Anyone else extremely bothered by what college kids wear these days? No? Just me? I’ll continue anyways.
The most common reasons I hear for not “dressing up for class” are: I want to be comfortable and it’s too much effort. Both are terribly excuses. Who ever said that wearing jeans and a sweater was “dressing up.” It’s called being a grown-up and wearing appropriate clothing. It bothers me that there is a misconception about dressing well for class/the day. Students seem to think putting on a pair of pants is harder than putting on sweatpants or leggings. It’s the same process just a different clothing item… If jeans aren’t comfortable, that’s fine; there are literally 5 other options: tights/leggings (UNDER a dress, shorts, or a skirt please, unless they are leather leggings), corduroys, cotton/twill, leather, or wool cropped pants. If even those are provide too much discomfort try a dress or skirt. Dresses and skirts should not be saved just for special occasions. It’s very easy to dress down either.
The outfits above are put together using the same combination to create 3 different looks: jacket + sweater + pants + comfortable shoes = chic. How hard is that? You don’t have to be a fashionista to pull this off. Winter is the perfect time to experiment with styles, colors, and shapes because there are so many pieces to choose from. It’s also easiest to look put together in winter and fall because of all the accessories. Coats, jackets, tights, hats, scarves, chunky socks, gloves, and shoes come in numerous styles and easily up the cool factor of any outfit, when worn correctly.
So here is my plea: Ladies, stop wearing leggings with tennis shoes and chunky socks and large T-shirts topped with scarves and oversized sweaters or flannel shirts. You are not fooling anyone. That I-just-threw-this-on-this-morning-and-look-instantly-cool, sporty, outdoorsy, and nonchalant look you’re going for doesn’t come across. You just look like literally every other girl on campus trying to pull that off, and, really, who wants that? In the time you spent putting on makeup you could have pulled together a pretty rad outfit. If you truly “just rolled out of bed” and put that on then you wouldn’t have had time to do your hair and makeup meaning you obviously put together that sloppy, confusing outfit deliberately which is terrifying.
My rant is over now, although I could go on forever I’m sure. All I’m trying to say is that it really isn’t hard to look presentable for class. Take pride in what you wear and wear it confidently. Believe it or not, your outfit affects your mood. I urge anyone to try one of the combinations above or create your own! You saw how simple my equation was. It honestly does not take much to make a good outfit.
The Sophisticate: Vanessa Bruno Athé Wool Twill Manteau Coat, Rebecca Taylor Leo Block Sweater, Isabel Marant Etoile Iti Skinny Corduroy Trousers, Mango Metal Toe Cap Ballerina (similar)
The Risk Taker: (YES YOU CAN WEAR WHITE IN WINTER!) Black Soft Slim Fit Jacket, Levi Intarsia Pullover, Mango Faded Super Slim Jeans, Steve Madden Troopa Boot