea to invest in a few good pairs. I love brands like Paige Denim (great colored denim), Joe's Jeans, J Brand and Citizens of Humanity, and though they're pricier, they fit much better, keep their shape and color and last years and years. I usually go for a skinny cut (easier to tuck into boots), a dark wash (more flattering) and a mid or high rise to work with my body shape. These J Brand 811 Mid-Rise Skinny Leg Jeans in Ink ($158 at J Brand) fit the bill and would be a great addition to any collegiette's wardrobe.
2. A Neutral Leather Bag
When I decided to treat myself to a statement bag I realized I wanted something that would be big enough to carry everything I need but not so big that I couldn't wear it at night. I also knew I wanted a bag that I could use in both Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter and that would go with most outfits. When I found this Rebecca Minkoff 'Amorous' Satchel in Rose Gold ($345 at Nordstrom) at the Rebecca Minkoff online sample sale for a fraction of the retail price, I had to have it. I love the rose gold cross-hatched leather and the zipper detailing on the sides makes it a great metallic accessory to any outfit.
3. Basic Pocket Tee
Every collegiette knows the critical importance of an expansive tee shirt collection, especially when you wake up late for class but still want to look pulled together. I stock up on comfortable and flattering tee shirts in a variety of shapes and colors to go with everything from sweats to a pencil skirt. I've been wearing this Cynthia Rowley Linen Pocket Tee (no longer available) to death and I've recently started coveting Splendid tops, which are another great option for a timeless tee.
4. Maxi Skirt
I love that maxi skirts are so popular right now; they're so chic and comfortable, and can be worn all year long. I love wearing this patterned maxi skirt with a black crop top (shown above) in the summer and throwing on a cropped knit sweater and boots in the cooler months. This Lyke Mynded Pleat Maxi Skirt (no longer available) is a perfect color and pattern to pair with neutrals and the cut is flowy and flattering without being too much fabric.
5. Statement Necklace
I'm not a huge jewelry person; all I wear on a daily basis is a ring and earrings I never take off, but I like jazz it up with statement necklaces every now and then. Adding a necklace with a bold color, pattern or texture is a fun way to add instant glamour to any outfit without needing to pile on rings, bracelets, earrings and necklaces. I picked this particular necklace up at Island Outfitters in Edgartown on Martha's Vineyard and I've worn it with everything from fancy dresses to a tee and jeans. I love that it's a "statement" more because of the textures and edgy gems than a bright color, and it's neutral enough to go with most outfits.
What are your style must-haves, collegiettes? Let us know in the comments!
Photo Credit: Abigail Dodd