As a college student, it is completely okay to have those lazy days where we roll out of bed and spend an entire day in our sweats to lounge around to study and do homework. Although, it is important to remember how to dress professionally when going to those job interviews, career fairs, and when starting out at a new job. Keep in mind that your outfit says a lot about you and is the first impression you leave of yourself. Make sure your outfit is clean, not wrinkled, and tailored to fit.
Every lady should have a black button-up suit jacket (not a blazer) with matching pants and a matching skirt. Navy and gray suits are good as well.
Get a nice button-up collared shirt with a pop of color to add some style. It would be best to have a white one as well. It is okay to pair your suit with a blouse that doesn’t have a collar, however make sure there is no cleavage exposed and that if you place your hand on your chest, your thumb should be touching your collar bone and your shirt should not be below your pinky.
Make sure your shoes are comfortable to be worn all day. Heels shouldn’t exceed a couple of inches and you should avoid open-toed shoes. Black is the most professional color, but grays and nudes are okay as well.
4. Make Up
Keep it simple, keep it clean. Easy on the eyeliner and wear little or no eye-shadow. Stick to daytime makeup and keep it natural.
A simple pendant or pearls is desired. Avoid anything too flashy, but do allow a little creativity to show some self-expression. Also avoid wearing bracelets that will jingle and keep earrings to only studs.
Your first impression can have a major impact on how other’s perceive your character. Dress for success to come across as a business professional. Watch this video below for further tips and be sure to check back for my next blog, “How To Dress For Success: Men’s Edition.”
With the seasons and weather changing, so are the latest fashion trends! If you’re on a budget or simply just want to change up your style, here are a few ideas on how to spruce up your spring wardrobe.
One of this spring’s hottest trends are statement or collar necklaces. Adding something as simple as a statement necklace will transform your entire outfit. For a student on a budget, you can check out this DIY statement necklace YouTube video here:
2. Black & White Stripes
The latest trend this Spring is black and white stripes! If you’re looking to follow the trend but not hurt you wallet, here’s a couple of ways you can do it. You can easily transform a simple black or white clutch by painting black or white stripes onto them. To learn how to do this, check out this awesome video below. You can also use this simple spray painting tutorial on various other items such as heels, ballet flats or headbands!
3. Hi-Low Skirts / Dresses
Revamp your old wardrobe by changing up an old trend! Maxi skirts and dresses were so last season! Instead of buying Hi-Low skirts and dresses for this Spring, just cut up your old maxi dress and skirts. To learn how to recycle and reinvent your old maxi skirts and dress, check out this easy DIY tutorial:
By creating your own pieces and making simple changes to a few wardrobe pieces, you can definitely stay up to date on the latest trends without hurting your wallet!
Marilyn Monroe had it right when she said, “your clothes should be tight enough to show you’re a woman, but loose enough to show you’re a lady.”
Paging through the magazines I read every month (People, InStyle, Cosmo, Vogue, and Self), it’s impossible not to pay attention to the fashion trends taking over each season. Most of the photos in these magazines are the same – low rise jeans, cleavage-baring tank tops, and knee-high boots. I can’t help but wish certain “old-fashioned” styles would make a comeback like…
1. Longer Skirts or at least skirts past the thigh. Too often I see girls going out in skirts that are so short, they could pass for a regular shirt. Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but I think modesty will always be in style.
2. Trench Coats. Something matching the length of your dress looks super classy and put together. Also, whatever happened to wearing coats in the winter that are actually warm and don’t just look like they’re warm? You can be comfortable and fashionable, you know.
3. Shoulder-less Shirts. None of this one-shoulder or strapless stuff. I’m talking about wide-necked shirts that show a lot of collarbone. College women today have forgotten how to show skin and still be classy.
5. Classic Swimsuits. I miss the days when women weren’t so scantily clad wearing only patches of fabric at the beach. Taylor Swift had it going on with the Kennedy’s, now where are the rest of the apron and corset styles?
The leaves are falling, the weather is cooler, and people are wearing leggings as pants once more. We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto, we’ve officially arrived in Fall. Fall is my favorite time of year – from pumpkin spice lattes (heaven in a cup), to perfect weather, and to rock my new school clothes. But if you’re like me, even though the temperature’s dropping, you’re probably not ready to put away the crop tops you wore all summer. Not to fear! Here’s how to mix your summer wardrobe into your fall wardrobe so you don’t have to grieve the passing of your daisy dukes just yet.
1. Mix, Don’t Match
While the weather cools down, only one half of your body should be uncovered at a time. Not only will you freeze if you wear a tank top and shorts when it’s 50 degrees outside, but there’s something about the fall that makes showing off obscene amounts of skin just not quite as classy as it did in the summer. Therefore, tank tops and t-shirts should be worn with pants. Bonus points if they’re colored pants, which instantly will put your outfit in cute territory. Wearing long sleeves on top totally justifies wearing itty bitty summer bottoms. Oversize sweaters look great with a skirt and flats. Flannels and shorts make for a unbeatable casual (and comfy) look. Avoid wearing knee-high boots (especially leather ones) with shorts. This will rarely look good since they make your legs look shorter than they really are.
Make cardigans your best friend. Cardigans are great for transitioning through those awkward days where it’s just chilly enough to add on the layers, but too hot for full-on sweaters. Also, if you have a crop top that just needs to be worn, wearing high-waisted bottoms and a cardigan keeps it classy.
Wearing sneakers instead of sandals keeps your toes warm and is a great excuse to show off your new Tom’s. Scarves are another Fall accessory which will add hotness (in both the sexy and temperature kind of way) to your outfit.
But the most important thing to remember is this: as long as you’re confident in what you’re wearing, you’ll look fantastic. So go put on a scarf, enjoy a pumpkin latte, and enjoy the fall weather you’re ready to dress for.
It is an epidemic that is sweeping through college campuses all over the country. Boys, girls, men, women, everyone seems to be affected by this strange, new, yet somehow unsurprising ordeal. What is it that is afflicting the students of higher education you ask? Pajama pants, yes that’s right, pajama pants. This seemingly harmless sleepwear option has crept its way out of our beds and into our classrooms. And up to a point, I understand that fascination the student population seems to have with this choice in apparel. Pajama pants are comfortable, warm, and easy. Most students who wear them to class look as if they just rolled out of bed, because that is exactly what they did!
Now you are probably wondering, “What’s the big deal? So some students like to wear what they sleep in to class? Big whoop.” Well, here is a newsflash that some of you pajama pants enthusiasts may not have considered; as college students, we are preparing to make our way into the professional field where we will expect to be taken seriously and treated like adults. That mentality and attitude starts right here, right now, in college. But how do you expect students, faculty, or even teachers to take you seriously when you can’t even take the time to dress yourself in an appropriate manner in the morning? This is the dilemma faced by the pajama clad at every college campus. Sacrifice their sleep to look presentable, or enjoy the soft and sweet comfort of their bed as long as possible.
It is not just about taking you or the way you present yourself to the world seriously, but if you do not take enough pride in the way you look, how are you going to take any pride in your studies? In your relationships? Or even at your current job? The occasional pajama pants day is understandable, acceptable, and expected.
Beware – do not fall victim to the pajama pants epidemic!