The Darling Nomadess: College Life: Why You Should Dress Up For Class

Thursday, July 25, 2013

College Life: Why You Should Dress Up For Class

School is quickly approaching and it's hard for me to believe that I'll be entering my senior year already! It seems just like yesterday I was moving into the dorms as a freshman! My friends know me to dress up for class and it seems I'm not the only one! Miss ALK from Southern Belle in Training enjoys dressing up for class as well. Today, she is sharing a few reasons as to why YOU should dress up for class, too, my classy collegiate Darlings!
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Hello! I'm Miss ALK, and I blog over at Southern Belle in Training. I have gotten to know Ashliegh through the Her Campus blogging network, and I adore reading her blog! So honored to be guest posting here today. :-)

I'm going to be a sophomore in college this fall, and I'm transferring to a different school. There are many good lessons that I learned during my first year of college at my former university, and not all of them were learned in the classroom! Through the experiences I've had, I learned a lot about life, and how to become the classy woman that I want to be. I think one of the key elements of being classy is to always dress to impress. Now this is different than dressing in a manner that cheapens your body or is "flashy" and distracting. When I say dressing to impress, I mean treating every school day at college like an important job, and making business casual attire the norm!

During my first semester of freshman year, I'd find that sometimes I'd want to sleep in until the last possible minute before having to get up for class, or I would wake up early but just not have the motiation to get dressed, so I'd have yoga pants and t-shirt days (I never quite got to sweatpants level, thank GOODNESS). I thought that was kind of the "college" thing to do, but I realized a few negative things about the days when I barely made any effort to look cute. I also realized a lot of positive things about the days that I would dress up! By second semester I had maybe one or two yoga pants days for the whole spring season, and those were during finals week when most of my nice clothes were already packed. ;-)


     Here is my list of the top reasons why you should dress up for your classes 
and activities in college!

Wearing very casual attire can put you in a sleepy state of mind: During my first semester there were some days where I just didn't feel like putting on a cute outfit and just threw on my yoga pants and a random t-shirt for class. But what I always found is that every day that I did this lead to me feeling tired and being in a kind of "bleh" mood for the whole day! My self confidence was certainly never very high when I did this, and I always felt less productive during the day as well. I found that on days when I would get up a little earlier to fix my hair and find a cute outfit, I would be more "woken up" by the whole getting ready process, and usually be wide awake and ready to focus by the time class came around. I'm not saying that you should wake up at the crack of dawn to do your make-up, but sometimes a few extra minutes in the morning can make the difference.

Dressing up shows respect to the college and the teachers: All colleges should be treated as prestigious schools for higher education! Whether you're at the community college, a big state school, or an Ivy League university, it is a privilege for any student to get to attend college, and a girl's manner of dress should reflect this! College isn't like public high school where you have to be there. College is a choice, and an expensive one at that. By dressing in a classy manner you can show respect for your school and higher education!

Presentations are frequent: In college you will find that many of your classes require presentations. It is an expectation that students will wear business casual attire on these days. Why not just get into the habit of making everyday seem like a presentation? :-) 

Guys will regard you differently: I found that a decent number of guys during my freshman year would compliment me on my outfits and looks. The compliments weren't anything of a sexual nature or creepy (no "Hey hot stuff!"), but more sweet comments such as "You look so nice today!" Hearing things like this was always a confidence boost for me! I think most guys really do like it when girls dress in a feminine and girly way. Again, this is very different from wearing outfits that are flashy and immodest. Classes at school are a great place to meet guys (both romantic interests and just friends), and dressing your best shows that you take both school and presenting yourself well seriously!

Dressing up is FUN: I think this is the most important reason of all- girls, we are GIRLS and part of the fun of being a girl is getting dolled up! Why only save this for special occasions?! 
    
Now when I say how much I love to dress up for every day of classes and activities at school, don't think this means that I wear an evening gown and heels everyday! That couldn't be further from the truth (although I love those, too ;-)). By dressing your best and being classy, you also have to be sensitive to your school's environment. For example, my former university had a huge, spread out campus, and I had to walk long distances to get to class. This made wearing heels of any kind to class impossible, unless I wanted foot damage. So during the warmer months, I'd usually wear a cute pair of blingy sandals, and in cooler months I sported some cute leather riding boots!

If you're a college aged gal, do you like to dress up everyday? Or are you more a fan of casual attire? Either way I'd love to hear about your school style!

Please feel free to stop by my blog, Southern Belle in Training! In addition to fashion, I write about my Christian faith, the differences between Southern and Northern life (I'm a New England girl by birth but I love going to school down in North Carolina!) and my love of 90's pop culture!

XOXO,
 Miss ALK

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What's your school style, Darlings?

With love,
Ashliegh

22 comments:

  1. I agree!! I would dress up for class when I had meetings for organizations (almost every day), but I always felt better & happier while dressed up!

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    1. Totally agree with you! Many of my fellow classmates often ask me why i'm dressed up everyday, somedays I just want to respond, "why aren't you?!" I love dressing up, I know it definitely helps my mood! When you look good, you feel good!

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    2. Great read! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Great post, Annaliese!
    I always dressed up for class with one or two exceptions. I would throw on jeans and a cardigan or pull-over and some cute riding boots, and head to class. This was because, mostly all of my classes were in a chunk, so when I went to one class, I left my room mostly until I was done with classes for the day. My school is all about comfort while looking cute, and riding boots and jeans became a staple for me during the fall and winter months, and when spring came, we all broke out cute dresses and cardigans, or shorts and shirts, and sperrys and sandals. Love that I'm not the only one who dresses up for classes!

