The Dos and Don’ts of College Clothing

The Dos and Don’ts of College Clothing
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    For college students it's easy to view class as an opportunity to take casual dressing to a whole new level.

    After all, you don't have anyone checking anymore to make sure you aren't violating the high school dress code.


But even though you have the ability to wear just about anything to your college classes, it’s better to show some restraint. So what should you wear on campus?

Don’t Go Too Informal

Sweatpants and a T-shirt are fine. A bathrobe and slippers are not. Not only do pajamas and loungewear look silly in a classroom setting, they can speak volumes to everyone that you aren’t taking your coursework too seriously. Even if you rolled out of bed 10 minutes ago, it’s best if you don’t look like it. Here are some key wardrobe choices to avoid:

  • Slippers as everyday footwear. Just, no.
  • Leggings as pants. While leggings look great under a long top or sweater, wearing them with anything else just looks wrong.

Don’t Show Too Much Skin

Colleges with religious affiliations may have rules about what students can wear, but it doesn’t take an official rulebook to indicate which garments are worthy of life in public. Your short-shorts are fine when you are on the beach, but they shouldn’t have a place in the halls of academia. These are some others to avoid:

  • Exposed bra straps can look sloppy. Keep them hidden or switch the style of shirt you are wearing.
  • Crop tops may look great at a party, but not so good at class.

Do Dress With Class

Comfy clothes that carry your school colors and logo are perfect for just about any class setting, so feel free to don them often. However, if you want to elevate your look, here are some easy ways to do it:

  • Add a blazer. This can give a college shirt and dark jeans a more professional look.
  • Skinny jeans can be just as comfortable as leggings and pair well with a loose sweater or T-shirt.
  • Flats, such as ballet slippers, are a solid choice for a classy look.

Explore Your Options

Jeans and a sweatshirt are standard collegiate wardrobe choices, but there might be cases in which you want to up your game just a bit, such as that Law 101 course you have at 8 a.m. every day. Here are some other comfortable and professional clothing choices to consider:

  • Maxi dresses are flowy and light and can be dressed up or down.
  • Linen pants may seem difficult to maintain in the college setting, but a well-pressed pair with a silky tank top makes for a stylish ensemble.
  • Skirts, particularly with the shirt tucked in and a belt, are versatile and comfortable. Just don’t go too short or you will be in danger of having a wardrobe malfunction.

By following these ideas, you can easily elevate your college style without sacrificing comfort.

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