Next fall, I will be moving to New York City to attend college. Even though I would love to be able to take all of my clothes with me, I've heard that the dorm rooms were small and the closet space was almost non existant. Could you suggest some key items that will help me survive the big apple while still being stylish? College Bound Beatrice
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Dear College Bound Beatrice
What an exciting journey you are about to begin. You are correct, dorm rooms in general are very small and the closets are unfortunately extremely small. New York has four seasons, you should plan to pack by season and swap out your wardrobe when the weather changes.
Since coats take up a lot of room, invest in an adhesive coat rack to hang on the outside of your door. Crates or plastic containers are also great for storing big sweaters or shoes underneath your bed. The Container Store sells hangers that can hold multiple pants which will leave more room in your closet for tops and dresses.
Since space is such a big concern, bring a lot of accessories to keep fresh and stylish. Belts are very in right now and can jazz up any sweater or blouse. Jewelry can make a simple black shirt look brand new after each wear. Scarfs and hats add style to winter wear and sunglasses and sandals add style to summer wear.
Every dorm room is different but organization is key. Plan to pack lightly and hopefully you will be pleasantly surprised by the size of your closet and you will have enough room to go shopping in the fashion capital of the Unites States. Have fun.