Simple Outfit Ideas for the Jamaican College Student

A friend of mine, Stephena, asked me for a post like this. Like me, she was looking for fashion/wardrobe advice for college. In Jamaica, we wear uniforms all the way up to high school (whether it’s a public or private school). Because of this, the transition to wearing casual clothes every day in college can be hard for some people.

I watched loads of YouTube videos, read blog posts, and scoured Pinterest for inspiration. I found a lot of great tips and outfits, but for the sake of simplicity and affordability, I’ve chosen the most practical tips for a Jamaican college student.

Essentially, you’ll need to start with a few basics. You don’t need *all* of these, but it’s a good place to start and you’ll cover your bases.

  1. A few camisoles and/or tank tops
  2. Plain T-Shirts (White and/or coloured)
  3. ‘Nice’ tops (button-down tops, or whatever fits your personal style)
  4. A few pairs of jeans (If at all possible, get one light-wash, one dark-wash and one pair of black jeans.)
  5. A pair of leggings (optional)
  6. A cardigan (optional)
  7. Belt (optional)
  8. Sandals and/or
  9. Sneakers and/or
  10. Comfy flats

Once you have these, you can come up with many outfits, all with the same basic formula: Top + bottom + shoes.

All you have to do is choose one from each category and add accessories as you wish.


  • Camisoles
  • White T-shirt (V-neck, Crew neck, Polo)
  • Coloured T-shirt (V-neck, Crew neck, Polo)
  • Graphic T-shirt
  • Crop Tops
  • Long-sleeve tops


  • Jeans (Dark, light or black)
  • Leggings
  • (And anything else you may have in your closet, such as joggers, shorts, skirts or Capri pants.)


  • Sneakers
  • Sandals
  • Ballet flats
  • (Any other comfortable shoes you may have such as crocs, flip-flops)


Belt: If you tuck your shirt in, you can wear a cute belt as an accessory.

Jewellery: Add jewellery as necessary to accessorize your look, such as rings, necklaces, anklets, bracelets, etc.

Cardigan: If your classes get a bit cold, you can wear a very light cardigan. It’s better than wearing a sweater, in some cases. Because if it does get hot, you can fold it and put it in your bag without worrying about taking up too much space (unlike a bulky sweater).

Simple Outfit Inspiration

Round neck shirt, jeggings and sneakers

simple outfit ideas for the Jamaican college student

Flannel shirt, blue jeans, belt, sandals and necklace

simple outfit ideas for the jamaican college student

Crop Top, high-waisted jeans, ballet flats, necklace

Model: Ariel McDonald | Instagram: @__ohariel

Round neck top, blue jeans, converse, necklace


Though I haven’t managed to post on here often because I’m still adjusting to Medical school, I have been taking a lot of pictures, so I decided to share them. I hope you guys liked this post, and thanks to Stephena for recommending that I write a post like this.


Until next time,

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