9 Things Every Southern Girl Needs in Her Dorm Room

The essentials for a high-functioning, high-class college space.

Katherine Owen
Southern Girl Dorm Room

You know the standard list of dorm room essentials you need to prepare for a year of living in what is likely pretty tight quarters. Said list typically includes shower caddies, mini fridges, and other not-so-inspiring purchases. But down South, that list is often muuuch longer (and not just because of tailgating gear). Every Southern girl knows dorm room décor is so much more than a $2 poster you throw on the wall with some exposed tape and call it home sweet home. Dorms call for sentimental touches (to fight homesickness), organization that’s both functional and pretty, and lots of monograms (to prevent confusion, of course.) Get started here with some Southern dorm essentials:

1. A little piece of home state pride
For out-of-state students, little reminders of home will help make the transition easier. Plus it's a fun opportunity to brag on your home state. These precious dish towels clean up spills while reminding her of home. (Perfect for dorms with mini kitchens.) Buy it: $30, shop.nordstrom.com

2. Bedding that’s high style (and high function)
LeighDeux, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, got its start as a textile company making upscale dorm furnishings. Now they produce everything from rugs to duvets for both dorm and home, but we have a special fondness for their commitment to improving dreary dorm rooms. This duvet is machine washable and wrinkle resistant…perfect for low-maintenance dorm living. Buy it: $169, leighdeuxdorm.com

3. A mug of their own (that’s clearly marked as such)
It’s no secret that Southerners love a monogram. Mark your territory in the kitchen with these cute letter mugs. Buy it: $24, shop.nordstrom.com

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4. Storage that’s stylish too
Speaking of monograms…This canvas store-it-all bin is perfect for sliding under dorm beds and organizing under-sink necessities. Buy it: $64, shop.nordstrom.com

5. Darling frames for photos of family and friends
Maybe a framed photo of the family opportunely placed in their dorm will remind them to call every now and then? Buy it: $14, shop.nordstrom.com

6. A tidy but dainty jewelry box
Where’s girl to put her pearls in a tiny dorm room? A jewelry box will keep already-limited counter spaces tidy and stylized. Buy it: $75, shop.nordstrom.com

7. A terry towel wrap (a dorm primping necessity)
This is a true-must have for new college students. Dorm living equals close quarters and limited privacy during pre-party beauty routines. A terry cloth towel wrap is the obvious (and super-comfy) solution. Buy it: $29.95, amazon.com

8. A dressed-up dorm poster
Remember what we said earlier about $2 dorm posters? Well this one is still a steal at $10, but much much cuter than your average movie or concert poster. Every desk could use a little inspiration after all. Buy it: $10, amazon.com

9. A cozy throw blanket
The fight over the thermostat thrives no where like it does in the dorm. Count on it being chilly, especially during winter months in older dorms. A cute throw makes the room inviting and the pom-poms on this one make it feel extra special. Buy it: $39, shop.nordstrom.com

*Every Southern girl knows that she should always be on the look-out for deals and steals.