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How To Maximize Your Dorm Room Storage Space With A Capsule Closet

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Welcome back to school. It's a new dawn and a new day for college freshmen, or just another school year to get through for everyone else (teachers included). Regardless of your school status, fall semester is going to be busy spent juggling classes and your social life, getting back to your workout routine and attending parties. September and the months that follow can seem like a daunting challenge, but a fun one where you can shine with not only your academic prowess, but your sense of style. The only downside is that not all of us can afford a brand new outfit to dress up for every occasion. 

The trick here is a capsule closet, i.e. a limited selection of  pieces that all coordinate with one another that can be reworked to suit different events. It's the perfect solution to packing for college, especially if you're limited to dorm room storage space. We've picked out ten pieces of clothing and some accessories to mix and match with – but most realistic capsules involve a few extra basic pieces to build on (if only to save on the amount of laundry you have to do). There are several ways to create your collection: you can pick a color scheme or a key print as a focal point, or you can opt for an aesthetic tone. We've chosen to take this year's number one fall palette of hot red and toned it down with blacks and grays to make it more adaptable, and thrown in a few #girlboss pieces that can be dressed up or down, like pointed-toe sock boots and a boxy plaid blazer, to give it a classy (pun intended) touch. 

Functionality is also key. We've picked a soft cashmere sweater that will keep you cozy in the classroom or at a study sesh, but whose luxe marl finish will work well at a casual dinner or a winter party, too. It's always a good idea to incorporate a more dressy piece such as a satin slip that can be styled with a smart jacket and slick handbag on an (un)expected date, or paired with sneakers and layered under your knitwear for a smart-casual brunch. The same rule applies to accessories, and in particular shoes: a sleek pair of ankle boots can add a stylish finish to almost any outfit, while a minimal sneaker will see you well at the gym or add an athleisure touch to more casual looks. We all know you need a big bag to fit all of your books and stationary, but there's no need for you to rock your tell-tale tote bag when you're not running between classes. For the evenings and weekends, why not invest in a quality crossbody that can double as a clutch to elevate your outfits from student-casual to fashionista-fresh. 

Here’s everything we selected for our capsule closet, scroll down to see 8 possible ways to style it for different occasions throughout semester: 
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Zara Cashmere Sweater - $149
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Isla Silver Wrap Dress - $227
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& Other Stories Red Panel Trousers - $95
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Mango Prince of Wales Blazer - $120
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Adidas Originals 3 Stripes Track Pants - $65
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Topshop One Shoulder Body Suit - $30
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Victoria Beckham Half Moon Box Chain Leather Shoulder Bag - $1,920
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New Balance Vaze Rush Runner - $85
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& Other Stories Color Block Pleat Skirt - $85
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Faryl Robin + Free People Vegan Luxe Sock Boot - $138
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In Class



1) Zara Cashmere Sweater - $149 2) Adidas Originals 3 Stripes Track Pants - $65 3) New Balance Vaze Rush Runner - $85

Study Session


1) Zara Cashmere Sweater - $149 2) & Other Stories Color Block Pleat Skirt - $85 3) New Balance Vaze Rush Runner - $85

giving a presentation


1) Mango Prince of Wales Blazer - $120 2) Adidas Originals 3 Stripes Track Pants - $65 3) Faryl Robin + Free People Vegan Luxe Sock Boot - $138

Gym



1) Topshop One Shoulder Body Suit - $30 2) Adidas Originals 3 Stripes Track Pants - $65 3) New Balance Vaze Rush Runner - $85

Student Mixer



1) Zara Cashmere Sweater - $149 2) & Other Stories Red Panel Trousers - $95 3) Faryl Robin + Free People Vegan Luxe Sock Boot - $138

House Party



1) & Other Stories Red Panel Trousers - $95 2) Topshop One Shoulder Body Suit - $30 3) Faryl Robin + Free People Vegan Luxe Sock Boot - $138

Girls' Night



1) & Other Stories Color Block Pleat Skirt - $85 2) Topshop One Shoulder Body Suit - $30 3) 3) Faryl Robin + Free People Vegan Luxe Sock Boot - $138

Date night



1) Mango Prince of Wales Blazer - $120 2) Isla Silver Wrap Dress - $227 3) Faryl Robin + Free People Vegan Luxe Sock Boot - $138 4) Victoria Beckham Half Moon Box Chain Leather Shoulder Bag - $1,920
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