As a college sophomore I want to back up what CTGuy said, and continue something he alluded too which is that you have to know what to invest a lot for and what not spend much money on. Your winter jacket is very important, so make sure it's nice. Â Regarding jeans, you'll probably have a couple of pairs, some nicer than others, but be sure you have at least one that can be an old reliable. It doesn't have to be fancy, just comfortable and fairly normal. Â Same goes with polos, casual button-downs and sweaters. Â You may have some that are real nice or stylish, but be sure you have one of each that is very simple and won't be out of style by the time the next music video rolls around. I've also found that if you want to be seen as stylish but not too "out there" then it is important to know the stylish tempermants of the people at your university. For instance, I came from a private prep school to a large public university so my first semester I still had a tendancy to occasionally wear blazers, ties, and Sperry's to class. Needless to say, I have since learned that those who didn't know me at the time thought I was a snob because of the clothes I wore. I still am able to express my feelings of style, but have learned able to mute it in regular day to day dealings (for example, losing the tie or wearing a sweater instead of a blazer). Regarding the jacket you mentioned--I think I know what you're talking about. If it is a heavy jacket then I would keep it for other occasions and invest in a nice wool coat. If it's a light jacket it should be fine for the spring and early fall. If it's a pro team jacket I might be a little leary, but if it's an adidas or track style you'll be okay. Â I personally feel like the three most important style tips I can give to incoming college students are to A) get clothes that are classics and won't be out of style in two years (because you probably won't be buying a lot of clothes), B) be your confident self (in clothes and in general) and you'll get along fine, because nearly everyone in college is looking to make friends, and C) don't worry as much about your clothes Â (I'm definitely guilty of violating C). Cool.