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Off To The Big Apple

Dear Sugar
Next fall, I will be moving to New York City to attend college. Even though I would love to be able to take all of my clothes with me, I've heard that the dorm rooms were small and the closet space was almost non existant. Could you suggest some key items that will help me survive the big apple while still being stylish? College Bound Beatrice

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Dear College Bound Beatrice
What an exciting journey you are about to begin. You are correct, dorm rooms in general are very small and the closets are unfortunately extremely small. New York has four seasons, you should plan to pack by season and swap out your wardrobe when the weather changes.

Since coats take up a lot of room, invest in an adhesive coat rack to hang on the outside of your door. Crates or plastic containers are also great for storing big sweaters or shoes underneath your bed. The Container Store sells hangers that can hold multiple pants which will leave more room in your closet for tops and dresses.

Since space is such a big concern, bring a lot of accessories to keep fresh and stylish. Belts are very in right now and can jazz up any sweater or blouse. Jewelry can make a simple black shirt look brand new after each wear. Scarfs and hats add style to winter wear and sunglasses and sandals add style to summer wear.

Every dorm room is different but organization is key. Plan to pack lightly and hopefully you will be pleasantly surprised by the size of your closet and you will have enough room to go shopping in the fashion capital of the Unites States. Have fun.

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HariboLicorice HariboLicorice 10 years
I'm in the law school but I was an undergraduate there once as well in arts and science. The closets at NYU are pretty big compared to most colleges if that is where you are going. I had a walk in closet sophomore year. I'd definitely bring as little as possible-you'll see how much room you have, and like nica said, don't bring your yearbooks, book collection, and all that stuff. THAT will take up your entire space and you'll be too busy to look at it anyway.
nicachica nicachica 10 years
also, realize that you won't need every picture of your friends, your yearbooks from all 4 years of h.s., the 17 posters adorning your room and other "stuff." I would select maybe 5-10 small things that remind you of home to decorate your room and make it feel comfy. TRUST ME, you will accumulate a TON of stuff your first year of school and you'll need the space! also, pack only the bare essentials, like basic black shirts, jeans, etc. you'll be in NYC...who wouldn't want to go crazy shopping there? when you pack your bags, leave it for a day and then go back and take out about half of that stuff. if you haven't worn it in at least a year, then you probably won't wear it again. Good luck! College is an amazing experience and i hope it goes well for you. :)
nicachica nicachica 10 years
okay, here's a HUGE tip i learned when i was in college: only pack for the season you'll be in. this works best if you know you'll be going home more than once a year. so if you're coming back for thanksgiving, then don't pack any heavy jackets and bring back the summer dresses and flip flops.
malzie89 malzie89 10 years
ahahah thanks so much! i'll remember that about the dryer! im just still not sure what to take with me...i have wayy to many clothes and i need stuff that will transition...DEAR'S advice on accesories was a good make thinks fresh..and like youwere saying with classic pieces..what year are you at nyu?? one of the schools i'e applied to is tisch..
HariboLicorice HariboLicorice 10 years
I think the biggest fashion problem that I myself and other people also had was trying to out-trend NY. NY is a classic city and people can get really distracted by of-the-moment trends in college that are always fleeting. There are also a lot of bad quality stores that sell things at high prices, especially around colleges. I'd stay with the classics. I love J.Crew and banana republic and bloomingdales for jeans, even H&M has some cute stuff if you check out to make sure the item is properly sewn and made well. If that's out of your budget shop the sales or check out the gap. I always shop the sales and find great stuff. Key is to look classic for you, not to copy everyone else's style (no matter how outrageously cool it might seem....i.e. my purple backpack in NYU colors- LAME) :-) . LEARN to do laundry! I mean, really learn to separate out your stuff and how to not let their industro-killer-shrink-all dryers ruin everything you have. I never dried my jeans in them after the 3rd pair that I shrunk. college dryers SUCK and half the time they don't even dry (but they still shrink).
malzie89 malzie89 10 years
thanks guys..this helps alot....haribo..if you have any advice fo me at all i would greatly appreciate it ;) thanks
HariboLicorice HariboLicorice 10 years
1 pair of Seven Jeans in a neutral wash and style like the New York Denim ones (key). Have a blazer- corduroy, black, whatever, as long as you can wear it with jeans. one pair of comfortable shoes with a moderate heel that you can walk in. I go to NYU, and lemme tell ya style pressure is not what you make it out to be when you first get to NYC (I assume the other schools are the same). Most of your clothes will transition well- just don't follow every trend on campus.
karmapunch karmapunch 10 years
You can probably take a lot of your clothes, as long as you also take some storage boxes/containers or purchase a closet organizer once you get there. You can usually put clothes in the closet and in boxes under your bed.
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