Let’s face it: Starting college is overwhelming. The transition from being surrounded by familiar faces in the same building each day to suddenly being immersed in a sea of thousands of students on a bustling campus that stretches across an entire city can be a bit of a culture shock. One of the most surefire ways to make new friends, stand out from the student body and pursue personal interests is to attend the university’s involvement fair.
It is usually overcrowded with eager students practically wrestling their way between tables to find information on clubs (while simultaneously gathering all the free pens their hearts desire). It is best to rock an ensemble that is comfortable yet polished, allowing you to both easily navigate the event and get noticed by organizations looking to recruit new members for their clubs and teams. This Fashionista had the right idea when she decided to ditch her basic wardrobe staples back at the dorm for a more bohemian, ethereal look.
Her flowing blue and indigo dress is the ideal lightweight fabric and length, allowing for easy movement and a color palette flattering to many skin tones. Cinched at the waist with a studded leather belt, the silhouette is made flattering to any body type, immediately creating the illusion of curves. And in the last days of summer with temperatures on campus still soaring, leaning toward a fabric that allows for easier breathing is a great way to avoid breaking a sweat while trying to keep your composure.
If you aren’t the type to feel comfortable in a completely feminine ensemble, following in this Fashionista’s footsteps and slipping into studded black leather sandals is the perfect contrasting piece to an otherwise girly look—and they also happen to be highly functional for spending a lot of time on your feet. Accessorizing with dainty, simple accessories like her silver locket necklace can help to keep the look just sweet enough for making a lasting first impression, especially if you’re looking to get noticed by the fashion magazine on campus.
One Simple Change: By exchanging the sandals for chunky black motorcycle boots and sheer tights, any Fashionista can easily transition summer dresses into the cooler weather later on in the semester. Don’t feel forced to retire your warm weather attire once the season begins to change because adding layers is key to staying comfortable and stylish no matter what your campus’ climate may be.