College is a time of transformation. Students are forming their own beliefs about the world, developing their professional expertise and re-discovering their sense of style. Clothing is freedom of expression. There’s always a way to be fashionable without breaking the bank.

By: Justin Knight for Howard University

Invest in the basics.

Basics are the best way to maximize your wardrobe because of their versatility. Students are busy with class, on-campus activities, Greek life and much more. Who wants to waste time stressing over what to wear? Make every piece in your wardrobe your favorite item, and you’ll always look amazing. Here is a list of key pieces every woman should own to easily mix up your look.

  •  Straight-Leg or Skinny-Leg Jeans (preferably a dark denim)
  •  Black Blazer
  •  White Button-Down Shirt
  •  Cardigan (a neutral color is optimal for mixing it with the most outfits)
  •  Sheath Dress
  •  Skinny Belt
  •  Black Pumps
  •  Nude Pumps
  •  A great everyday purse
  •  Tank Tops (white, black, grey, and camel)

Now basics are imperative, but accessories are where the magic happens. Accessories are your opportunity to have fun with trendy items and pops of color. Accessories can completely change your look. Adding a chunky necklace and a pair of black pumps to a plain white tank top, blazer, and jeans, you can instantly go from boring to brilliant.


Clothing can be worn multiple ways. For example, midi-skirts are really popular right now, but it may be difficult for a student to justify purchasing this item if you only see yourself wearing it every once in a while. However, if you care to take a step outside of your “wardrobe box,” you can also wear a midi-skirt as a dress or even a top. Having trouble envisioning this look?

Fashion is timeless. Shopping in thrift stores is a major budget saver, but that’s a topic for another post. For those too timid to attempt thrifting there are still tips and tricks we can learn from the past. Women in the 40’s and 50’s had the foresight to wear their cardigans backward. The buttons in the back and the slight V-neck made for a very sexy silhouette and punched up any skirt. This is another example of the versatility of basics.

Use your imagination and see what you come up with. Here’s my interpretation of some of these tips. Guys, don’t think we forgot about you. I’ll be back to do a post on fashion tips just for you.

Give H.O.P.E. Live H.O.P.E.

Edidiong Utuk
Guest Blogger

About the Author

Edidiong “Didi” Utuk is a Howard University Law student with a love of traveling, writing and fashion. Didi’s Nigerian heritage is very apparent in her play with color and prints. When law school isn’t consuming her time, she writes her own fashion and natural hair blog. Check it out HERE.

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