July 19, 2019

The first day of college can be both daunting and exciting. Daunting because some of us might be stepping out of school for the first time, and exciting because you might be looking forward to meeting new people. Whatever the reason, the first day of college is emotionally overwhelming.

All of us look forward to a fresh start when we enter college; we want to reinvent ourselves. But apart from having a fear of leaving behind our old friends and making new ones, we might also be anxious about creating a good first impression. And what better way to create a great first impression than by dressing well?

Here are some comfortable and trendy college wear ideas to rock on the first day of college!

For Women:

Palazzo And Culottes

Palazzo pants and culottes make a trendy college wear outfit. They are fashionable, comfortable and trendy. Since palazzo pants are loose, pair them with a tight-fitting top. If you are short, you can opt for culottes over palazzos.

If your pants have prints and designs on them, wear a simple block coloured top over it. You can also wear a plain tank top along with a printed stole. You can also wear a long kurti along with palazzo pants or a knee-length kurti with culottes. But since palazzos and culottes are flowy, don’t wear them with an extremely baggy top.



If jeans are your go-to outfit for every occasion, then make sure you have a pair of skinny fit or high waisted jeans in your wardrobe. It’s best to stay away from distressed or ripped jeans on the first day of college. You can team your jeans with either a simple cotton top or a short kurti. You can also wear a cape-style top, an A-line top, cold shoulder top and a short tunic or kaftan. Make sure you keep your style simple and clean on the first day- you can bring out the glitzy tops later!

If your college has a strict dress code, don’t worry too much- you can experiment with ethnic looks and still look fashionable and fabulous!

Dhoti Pants

If you want to sport an ethnic look and still look chic, wear dhoti pants with a tank top and a jacket. You can also wear dhotis pants with short ethnic tops and kurtas- the best part of dhoti pants is that they lend themselves beautifully to both traditional and modern wear!

Kurtis With Leggings Or Patiala Pants

Kurtis are among the most comfortable outfits you can own and can be worn at any time of the year. You can either wear a short or long kurti based on your style and preference. Kurtis can be worn over leggings, cigarette pants and Patiala pants. If you are wearing printed leggings, then go for a plain block coloured kurti. And if you are wearing a plain white or black kurti, drape a printed and coloured dupatta over it.

Long Skirts


Long, flowy skirts are great as trendy college wear- especially if you’re tall! Choose from a range of long ethnic skirts and pair them with a plain top and a printed scarf for a trendy look.



Wear simple accessories that are lightweight and easy to manage. Make sure it’s comfortable, because you might spend over five hours in college, and heavy accessories might make you feel itchy when you sweat. Wear simple yet classy studs and pair them up with a simple necklace.



Make sure your footwear is extremely comfortable- you don’t want a shoe bite on the first day of college! For ethnic clothes, you can wear Kholapuri shoes, mojaris or just sandals. For western outfits, you can wear ballerinas, open-toed shoes, sneakers or even running shoes. Wear whatever keeps you relaxed!

College Outfit Ideas For Men:

Men can opt for either casual shirts, t-shirts or polo-necked shirts. Pick one that fits you well and matches your physique. If you are wearing a t-shirt, be careful about the prints on it, especially on the first day of college. 

Opt for plain t-shirts or V-neck shirts. Black, white, grey and blue are some safe bets for the first day of college until you understand the vibe of the campus. Linen shirts are also a classy option to exude a formal vibe on the first day. You can even go for a sporty t-shirt or a button-down slim fit shirt. If you want to wear a printed shirt, keep it subtle. Loud designs on your t shirt is not a great college outfit idea.

Pick The Right Pants


Jeans are the best option for everyday wear. You can wear either blue, black or grey jeans. Distressed jeans are not ideal for the first day of college, and you should keep them for informal events. Also, make sure you don’t look like you haven’t had time to dress up for college. Your college might be liberal with its dress code, and you might be getting late for classes, but the first day doesn’t call for track pants or sweat pants.

If your college has a formal dress code, pick pants that sit well on your waist. Make sure your shoes go well with your outfit, either formal or semi-formal. You can wear a belt that suits your trousers and shirt. Cotton pants that show a little ankle are also a cool semi-formal look. You can also go for chinos, as they are trendy and comfortable.



Linen cardigans and denim jackets are great college outfit ideas for the first day. You can also wear a high-neck bomber jacket if it compliments your outfit.



Wear a pair of shoes that go with your outfit. You can either wear loafers, sneakers, running shoes or formal shoes.

No matter what you are wearing, remember to put on the right attitude. It’s your first day to a new start, so be confident, be optimistic and more than anything else, be yourself. For all these college outfit ideas and more, shop at Shoppers Stop to build your college wardrobe!

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