As much as college is a place of relaxed schedules and casual living, it is also the place you will accumulate the majority of your career connections. Even though you may not feel professional yet, dressing the part is only half of the equation. Don’t take this advice the wrong way and start wearing a suit everyday to class, but instead mix cool professional pieces with your favorite casual pieces.
The blazer has always been a staple in the working world, but has recently found it’s way into the closets of the most relaxed Fashionistos. The key to making a blazer so transitional is finding one that has nontraditional features to it, like the coloring and black trimmings on this one. You can find one similar to this one here. When you plan on wearing your blazer for daytime, layer it over a cool T-shirt. A good option is a Henley T-shirt, like this Fashionisto, which can be found here. For a more daytime rock ‘n’ roll look, wear a graphic T-shirt underneath, like this one.
If you want to depart from the more casual look of the backpack, a leather messenger bag is the perfect replacement to carry around all of your papers. One with a distressed finish adds ease to your overall look and keeps it from looking too white collar. A pair of jeans and black boots also help to ground the look, which is the main idea when crossing between the business and casual world.
Hint: A blazer looks its best when it is perfectly fitted, so spend the extra money to get yours tailored.