Style Syllabus: What To Donate & Keep Before You Head Back Home

One of the many, many, grand things about college life is moving twice a year — home for the summer and back to school in the fall. What do all those boxes and over-stuffed suitcases afford you (besides a free bicep workout)? Two opportunities to cleanse your closet.
This year, start fresh with a light heart and an even lighter wardrobe, when you donate your old goods to charity. We went through your stuff so you don’t have to, and are proud to present you with a starter guide to what you need to hold on to and you should what to pass along. Trust, you’ll be glad you made some extra room in your closet when it comes time for back-to-school shopping season.
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Donate: Those trusty, yet more shabby-than-chic sweaters that kept you company in the library late at night.

Keep: A graduated version of knitwear. Pick one that still packs a bit of fun — you're never too old for that.

Madewell Seabird Cardigan, $88, available at Madewell.
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Donate: Too tight, too short, too bright skirts. They might work for ‘80s night, but not for life.

Keep: Pencil skirts in classic prints will last you decades.

ASOS Stripe Midi Pencil Skirt, $52.19, available at ASOS.
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Donate: Your old, boot-cut yoga pants that you’ve been holding on to since high school.

Keep: More streamlined versions of comfy pants that can translate to day wear when paired with something glitzy or the right pair of sohpisticated footwear.

Juicy Couture Drawstring Lounge Pant, $58, available at Juicy Couture.
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Donate: Anything that fits into the too-tight, bodycon trend...because dieting for a dress is just crazy!

Keep: Maxi skirts and dresses that show skin in more seductive ways, and tell the world that you’re all grown up.

Free People Beach Voyager Dress, $88, available at Free People.
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Donate: Those too-baggy school tees that totally hide your style.

Keep: One college-branded item as a memento. It will also pair well with mini-skirts and varsity jackets in the future.

Victoria's Secret University of Michigan V-Neck Tee, $26.50, available at Victoria’s Secret.
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