June 16th, 2016 at 2:00am

First impressions: they matter, and we know they do. But what about what comes after? By the third week of school, most of us have given up. We toss our freshly purchased skirts, shirts, shoes and accessories to the wayside in exchange for our favorite pair of leggings. You know the ones—the ones that you wore day in and day out during your Netflix binge over the weekend. Admit it. We’ve all been there. On occasion, it is totally understandable to dress down. We all have off days.

Most of the time it’s easier to just go with what you know—what is comfortable and what is easy, and this applies to both fashion and life itself. I’d argue that how we dress on the outside is most of the time a reflection of who we are and how we feel on the inside. That being said, I propose a challenge. What if instead of giving up on how we dress shortly after the beginning of the semester, we continued to engage in thoughtful and intentional style decisions until the end? Could your favorite professor be more willing to ask you to intern or assist with research instead of the other student who does just as great work as you, but wears slippers to class on a daily basis?

This Fashionisto’s outfit does a fantastic job of showcasing his personality and dedication to dressing well for class. The delicate balance of color, saturation and materials in his attire demonstrate an excellent understanding of design. He put together soft linenfitted denim and edgy leather Chelsea boots to create a dynamic look which points to a multitude of creative interests. Simple, neutral tones are universal and approachable. Every aspect is comfortable enough for busy campus life and ridiculously stylish at the same time.
Let’s not take the easy way out when it comes to dressing for class. Let’s embrace our inner Fashionista/o regularly. Think about the kind of person you are or want to be. Choosing an outfit is the easiest way to express our chosen identity. Too often we adorn ourselves as if we are pursuing a career in Napping In The Library. Instead of sending a not-so-ideal message about ourselves to the world, let’s dress like who we want to be— now.

One simple change: Throw a blazer over this look to create an ideal internship outfit for almost any field. In his case, it is at an interactive design and marketing firm.