College Clothes Packing List

Look Your Best With Some Help from South Moon Under

Going off to college is one of the most exciting times in life. For most teens, it's their first time ever living away from their family and most of their friends. It's a chance to spread your wings and try new things. But because it's new and unknown, there are bound to be questions about, well, almost everything. Including things like what people wear in college. (The answer: a lot of loungewear; like a lot of loungewear.)

Groupon Coupons worked with South Moon Under, a boho boutique, to help college-bound students figure out what they need to pack to fit in—or stand out—on campus.


What to Wear to Class College

What to Wear
to Class

There will be a pretty big range of clothes on campus, but in general it will be pretty casual. Doesn't matter if you're going to class in person or online, loose and comfortable tees, sweaters, and sweatshirts with jeans or leggings will be the most popular choices. And you'll want to wear shoes you can walk long distances in. There's no guarantee your classes will be close to each other or your dorm. 

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Rag Poets Spiagga Sweater

You can't go wrong with either the classic cream or rosy pink options, both of which will work just as well for class and then hanging out (socially distanced) on the quad afterward. 

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Blank NYC Cut-off shorts

With many colleges starting classes as early as August 1, it's going to be hot out and not all dorms have AC. A not-too-short pair of denim jeans will make it infinitely easier to pick out an outfit every morning.

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Socializing Outside of Class

Honestly learning is great and all, but most of the college experience happens outside the classroom. Making new friends, going to parties, and dating are how you'll spend a lot of your time in college. These settings are still pretty casual, but these are the pics that will end up on Instagram, so you'll want to at least make an effort.

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Billabong Sweet Bliss Sweater

The open knit and slouchy fit are perfect to throw on with jeans or shorts and not look like you overslept (even if you did!). But you'll still be comfortable enough for a lecture or long study session.

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Basic Racerback Bodysuit

A simple bodysuit will go with almost everything in your closet. We're partial to the olive green hue, but you might want to get the basic black as well. 

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Neely Tie-Back Top

Is a sweatshirt the perfect item of clothing? Yes! But sometimes they aren't appropriate. So next best thing, a top that is soft and loose, but with a tie-back detail that elevates your whole look.

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Storia Star Dress

How could would a little slip dress like this be with an oversized denim jacket and sneakers? It's a perfect first date or party look.

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Levi's Ex-Boyfriend Jacket

There's something about an oversized denim jacket that just makes every outfit. The oversized boyfriend fit and trendy tie-dye wash make this Levi's option just a little more special.

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Mystical Leopard Graphic Tee

Cute tees will likely be your number one worn item in college. Pair them with jeans and another layer, you've got a cute outfit. But they're just as comfortable to sleep and hang out in. 

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Blank NYC Chew Hem Skinny

Your dorm's closet is going to be small, which means you need versatile pieces like jeans that you can wear with everything. The skinny fit is great because you can dress it up for dates and parties too. 

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ASTR Cut-out Sweater

A form-fitting black sweater with a peekaboo shoulder cutout is a perfect alternative—and just as timeless—to the LBD (little black dress). 

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ASTR Button Mini Skirt

A mini is fun and surprisingly easy to style. Wear it with tights and boots for a date and with sneakers and a tee for a summer BBQ.

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What to Pack for College Loungewear


Between online classes, study sessions, and restrictions on gatherings because of the pandemic, you're going to be spending a lot of your down time just hanging out. And that's when you'll want all the cozy leggings and oversized sweatshirts.




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Abbeline Smocked Pants

An elastic waistband, or soft pants, are going to be a critical part of your wardrobe. You'll wear them to study, hang out, and even sometimes to class.

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Sadie & Sage Peplum Blouse

Small details like the peplum and cropped length make this so much more than a plain white shirt.

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Love Lips PJ Separates

Dorms mean roommates and suitemates and people stopping by all the time. A surprising number of people will probably see your PJs, so make sure they're cute.

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Free People Scoop Crop Top

Free People's signature seamless fabric is soft and stretchy and the perfect layer to wear on its own or under a baggy sweater.

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Convertible Fanny Pack

Carrying your phone, money, and ID is a constant problem when you're going out, so a belt bag is a great hands-free option.

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Rainbow Tie-Dye sweatshirt

Tie-dye is the trendiest print out there right now and it works perfect so well on comfy sweats. 


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This post was sponsored by South Moon Under. Prices are accurate at publishing time.