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!
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!
What's your school style, Darlings?