As a freshman in college, it can be difficult to know exactly what to bring, especially when it comes to clothes. Not only do you have to consider the weather, but also your new beginning.
I’ve come up with a list of tips that keep Gonzaga University’s culture and Spokane’s weather in mind.
GU students represent many styles; none prevails. However, some trends stand out on campus, such as flannels, baggy jeans, oversized crew-necks, and cropped tops. Matching rings, gold hoop earrings and dainty necklaces are also favorites. If any of these items interest you, take it with you.
If you need inspiration for your new style, visit Pinterest or shop Instagram. Start your search with keywords like cottagecore, academia, skater, boho-chic, and casual.
Of course, spirit clothing is also popular, especially for those interested in school sports. The Zag Shop has a large amount of clothing, but you can also get merchandise from events, often for free.
Since school officially starts on August 30 and ends on May 12, you will experience all four seasons. As a result, the clothes you pack should reflect this.
In Spokane, September averages 75 degrees and 51 degrees. Towards the beginning of the month, it may still be in the 80s, and the lows could dip into the 40s later on.
Meanwhile, the classic shorts and t-shirt combination is unbeatable. However, if you’re from a warmer climate, like California, I recommend having a sweater on when the night comes. It will be cool enough around October to wear long sleeves, light jackets and pants.
You also can’t go wrong wearing a hat and sunglasses; it will be sunny most of the month.
Even though Spokane is in the Interior Northwest, the clothing style is consistent with the Pacific Northwest. There are several places to hike, swim, ski, kayak, and paddle board, so for outdoor enthusiasts, bring your gear.
Brands like Patagonia, Pendleton, Fjallraven, Carhartt, Columbia, Merrell and The North Face are hugely popular with locals, so if you want to follow their example, this is a good place to start.
As it will not be hot for long, bring warmer clothes. Also consider how often you will be traveling home, as you can always take clothes home or bring more to school throughout the year.
During the colder months, from November to February, winter clothing is essential. It’s in the low 30s on a good day, and there’s an occasional cold snap, where temperatures dip below 20 degrees. Usually there is also a slight wind.
Remember to bring hats, sweaters, warm pants, boots, buttonholes and a ski jacket. Ugg lace-up boots, The North Face down jackets and Carhartt beanies are always safe bets.
There’s plenty to do in the Spokane area, so a versatile closet is a must. In addition to outdoor activities, the shops are plentiful, ranging from plants and clothing to cosmic bowling, raves, concerts and ax throwing. Therefore, you might want some fun outfits for a night out on the town and parties.
In addition to the usual attire, it is advisable to bring at least business attire. If you’re attending a job fair, having an off-campus job interview, or doing an internship, you might have liked to bring something. Last minute shopping is too stressful.
Don’t worry if you can’t fit all your clothes in your suitcase as there are plenty of places to shop. From Value Village to Nordstrom, Spokane has just about everything.
If you like thrift stores, I suggest you stop by Global Neighborhood Thrift, NWC Thrift Store, and The Arc Thrift Store. If you prefer brand stores and boutiques, take a stroll through the city center; that’s where most of them are.
With these clothing tips, your freshman year just got a little easier.