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    1. I'm with you, Caroline! I often wear a nice pear of jeans with my riding boots in the fall with a nice sweater or cute top (though I often wear heels and pencil skirts, too). I don't know where I'd be without my Sperry's in the spring!!

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  3. I love dressing up! In high school, I NEVER wore sweat pants or yoga pants once. It makes me feel so much more confident when I look nice!
    I'm going to be a freshman in college this year and I know I'm going to try to look decent on a daily basis! Love this post!

    Shelby xoxo

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    1. Same! I don't even own a pair of sweatpants and my yoga pants are strictly for sleeping or working out! Good luck your freshman year, Shelby! Excited for your new blog! :]

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  4. I love this! My freshman year I tried dressing up at first, but it can be discouraging when the people around you aren't doing it, too. (The hot August weather and the steep hills of Knoxville, Tennessee didn't help either). But dressing up really does help with confidence and productivity, so I think this year I'll try again, at least when the weather is cooler. :)

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  5. I love dressing up for my college classes! I already look quite young for my age, so I feel like my professors and peers take me more seriously when I look nice. Plus, it's just so much fun to dress up!!

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  6. Totally agree! I almost always dress up for class. When I wear a t-shirt and yoga pants I just feel sloppy and my confidence is so much lower!

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  7. I agree that presentation is important. I prefer business casuals or unique-but-not-outlanish attires. Only at classy banquets or ceremonies do I put on heavy makeup, an evening gown, and heels.

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  8. My classes aren't the "typical" college type. There are rarely more than 8 people in my class (counting myself) and half of the class is usually made up of women 30+ years old. I have yet to see anyone come in wearing their pajamas, and since class starts at 5:30pm most of the class just got out of work, so they're wearing their work attire - security uniforms, casual business attire, or jeans and a sweatshirt. If I were to go to a class at this college dressed up beyond jeans and a nice shirt I would get questions like "interview today?" or "funeral tonight?" I wish I had an excuse to dress up though! My job requires comfortable clothes I don't mind sweating in, though. Heels and skirts or dresses just would not work out too well.

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  9. I believe that you have made some valid points, such as showing respect towards the school and the instructors, however for me when I go to school and I am dressed up I become more distracted and self conscious with what I wear rather than listening in class. I am a laid back athletic girl. In my opinion I am more awake while I wear something comfortable. Also I would rather attract men in my normal attire, then when I am dressed up. Everyone is different and It should be stated as well

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  10. Sooo happy to see that other girls feel the same way that I do! Besides being a confidence boost, you never know who you will meet that day-including a future boss (random job fairs occur around my campus), dean, or sorority sister! Now, I don't wear business casual unless I have a meeting to attend, but simply wearing something in style and cute (which can also be comfortable) is a great way to boost one's mood and keep one's head held high throughout the day!

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  11. I wear a t-shirt, jeans/shorts, and little to no makeup to class every day (unless I have a presentation, which isn't often, or I have a professional meeting, job fair, etc.) because I have confidence without wearing a dress (although I do wear dresses sometimes, but that's definitely because of the heat). I go to UCLA, and we have more important things to do than spend hours getting ready!

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    1. I totally agree; I spend more time studying, reading, writing, and preparing for exams than making sure I look my best. I mean, that's the point of college in the first place: to get an education -- not necessarily to look your absolute BEST. A pair of nice jeans and a collared shirt is pretty dressed up to me. As it gets colder at my school -- I go to George Mason University -- a lot of girls and guys start wearing jeans, sweaters, sweatshirts, jackets, and boots. I mean you have to admit, it gets difficult to 'dress up' in colder weather because most people don't really want to walk to class in the freezing cold. And let's be real: It's college. Yeah, college students have jobs and they're constantly applying for jobs, and those are the times for looking top-notch and sophisticated. But when it comes to going to class and hanging out on campus, most people are comfortable in jeans and collared shirts or sweatshirts. I don't know, that's just my opinion! Besides, a good professor should respect all of his or her students, despite what students are wearing.

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  12. This is so true! I'll admit, I'm a sweatpants lover. But it really boosts my mood when I take the time to get dressed nicely!

    ♥Emma, of It's Emma Elise

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  13. I feel the same way. Totally agree! When wearing sweat pants it's only because I'll be on campus for one class but if I have my regular schedule I have to wear cute clothes or else my day is one big bleh. It just makes you feel prepared :)

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  14. This article is garbage. Each reason she gives to dress up is either pathetic or sexist. If you are dressing up for boys to regard you differently, then you are in a sad place in your life. A real southern belle would feel confident and prepared to take on the world no matter what she is wearing.

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  15. I was with the author of this post all the way until she used the word "girly". Who on earth says you have to dress "girly" to be dressed up, or be "dolled up" because that's the best part of being a girl?

    Jeans and a nice shirt can look just as nice as a dress in my opinion, and aren't necessarily "girly". Besides the fact that "girly" in a professional setting doesn't work anyway, since most businesses are neutral to the idea and don't want girls. They want professional women.

    My pity for the sexism in this post aside, too many girls nowadays put too much stock in their looks to gain compliments from "guys" and it is really sad.

    Dress up if you want, dress down if you want, but please do it for better reasons than guys' attention and looking girly.

    Your southern goals are hardly an excuse for letting down the women who fought for your rights to have this opinion.

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  16. I am currently at uni for a Bachelor of Education, and I always make it a point to dress in a way that I feel would be appropriate if I was teaching in a school. The only time I don't dress in something that would be considered smart-casual is when I have Physical Education classes as we are expected to run and play the games which we would be teaching kids, so I usually wear gym clothes on that day.

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