A reality check is surely in order for myself, as well as students across the country as classes resume in the coming weeks. I credit my full recovery from the mental havoc of last semester to some much needed downtime spent in outfits that could pass for Britney Spears (circa her head shaving, window shattering mental breakdown). But here we are, starting all over once again. I, like many, must remind myself what is suitable come class time.
It’s a struggle shared by all college students: finding the time and the personal will to crawl out of bed a few minutes early to pull together a decent outfit. It’s a will that is lost on many, but first impressions on professors and fellow students is worth adjusting that alarm. When it comes to professors who are used to their students showing up in nearly pajamas, a little effort goes a long way.
This class time look is an effortless classic. I’m not asking you ladies to break the inseparable bond you share with leggings—I’m not ready either. It can be as easy as throwing on a comfy sweater to dress it up. This Fashionista rocks a cable knit J.Crew. Weather permitting, a scarf is a simple way to add something more to an everyday outfit. This Fashionista found her infinity scarf at J.Crew as well. Finish it off with boots or flats, and you’re set.
If your goal is to dress to impress, you should be picking shoes that would be uncomfortable to run a mile in. Tennis shoes are meant for the gym. Try to keep them out of the classroom, at least during the first week of the semester. She dons trendy Timberland boots, but for those less adventurous, riding boots can always pull together the look as well.
My fellow sleep deprived college students, trust me when I say that the 10 minutes of sleep you’re sacrificing to look presentable is worth it. Skip the big sweatshirt, invest in a good dry shampoo and find your personal caffeine wake me up. You’re a big kid now after all, dress like it.
One Simple Change: If you’re looking to dress this look up for dinner plans or meeting with your professor, throw on a statement necklace and flats for a simple fix. A classic, solid sweater should be a college student’s staple garment for its effortless ability to be dressed for a range of occasions.