Dress for success, even in class

Dress for success, even in class

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By Victoria Thornton – Collegiate Staff

From skinny jeans to tasteful trousers, the ever-changing trends of a college student are in continuous forward motion. Much like the semesters, the wardrobe of a collegiate gradually develops from a comfortable, school-going feel, into a closet containing a more interactive style for a career driven adult.

Many students in their first years of college dress to be comfortable in their intermediate classes. These classes are required in order to advance to the courses for any desired major, which makes it understandable to want to be comfortable sitting through a class one doesn’t necessarily fancy.

However, while rolling out of bed and throwing on sweats seems all too inviting, advancing in college also means advancing your professional wardrobe. Between job interviews, class presentations, internships, and even wanting to look presentable for a possible professor recommendation, you’ll want to have a few pieces that give off that professional, driven vibe.

Most college students are on a budget, and even more have little knowledge of the importance of a cashmere cardigan, or a timeless wristwatch, ironic right? So where do you begin? Check out some ideas below.

Guys, this applies to you too. As you may not be interested in finding your best pair of heels to wear, it is important to amp up your wardrobe. Get a pair of loafers or a suit jacket. Some may think that the days of wearing a suit are gone and appearances are irrelevant, wrong. Casual Fridays are only relevant when you already have your coveted career.

Despite all of the hard work and studying put forth towards a degree, your professional mien is an ultimate factor for most employers. Use these building blocks to get you started on your professional wardrobe in college, and come graduation, you’ll have not only mastered that advertising degree, but also your qualified attire.

Start with a dressy blouse. According Suzy Menkes’ 2012 article in The New York Times, the rebirth of the blouse made its appearance on runways and continues to hold it’s contemporary composure even three years later. Blouses are classic and a great way to dress up any outfit from jeans to black pants. A neutral colored blouse would be helpful in recycling it throughout your outfits. This could be found for a lower cost at Forever 21 or H&M.
Start with a dressy blouse. According Suzy Menkes’ 2012 article in The New York Times, the rebirth of the blouse made its appearance on runways and continues to hold it’s contemporary composure even three years later. Blouses are classic and a great way to dress up any outfit from jeans to black pants. A neutral colored blouse would be helpful in recycling it throughout your outfits. This could be found for a lower cost at Forever 21 or H&M.
Pants are an easy transition if you’ve got a lasting blouse. Trousers are always important to have, but if you want to be current in today’s professional fashion, get yourself a pair of black or gray skinny pants. No, not skinny jeans. Never wear jeans, even black ones, in a professional environment. But a trendy pair of fitted slacks, along with some modest mary janes, can be found at a reasonable rate at a store such as Express.
Pants are an easy transition if you’ve got a lasting blouse. Trousers are always important to have, but if you want to be current in today’s professional fashion, get yourself a pair of black or gray skinny pants. No, not skinny jeans. Never wear jeans, even black ones, in a professional environment. But a trendy pair of fitted slacks, along with some modest mary janes, can be found at a reasonable rate at a store such as Express.
If you’re a lover of moccasins or the ever-so-popular UGG boots, toss those, along with your ripped backpack containing rudimentary notes from the past two years. An alternate option could be some trendy flats or a pair of wedge ankle boots to keep your new professional style polished. Try to stay away from tall black stilettos as those can portray more of a nightlife appearance.
If you’re a lover of moccasins or the ever-so-popular UGG boots, toss those, along with your ripped backpack containing rudimentary notes from the past two years. An alternate option could be some trendy flats or a pair of wedge ankle boots to keep your new professional style polished. Try to stay away from tall black stilettos as those can portray more of a nightlife appearance.
And back to that shabby backpack, nothing screams student like an old tattered bag hanging past your toosh. Grab a side book bag, or even an oversized handbag to fit your books in. This looks better, and while it may be inconvenient for the mobility of your arm, your back will thank you in the long run. Etsy.com features many affordable bags like this for online purchase.
And back to that shabby backpack, nothing screams student like an old tattered bag hanging past your toosh. Grab a side book bag, or even an oversized handbag to fit your books in. This looks better, and while it may be inconvenient for the mobility of your arm, your back will thank you in the long run. Etsy.com features many affordable bags like this for online purchase.

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