WHAT TO WEAR: Presentation

What to Wear

Nothing panics me more than public speaking. As soon as I’m called upon to stand at the front of a lecture hall, I’m paralyzed with fear. Do I bring up cue cards? Do I stand behind or beside the podium? Whose eye should I meet? And ­of course, my biggest concern, what do I wear? It can be especially difficult to decide the appropriate dress code for an informal class presentation. Many college professors grade their students not simply on exam results, but also on class participation. This often means giving a PowerPoint slideshow or leading a seminar discussion, roles that require us to stand in that dreaded spot at the front of the classroom. When giving these kinds of presentations, business wear is often too formal for an audience of your fellow students. However, you’re still being graded. You don’t want to look like you’ve just rolled out of bed.

This Fashionista wears the perfect look for such an occasion. Her outfit strikes just the right balance between casual and formal. Key to the look is her midi-skirt, which is actually an Aritzia dress. Too often, I’ve seen classmates wear short bandage skirts and spend their entire presentations pulling on the short hemline. A knee or calf-length cut is comfortable and classroom appropriate, but it’s also completely on-trend. Look for midi-skirts with interesting details, like this Fashionista’s baseball hemline or a fun pattern.

Everyone, from Gisele Bündchen in Kenzo, to baby North West in custom Givenchy has been rocking the printed sweatshirt this season. This Fashionista’s own take on the look is complemented by her gold jewelry. Her accessories pull the outfit together, making it just the right amount of dressy. You can add interest to a printed sweatshirt with a statement necklace, a stack of bangles, Art Deco-inspired earrings or, like this Fashionista, all three.

Ultimately, what drew me to this Fashionista was her confidence. When you’re standing at the front of the class, there’s no need to be nervous, especially once you’ve pulled together a perfect presentation look.

One Simple Change: For a more formal interview, substitute the printed sweatshirt for a structured tuxedo blazer.

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