Clothes for Class: Dressing for Success
In the first part of the Clothes for Class series, I discussed the beauty of being able to dress however you wish as a college student. While this is great, so is knowing how to dress for the profession you’ll eventually have.
After all, you don’t want to be the person who gets an internship or professional position with your degree and then be completely unknowledgeable about how to dress for your first day on the job.
When we talked with students about their philosophy on dressing for class, some students said that they preferred to dress nicer because when they put effort into something as simple as what they wore, it caused them also to want to put more effort into their school work. Similarly, I notice in myself that when I put effort into my appearance and what I wear, it gives me more confidence in myself, and therefore, my work.
Beyond that, putting a little bit of effort into your appearance might help you make a better impression with some of your professors. If they take you more seriously as a student, they may be more likely to help you with difficult coursework or connect you with important professional contacts.
It’s also worth considering that a lot of students will graduate and work in professional settings where the typical work attire is dress pants with a button-down shirt. This is somewhat difficult to think about right now. Most of us are pretty young and a career like that seems so far from where we are now.
I’m not saying that we need to start wearing professional clothing every single day. What I am saying is that it would probably be very beneficial if students at least began curating more of a business casual wardrobe, along with some professional pieces for job, internship or university interviews.
Maybe you understand and even agree with these important factors, but you feel as though you have no motivation to actually put effort into getting ready for your 8 a.m. political science class.
First of all, I understand completely. One thing I would suggest doing to help ease into this life change is finding a job that requires you to dress in a business casual manner (which are most of the jobs on campus).
Because I’ve done this myself, it helped me get into a routine that required me to wake up earlier than I otherwise would have to and get ready for the day. Even if you aren’t one of those people who need two or more hours to get ready every day, having the time to prepare yourself mentally and physically might make a huge difference in your school performance.
I would also suggest finding something you feel comfortable with wearing when making a business casual wardrobe. You want to put forth your best effort while wearing something that makes you look and feel good.
With all of that being said, I hope that we all as college students will be able to make the style transition as painless as possible. The only way to do so is to start making that transition now!
Let us know your thoughts on clothes for class and share any tips or even your own philosophy on how students should dress.