Disclaimer: I have not started college yet, so I’m not 100% sure about any of this – this is just what I’ve currently got in mind and am planning to experiment with at the beginning of the semester.
Starting college is exciting in many respects, but for someone who’s spent the majority of her school life wearing a uniform and thus spared from hectic, delayed mornings due to wardrobe malfunctions, I’ve got some thinking to do about how to dress. I want to make sure I look presentable but comfortable, and that I’m dressing for practicality (read: heavy winter jackets during snowstorms!). Here are a few of the style necessities I’ve brainstormed that revolve around those principles:
1. Comfortable footwear: Supergas and Combat Boots
Both offer some support for long walks across campus and ensure no-fuss comfort so you can stay focused on what really matters (i.e. not your blisters). Supergas are perfect for warmer months but still look great with jeans, and combat boots can be worn either casually and unlaced with a skater skirt, or laced up with skinny jeans tucked into them. Versatility and comfort is key!
2. Delicate accessories
I’ve become much more inclined towards tiny little necklaces in simple metallic hues lately, but even if I was a lover of statement jewelry, I wouldn’t say the lecture hall is the place to whip out your heaviest embellished metallic collar. Save it for the weekend and stay chic with timeless pieces for a more comfortable ensemble that doesn’t have you fiddling all day. Tip: Don’t wear clinky clanky bangles or bracelets on your writing hand to save yourself some glares across the lecture hall – no one wants to be that annoying person banging their arm candy on the desk! If you’re typing on a computer, save any loose/noisy wrist jewelry for another day and opt for a multi-layered necklace instead.
Don’t let unpredictable weather and transitioning seasons (I’m talking about you, New England!) beat you to it. Having a scarf handy to keep you warm without a jacket, or simply to cover up exposed shoulders in an air conditioned room, is a must. Furthermore, if you’re sporting a low-cut V-neck top or cleavage, loop your scarf around your neck – at least while you’re in the classroom. Don’t need your scarf? Tie it around your bag for a chic accent!
4. 2-in-1 Sweater-shirts
I don’t even think that’s what they’re called, but I’m referring to the top on the left outfit with a built-in collar and hem sewn under the sweater. I am such a fan of these; not only do they look great with necklaces, but they are such an easy way to look smart without actually having to do any layering! Just make sure you give the polyester hems a bit of an iron or a steam before you wear them, as they can get really crinkly when folded. These are an easy way to look like you put some effort into what you wore, and can even dress up a pair of boyfriend jeans (although my favorite thing to do is wear these with skinny jeans and boots).
5. Whatever bag you want – as long as it FITS stuff in it!
Oversized totes are not only chic, they’re perfect for stashing all your necessities for a full day in and out of the classroom. Who wants to be running back and forth to their dorm all day? Get a shoulder bag with a zip for extra security, or a backpack for hands-free convenience.