I’ve been getting a lot of questions about specific outfits to wear while at school. I know a lot of college campuses are very different in terms of what’s “normal” attire for class. At some schools it’s completely socially acceptable to show up in baggy shirts and athletic shorts. Every school differs. Georgetown (from what I gather) was in the minority in terms of what people wore to class. I’m not kidding, pretty much everyone gets dressed (like really dressed, not just pajamas or workout gear) for class. Unless you were on a sport’s team, sweatpants in class was pretty much unheard of.
While I do believe you should dress the way you want to, I always perform better when I feel great. Simply putting together a cute outfit can turn around an otherwise “blah” day. In my opinion, there’s a fixed time associated with getting dressed in the morning. It’s worth the extra three minutes to wear a cute skirt instead of running shorts and a blouse instead of a shirt better suited for sleeping in.
(I mean, honestly, I can’t think of many things more embarrassing than being in pajamas in public.)
The Library Look
Whenever I went to the library, I knew I was in for the long haul. I’d pretty much expect to spend at least four hours, but more like six-eight camped out in some quiet nook. The library, in my opinion, means business. I did make sure that I was comfortable in the library since I knew I would be spending so much time in there. But comfort doesn’t necessarily mean you have to look sloppy.
Libraries are also notorious for being freezing. (Who’s seen the episode of Law & Order called “Hothouse”? Just in case you were wondering… it’s my favorite ever.) Wearing layers and long pants are pretty much essential for comfortable studying. I always liked to wear my favorite pair of skinny jeans. They were basically like leggings (aka comfortable) and looked great with whatever top I was in the mood for wearing. Plus, jeans don’t show coffee stains… I would know.
The Class Look
Again, just because an outfit looks super cute and put together doesn’t mean it took forever to get dressed in the morning. Wearing button ups is an instant way to look like you spent thirty extra minutes getting ready. They’re easy to wear and just look good. I wore button ups to class all the time. Roll the sleeves up once for a cut, chic look. Roll the sleeves two or three times for a comfortable “oh what? this old thing?” look. Pairing with a bright skirt will make you feel like you’re on your A-game (literally) all day long. Accidentally overslept? French braid your hair, wear your geek chic glasses, slip into jeans, and roll the sleeves up on a loose fitting button up. Bing, bang, boom.
The Presentation Look
Is there anything more nerve-wracking than presenting a project in front of a class. Even though I am a pretty good public speaker, I still get horrible nerves. Especially when I’m speaking in front of my peers! Leading up to the presentation, I would always be super preoccupied doing last minute run throughs, sprucing up the final power point, and numbering my flash cards… The last thing I needed to worry about was how I looked! Avoid being “that girl” who shows up to class in a bandage dress and a blazer!!! (Just putting a blazer over a dress does not make it more appropriate.) Classic pencil skirts and a button down is all it takes to look professional. Wear minimal jewelry and low heels for a clean look. Don’t let your clothes distract from your presentation or take away from all your hard work.