Dressing for the college lifestyle can be difficult. Between hitting the gym, running to class, sitting in meetings, making presentations, watching football games, and attending countless parties away, there is little time to think about what to wear for each aspect of your day. But, with a few basics, deciding what to put on does not have to be as difficult as staying awake through that eight a.m. chem class.
Your classes are the place to look serious, alert, and attentive, as if you would rather be sitting in that room, listening to your professor drone on about micro financing, than fast asleep in your bed. This is precisely why sweatpants are a definite no for class. Like it or not, what you wear says something about you, and a pair of sweatpants screams comfort and laxity. When you walk into class, you want your peers and your professors to at least think you are serious about the subject and are interested in doing well.
I love the idea of simple dresses and skirts for class. It is a good idea not to be too flashy when you walk into the classroom, so subdued patterns and colors are a wise choice. Skirts with wide waistbands continue to dominate the market and they are just as comfortable as they are flattering. Try pairing your skirt with a classic black or navy blazer if you are making a presentation or just feel like dressing up your look a bit. In the winter, it can be tough to slip into a skirt or dress. Though they are a bit more casual, a great pair of jeans can do wonders for your wardrobe. Whether paired with a blazer or a t-shirt, there are so many looks that can be created with the same pair. Try a darker wash for the fall. The darker the jeans, the more likely you are to be able to dress them up and down.
As we begin thinking about our eventual career paths, important meetings may begin to become a part of our daily lives. When showing up to a meeting, or any sort of interview for that matter, it is important to dress the way you wish to be perceived. A structured pencil skirt that hits at or just above the knee is a smart investment. Try J. Crew.com for styles. For some, the pencil skirt is just not flattering and another option is necessary. Every girl needs a pair of smart black or grey trousers. Paired with a button down shirt, a sweater, or a jacket, pants can create a look that is put together and clean. The best part about them is the vast array of styles they come in. If you are petite, the slightly cropped, tighter fitting style that is so popular right now is perfect for you. If you are curvier, a bootleg might be your best fit. For those who are taller and lankier, the full leg style looks fantastic. Gap offers a line of premium pants to fit every body and every budget.
Fall weekends are all about football and fun (and studying if you must). For the Saturday morning tailgate and game watch, it is important to show your team spirit, but maintain your sense of style. For these warmer weekends, shorts and team t-shirts or jerseys are a perfect option, along with a comfortable pair of shoes. If your student section is anything like mine, you will not really have a choice but to remain standing for the entire game, which means, choosing appropriate footwear is a must. For these first few weekends, TOMS or Sperry topsiders are great options. They manage to look good while making your feet feel good. As the temperatures drop and our teams play on, some changes must be made to apparel choices. A good pair of jeans is perfect for every game. Tuck them into a pair of boots and your legs and feet will stay warm and toasty. Though it may remind you of your days as a third grade soccer player, wearing a tighter fitting long sleeve tee under your t-shirt or jersey is not a bad idea. It somehow manages to make any fan look put-together and smart on game day.
Those crazy college nights can be a little bit different to dress for. College parties differ among campuses. On some there is the typical dorm party, which consists of a large group packed in to a small quarters. For this type of party, a pair of jeans and a fun top could work just as well as a cool dress or skirt. Frat parties have a bit more of a dressed up vibe, so your best bet might be something more along the lines of a dressier dress or skirt. Believe it or not, going out in college is not too different from going out in high school, so stick with what makes you comfortable and remember to keep it classy. Standing out for wearing that too-short skirt is never a good thing.
Though it may seem daunting, the college lifestyle provides you with ample opportunities to make stylish decisions each and every day. I recommend purchasing a nice pair of jeans, a navy or black blazer, a couple of warm sweaters, some class appropriate skirts, a pair of classic trousers and just a few things that you might wear to a party. Cycle through these few key pieces and you will be making fashion statements in no time.