Get ready to fit into any of the undergrad schools!

Listen, let’s be real—college really is just one big identity crisis. You’re constantly changing, adapting, evolving (kind of like a Pokémon), and your sense of style is no exception. It’s hard to find what works for you and makes you feel good, and it can be overwhelming to just choose an outfit in the morning. But never fear, for I am here to give you a crash course on how to dress like a student from whatever undergraduate school you’re in or want to dress like you’re in!

Barnard College 

  1. Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize! 

If you’re unsure about putting on that scarf in the morning, do it. Put it on. Then another. And maybe add those arm length gloves you forgot you even brought to school.

  1. Invest in a pair of flare or bootcut jeans. 

The wider the bottom, the better. I’m talking Liberty Bell wide (there’s a bell bottom joke somewhere in here).

  1. Pull on your chunkiest boots 

I mean the ones that are so big and heavy that it’ll be a natural disaster when you inevitably fall, but you know that Barnard never half-asses anything. 

Columbia College 

  1. Prepare for preppy styles

You’re going to dress preppy if you go to CC. Come to terms with that now. Crewnecks, boat shoes, blazers—pretty soon, you’re going to be wearing your cashmere sweater tied around your shoulders.

  1. Athleisure wear is always a classic

Leggings, track pants, zip-ups! Anything that screams “I’m going to Dodge after class.” If you really want to elevate your look to the next level, find a recruited athlete to give you their team jacket or sweatshirt. 

  1. You can never go wrong with pajamas

Who ever said comfort needs to be sacrificed for fashion? Keep the sweatshirt and sweatpants you slept in and shuffle over to your first period in your fuzzy slippers that your grandma gifted you last birthday. 


  1. Wear your lab coat and safety goggles! 

Not only are you making a statement, you’re also prepared for whenever there’s a spontaneous chem lab you need to participate in.

  1. Carry around a massive backpack

It holds all your textbooks, iPad, and laptop. It can also be used to as a weapon against anyone who talks shit about SEAS.

  1. Buy a good, sturdy pair of sneakers

You’ll need them to run from the NoCo building to Butler Library to study for the fifth physics quiz you’ve had in two days. 

General Studies 

  1. Two main ways you should dress:

You could rock something super casual like a t-shirt and jeans, or you’re head-to-toe in designer and luxury brands like Burberry, Versace, Armani, etc. 

  1. Going for a more middle ground look between the aforementioned styles? 

If you want to go more middle ground, it’s business casual. One downside of this is that you may be confused as the TA or maybe even the professor, but there are worse things in their world and maybe you can use this new identity mix-up to scare people about an upcoming quiz that was never mentioned prior. 

  1. Lumberjack-core

Flannels and plaids and, more specifically, plaid flannels. That’s it. 

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