From kindergarten through twelfth grade I rocked several Catholic uniform frocks. Okay, maybe “rocked” is the wrong word in this context. After all, it’s relatively difficult to feel your best in an array of ill-fitting jumpers, skorts and woolen skirts. The best thing about uniforms was that I didn’t have to decide what to wear and, paradoxically, this was also the single worst thing about being confined to the same plaid-laden garb five days a week for nine months out of the year. When crossing the freedom threshold that is college, of the several new experiences I, like many others grew accustomed to, from having to grocery shop for myself to the lack of parental control over my curfew, is the absolute creative liberty I realized that I was finally able to take with my wardrobe each and every day.
I spotted this Fashionista taking her own creative liberty and showcasing her personal style in a way that is sure to impress for early class. She begins with a red, plaid button-down with fantastic patches on the elbows. She teams this item with a simple black tank underneath—the perfect staple piece for layering and also crucial in case she wishes to remove the flannel. She adds skinny black pants, gray sneaker wedges and a fashionable oversized tote bag. This Fashionista also accessorizes with black wayfarers, a silver pendant necklace, watch and wrap bracelet.
If you would like to emulate this Fashionista’s ensemble the key is to choose a button-down or an oversized graphic sweater for layering. Couple this item with either leggings or dark wash skinny jeans and a cute pair of sneakers to create the optimal, comfortable outfit for your trek to class. Finish your look with an oversized tote to house your books and laptop and complete your outfit with accessories of your liking.
While it’s easy to become complacent with our daily wear and simply roll out of bed and head out the door for our early classes, it’s important to maintain a certain caliber of looking presentable. If you dress to impress, not only will feel more professional but you’ll naturally feel more alert in class and attuned to your surroundings. Although we all love our sweats to lounge around in, by some strange transitive property we are all naturally less productive in our lazy day garb. With all of the freedom that comes with college, I urge you Fashionistas to craft your outfits in an equally liberating (yet professional) way.
One Simple Change: Although this look is great for an early class, swap the sneakers for a pair of flats to make this ensemble ready to wear to a presentation.