From black skinny jeans to a statement necklace, Lauren Healy has rounded up the top 10 essentials for your wardrobe that will help you get through the rest of the college year.
So, you’re heading back to college after weeks of mince pies, biscuits and turkey sandwiches, and the last thing you want to do is hoist yourself into a pair of jeans. Après Christmas can often leave you feeling like you’re falling into a fashion-less void.
 
But don't fret, we here at Campus have you covered. So grab those unused vouchers and hit the sales, because we’ve rounded up the must-have, top 10 essentials for your closet that will help see out the rest of the college year. 
 
Black skinny jeans 
Black skinny jeans should be the basis of any girl’s wardrobe. They can be dressed up, dressed down, worn to work and practically everything in between. They are the definition of a fashion staple. Invest in a good pair and you’ll never want to leave the house without them. 
 
Basic turtle neck
Turtle-necks are everywhere at the moment and it looks like they’re a trend that’s here to stay. Wear it to college tucked into a pair of high-waisted jeans, to keep you stylish and snug, or throw on a blazer if you’re heading for a few drinks. 
 
Striped tee
This baby will be one of the most versatile items in your wardrobe. Worn under a jumper, on its own, or with a statement necklace - it's completely timeless. 
 
Boots
Any kind of boots: Ankle boots, platform boots, over-the-knee boots. Boots are the one item that will take you from sitting in a lecture to hitting the town after college. Invest in a good pair and your feet will thank you, and me! 
 
Little black dress
This dress will be the most versatile piece of clothing you will ever own. Whether it’s a bodycon dress, skater dress or midi dress, as long as it's black it's completely adaptable for any occasion, when paired with the right accessories of course. Throw a shirt over it and wear it with tights and boots for an everyday look or go bare-legged with heels for a night out. 
 
Black leather jacket 
Every one needs an outerwear essential, and a black leather jacket should be yours. Whether it's to toughen up a girly dress or pair with an all black outfit, this is one item that can be worn at any time of the day and at any time of the year.
 
Heels 
Owning a pair of heels is like a rite of passage for girls, but owning the right pair can be tricky. Make sure to invest in a pair that are neutral in colour, of average height and you can easily walk in, because regardless of your outfit, stumbling is never a good look.
 
Statement necklace 
Every girl needs a statement necklace to transform their outfit from boring to on point. Pair it with your LBD at night, or over a stripy tee during the day – see? Essential! 
 
A good bra 
This should go without saying, but every girl is guilty of owning far too many ill-fitting and ugly bras. A good bra should be comfortable, keep things perky and you shouldn't be afraid of showing off if needs be. Although good bras can be rather expensive, it's a wardrobe essential that shouldn't be skimped on.
 
Sturdy everyday bag
This bag will differ from girl to girl. It could be a leather satchel, a black structured bag or a denim backpack. It may not be easy, but when you find a bag that suits your personality and can interchange between your lectures and lunches, it'll be worth the effort.  
 
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