5 Clothing Pieces Every College Girl Should Own

5 Clothing Pieces Every College Girl Should Own

These clothing items are essential!

Being a lover of fashion, after attending college for a year I found a few things that I highly recommend bringing and wearing at college. Here are just a few of my favorite fashion pieces that I think will be of great use!

1. Oversized Sweater

Big comfy sweaters are perfect to bring to college. They look great with leggings and jeans and can easily be dressed up with a statement necklace or a big scarf. They are a good piece to keep you warm during the fall and winter seasons when it is cold outside and will easily make you look put together!

2. Vest

Vests are great jackets to wear around campus. They are perfect for those fall days when it is chilly outside but there is no need for a winter coat. I highly recommend purchasing one!

3. Rain Boots

You never know when it is going to rain, but when it does you will want to keep your feet from getting wet. I suggest splurging and purchasing Hunter boots. They come in fun colors and you have the option of getting them short or high in length and with a glossy or matte finish! You can even buy Hunter socks which stick out of the boots and cuff over to add warmth to your feet and a cute design to your rain boots!

4. Black Leggings

This is such a simple item of clothing but it is a great item to have in your closet. They are great to wear with any top whether you are going for a casual or dressed up look. You can even find leggings that are fleece-lined or thermal for the winter which will keep you nice and warm. There are also leggings that have leather patches and zippers that add great detail!

5. Sundress

Sundresses are great pieces to wear in either the summer or the spring. They are so easy to throw on and will make you look like you put a lot of effort into getting ready for the day!

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Cutting My Hair Off Wasn't A Brave Decision

I just didn't have a choice.

I never considered myself a girl that defined herself by her hair.

This past May, people started to notice how long my hair was. When I would walk into my local coffee shop, I was greeted with "Hey, Rapunzel!" This past June, I had a stroke. This past September, I cut my hair off. I got a pixie cut, and I feel like a completely different person. When I had my stroke, I had a drain put in. In order to do that, they had to shave my head, but they ended up shaving only part of it.

When I finally regained consciousness, my hair was pretty much gone.

Whenever I would reach up to run my hands through it, I would hit a tube instead. I was in the neuro ICU for so long that I made friends with the charge nurse that was usually there. She braided what little hair I still had, and it made me feel like I was still a real person. She always used to ask what I planned to do with my hair. One side was completely buzzed, and the other side was about a foot long. I really didn't know what I wanted to do. I figured that I would cross that bridge when I came to it. Some nurses suggested that I leave it buzzed on one side, but just get it touched up. Others said that I should just cut it all off.

When I was finally sent from the ICU to a rehab facility, I decided that I needed to figure out what to do. I was in an inpatient rehab facility, but I didn't plan to be there for long. While I was there, my goal was not only to re-learn to walk, but also to get comfortable with touching my own head.

That seems like a really weird statement, I know. Like I said before, I had a drain coming out of my head for about two months. Eventually, it was taken out, and I got a stitch to keep it closed. Even though there was a stitch, there was still some scarring and it scabbed over. There was no hair there to distract me from the feeling of a scabbed-over wound. Right before I left ICU, they even re-buzzed my head so that they could stitch it up.

Eventually, I felt better about touching my head. I didn't notice the stitch as much as time went on. My mom trimmed up some stray hairs that they had missed when they shaved my head the first time, and I guess that I felt better.

When they eventually discharged me from rehab, I felt like the decision was more pressing than before. I stalled on it for a really long time. I blamed it on the fact that I was preoccupied with recovering, and said that I just didn't feel like deciding yet.

When I moved back into my apartment in West Virginia, six hours away from home, I figured that I really needed to decide. I could keep braiding it and flipping my hair over the buzzed side, but that was a lot of work. I could keep wearing hats and headbands, but I knew that I couldn't do that forever. Plus my hair would grow in REALLY unevenly.

My roommate convinced me that I just needed to suck it up and cut it, so I did. I hated it. A lot.

I didn't know what to do with it. Eventually, I ended up getting it actually styled. I liked that better, but I still hated it.

A lot of people would remark "Wow, you're so brave for cutting your hair!", but it wasn't brave. I just really didn't have a choice. Sure, I wish that it was a brave decision. I wish that I had decided it on my own. But I didn't. I felt backed into a corner.

You know the analogy about an animal that's chained to something? They're there for so long that they gnaw off the chained limb in order to escape. That's how I felt. My long hair was a chained limb, and I had to cut it off. Emotionally, it really hurt, and I still haven't come to terms with it.

My long hair made me feel more approachable. Whenever I'm out in public, people are less likely to approach me now that I've cut my hair. I haven't even changed my profile pictures on social media.

When I see people that I used to be friends with, I just pretend that I don't see them. I just assume that they won't recognize me. Sure, there are new tagged photos of me on Facebook, but I'm uncomfortable with every single one of them. My Tinder profile is still just photos from before my stroke. My Twitter avatar was taken only days before my stroke.

Eventually, yeah, I'll probably update my social media. But not now. I'm still not ready for it.

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5 Game Plans To Up Your Wardrobe If You're A Lazy 20-Something Professional, Like Me

It's a real tragedy that office culture doesn't accept slippers as appropriate footwear.

Trying to present yourself as semi-professional, or full-on professional, on a daily basis is hard work, let me tell ya. Through high school, you could catch me wearing sweatpants and slippers. Yoga pants? Yup, I wore ‘em. It’s not that I don’t appreciate personal style, self-expression, or comfort anymore, I’m just learning to make all of those things more presentable to our professional society.

1. No more graphic tees, period.

It’s time to ditch ‘em. And I get it, Target sells dozens of comfy tees with cute sayings and pictures. You gotta let them go! If you *must* keep some in rotation, style them with some cigarette pants and a relaxed blazer.

2. Sweaters are your best friend!

Seriously, sweaters are the best way to keep comfy and stay warm. And they still look nice? Sign. Me. Up. Bonus: layer a button up or flannel underneath for some added flare.

3. Ponte leggings instead of yoga pants.

This is seriously a game changer, ladies, I promise. Just as comfy and form-fitting, but they give off a classier vibe.

4. Clogs, clogs, clogs!

Comfortable. Stylish. What’s not to love? Clogs are making a comeback, and if you haven’t jumped aboard yet, now is the time. (Plus, if you’re going for the second-grade teacher or librarian look, these will complete it perfectly!)

5. Ditch the backpacks, PLEASE.

Or at least step them up. No more North Face hiking backpacks, y’all. Get a nice, nondescript canvas or leather backpack that has clean lines and no large visible logo, or opt for an over the shoulder bag or briefcase if you have less to carry around.

Stay tuned for more installments in this journey as I find more ways to step up my own closet, and stay comfy and unique while I do it!

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