Editors’ Picks: College Essentials for Fall 2023

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With the end of summer quickly approaching, many students around the country are getting ready to head back to their universities. While this can be overwhelming, it’s also extremely exciting as you are welcomed to or introduced back to all the beauty of campus life. Whether you are a new college student or a returning upperclassman, it’s important to make the most of your dorm experience. This roundup can help you quickly settle into your new environment and help you feel good about where you will be spending most of your time: bonding with your roommates and friends, studying, and making lasting memories.

Fashion Reverie wanted to compile a list of hand-picked college essentials we know are beneficial to all students. We also felt it was important to show you affordable items that could last even after your college years are over.

These products will help you power through and crush midterms and finals—without thinking about the debt that will loom over you once you graduate. This roundup is meant to serve as a baseline for the average college student to get started with school purchases in a smart and effective way.

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Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System Coffee Maker 

Coming in at #1 for most essential is this coffee maker from Ninja that makes regular coffee, cold brew, and even tea. While this is a bit pricy, it can be a great thing to get with your roommate or roommates to all share together.

The foldaway frothing arm can turn any drink into a delicious latte. Say goodbye to those insanely hectic runs to Starbucks and Dunkin. You can now become a fan favorite among your friend circle for being able to serve them great caffeinated drinks in as little as ten minutes.

$200 available at www.amazon.com

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Longchamp Le Pliage Green M Handbag

Backpacks and tote bags aren’t exactly for everyone, so Fashion Reverie was determined to find the best handbag option. Not only does this sky-blue bag look nice, it’s also lightweight and durable, making it perfect for holding your laptop, journal, documents, etc. Not only that, but it’s also made of recycled polyamide canvas with an inside coating for long wear.

The metallic hardware is silver-colored, and the purse includes Russian leather cowhide trimming. This bag is perfect for going from class to a social setting with friends, as it features an exterior that is equipped with a zipper and snap closure. This bag isn’t just impressively affordable, but it’s also the hottest bag to have for the return of the 2023–2024 school year.

$140 available at www.longchamp.com in a variety of color options.

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Fjällräven’s Kånken Totepack

This totepack from Fjällräven turns the everyday tote into an even more functionally designed bag. It is both a shoulder bag and backpack and is perfect for crowded buses, shuttles, and trains during those long commutes from the dorm or off-campus apartment to all those classes scattered around campus.

This mid-sized, unisex backpack has a zippered main compartment as well as an inside pocket with a padded base designed for a 13″ laptop. For those who love finding great study spots on campus, the bag features a seat pad that sits in the back pocket of the main compartment and can be taken out and used to study, read a book, tan—or any other activity your heart desires. And for those looking to make a lasting sustainable mark on the planet, it comes equipped with G-1000, which is their own outdoor fabric that can stay in use for years and years to come.

$100 available at www.fjallraven.com in a variety of color options.

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Fireside Shearling Slippers by Dearfoams

Every college student thrives on getting ready minutes before class. College is great because there are no dress codes, which makes it easier to add comfort to your daily wardrobe. Whether you are heading to class or coming from a long workout at the gym, shoes you can slide into easily will become your go-to throughout your university experience.

These chestnut-colored shoes are gender-neutral and provide durable indoor and outdoor outsoles that make you feel cozy, even on those days that get exhausting. They are moisture-wicking and have a temperature-regulating design that defines their true capabilities. Not to mention, these Dearfoams are perfect on rainy and snowy days, as the shoes are completely water-resistant.

$54.95 available at www.dearfoams.com in select sizes and colors

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Owala FreeSip Insulated Bottle

Ok. Ok. Fashion Reverie understands there are plenty of water bottles on the market, but this water bottle is completely different from its competitors. The bottle features a patented 2-in-1 spot that features both a built-in spout for sipping, as well as a wide-mouth opening for chugging.

The bottle is also designed to be easily cleaned with minimal hard-to-reach surfaces. This 40-ounce bottle is perfect for keeping you hydrated on the go, as it comes with a cup holder-friendly base and is triple-layered with vacuum-insulated stainless steel. Say goodbye to room temperature coffee after those ice cubes in your Starbucks cup start to melt away. The bottle is also leak-proof and has a carrying loop, which makes it easier to store and convenient for traveling around campus.

$31.75 available at www.amazon.com in select sizes and colors.

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This is the ideal cart to go into a communal area of any dorm space as a kitchen cart, or it could be used as a shared bathroom cart to separate your toiletries from roommates and guests who happen to stay over. The trolley rolls wherever you need it, making it a smart choice for getting the most out of a small space.

Due to the entire cart being steel, it’s very easy to clean and wipe dry with a simple cloth when dust or stains appear. Not only is it super cheap, but this adds shelf space you may be lacking when it comes to a typical dorm setup. 

$25 available at www.ikea.com

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Every kid fears the day they can no longer rely on their parents to take care of their laundry. But you can make your laundry routine a whole lot easier if you have a great laundry bag.

This beige bag from Ikea is incredibly easy to carry from your place to the laundry room, and features both long and short handles. When it’s not being used, it’s easy to fold and store it in a closet space or underneath your bed. The drawstring is the best part; it makes any laundry load less exposed and helps keep dust from piling up. When the bag is closed, there is also a small gap to provide airing to keep your clothes from smelling like mildew. It’s 26 gallons and can hold multiple loads of laundry while having a plastic interior perfectly designed for easy wiping and cleaning when necessary.

$20 available at www.ikea.com

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The Vintage Cosmetic Company’s Ice Roller

Don’t let stress breakouts from the anxiety that comes with managing college life bring you down. Instead, fight back with this chill new way to brighten under-eye circles and quickly reduce the appearance of pesky pores.

The roller is medium-sized and designed for use on both the face and body. You can use it straight from the freezer for the ultimate cold-temperature massage. It also helps treat bad headaches and aching muscles, which gives it a lot of extra usage outside of a skin routine.

$13 available at www.ulta.com

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OXO Good Grips Compact Dustpan and Brush Set

This affordable cleaning product is perfect as it is compact and takes up very little room. It comes with a microfiber duster, so you aren’t stuck constantly buying Swiffer one-use wipes. The brush part snaps into the dustpan for simple and easy storage, which allows it to stand upright on any countertop. Its slim design helps it to easily fit into a drawer or other small nook space. And the rubber lip of the dustpan is great for cleaning up any surface in your dorm while tackling those hard-to-reach pieces of dirt, food, trash and dust.

$10 available at www.amazon.com

—Ryan Salfino




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