This morning, I carefully picked out a little striped sweater dress from my closet. I lovingly chose my favorite suede booties, and then I accessorized with a couple bangles and a pendant necklace. I curled my hair and perfectly winged my eye liner. By 8:00 a.m. I was feeling ready to take on the day.

Fast-forward to 3:00 p.m.—my hair is a frizzy mess, my makeup is smudged and I’m sweating in my rush to my afternoon class. If you’re anything like me, you love to keep a busy schedule. You also like to show off your style by not hiding in sweats and a T-shirt around campus. The hardest part is picking an outfit that is wearable through a long day, and then keeping it together after the craziness of classes, work, internships and club meetings.

There are a couple simple tricks to looking effortlessly stylish, and I’m about to share them with you. First, wear a skirt or a dress. They are comfortable and flattering, and also make you appear dressed up in comparison to that pair of leggings you were tempted to throw on for the third day in a row. This Fashionista picked a purple and black mini skirt in a simple pattern from Urban Outfitters.

Second, it’s okay to go with a T-shirt, as long as it isn’t the club soccer jersey from fifth grade. In fact, a colored T-shirt can look very chic if you pair it with the right pieces. Try a blazer on top, or jeans and wedge shoes for a casual but sophisticated look. This Fashionista knotted hers to show off her skirt and avoid looking frumpy.

Third, dry shampoo and an up-do are your weapons of choice if you opted for an extra hour of sleep instead of a shower. Having bed-head when you get to class might send the message that you don’t have you life together, but there is something about a half-back messy bun like this one that so flawlessly says “I’m a busy girl on the go.”

To top off her look, this Fashionista wore a pair of burgundy booties to easily dash from place to place, an oversized Guess bag to stash the essentials and a pair of cat-eye shades (because you have to look cool even on those cloudy days!).

One Simple Change: Swap out the tied up T-shirt for a button-down blouse when going to an interview or internship. And when the weather gets colder, you can still wear your favorite skirt by pairing it with tights and a sweater!