College is a wonderful time for meeting new people, embarking on an adventure and indulging in fresh experiences that you as of yet haven’t had the chance to take in. It’s an exciting period, and one in which you should approach well-equipped and with a plan. After all, college life is unpredictable. You never know if you’re going to be at a formal dinner, heading to a festival with friends or preparing for a part-time job interview to scrape together some beer money. For that reason, it’s important to have a closet that reflects all these different possibilities, and be as prepared as you can be when it comes to dressing appropriately and making a good first impression. Below, we’ll look at some of the outfits that every guy in college should own.

Date Outfit

For a single guy (or girl) just starting university, the dating life is sure to be one in which everyone is a player. This is doubly true when you consider that we live in the age where Tinder, social media and online dating are normalised and commonplace. Having outfits that are at once smart but not overly pretentious is crucial. Think a pair of well-fitting jeans, a button-up shirt (Oxford or chambray is good here) that goes with or without a casual sports jacket. What’s great is that you can get most of these items online from retailers like Peter Hahn or Superdry. It’s also versatile enough that you can pair this outfit with a decent pair of brogues or just sneakers.

Club Outfit

Everyone needs to let their hair down once in a while, drink a beer (or eight) and dance until the sun comes up, right? Hell yeah. But if you’re going to throw your arms up in the air all night, then you’re going to need to look good doing so. Grab a pair of chinos, some comfortable shoes and a bomber jacket and you’re off to the races, or the bar, or the club.

Festival Outfit

When summer rolls around, it’s almost mandatory that you hit at least a few festivals. In any case, when are you going to get the chance to wear outrageous hats without anyone judging you? It’s a veritable insult-free zone that you have to take advantage of. Flat caps, short shorts, a pair of Vans and colourful vests are the order of the day. Complement that with some accessories such as temporary tattoos and a pair of Wayfarers, and you’re sure to steal the show.