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How to Dress for Success at College

College is a great experience, but there are a great many hoops to jump through before you graduate with a degree. Firstly, you need to pass some exams, and secondly, you need to negotiate the minefield that is a typical day in college. From your very first day, you will be judged a thousand times on the way you dress, the way you speak, and how you act amongst your college brethren. So, unless you genuinely don’t care what people think of you, it’s a good idea to pay close attention to your college closet.

Ditch the High School Threads
Dressing the same way you did in high school is the biggest mistake you can possibly make. Even though you only graduated from high school a short time ago, college is a high step up, so the last thing you want to do is look like a high school student on your very first day. You will probably feel nervous and less mature than everyone else will on his or her first day, but the trick is to act like you have been there and done that; in other words, super confident.


Once high school is done and dusted, throw out all of your clothes and start from scratch. Well, not literally, but you should definitely ditch the cute kitten sweaters and pink sneakers, unless you want to be identified as a freshman straight-out-of-high-school student.

Go for a More Mature Look

Try to style a more mature outfit. Logos and casual wear doesn’t look so good once you hit college. Now you are a college student, you are (in theory) more mature. Your look should express this newfound air of maturity, so go for outfits that would look great in the workplace. This is not to say you should immediately ditch the skinny jeans for a pants suit, but it’s a good idea to stay away from denim miniskirts and floral dresses. Remember that you may have to complete an internship as part of your higher education leadership degree, so it is sensible to have the right wardrobe ready and waiting.


Look Online for Inspiration
If you need inspiration, check out some Instagram feeds for sartorial help. There are some great fashion bloggers out there, and although they might have more money to spend, you can still look for ideas on what to wear at college.

Online Education
Online degrees are now just as popular as a traditional college education. When it comes to fashion, there are no rules if you are working towards an online doctor of education from Maryville University. Since you will be studying from home, you can wear whatever you like. The only time you will need to dress appropriately is if you take part in a web-seminar or tutorial with a video feed. Otherwise, feel free to spend all day in cozy pajamas.
You don’t need to replace your entire closet before college starts. Instead, build a capsule wardrobe with a few key items. Mix and match these with fashion garments and you’ll be just fine.

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