Can your outfit affect your grades?

Born and raised in Malibu, California. Attended the University of California Riverside and California Lutheran University where she was a sideline reporter for college football. Majored in Communications and Business, while currently pursuing her MBA at California Lutheran University and working at SamSaraDesign, LLC as an interior designer.

When it comes to fashion in college, we often think about whom else is seeing our clothes. For the most part, we dress to impress the people we care about i.e. our crush, the people whom we want to become acquainted with and to impress, etc. What we fail to recon is that those people aren’t the decision makers in the grades one will be receiving. Fashion directed to impress one another should be saved and enjoyed for non-academic events; it is more appropriate and comfortable for oneself in the end. I had to find out the hard way.
It was the first day of class and I had my advanced music class as the initial start to my day, clouding my priorities of the succeeding classes, such as business ethics.
Naturally, the first class we are headed towards is what molds our thought process into what to wear for the rest of the day. This was a tough lesson learned on my behalf.
Knowing the occupants of my music class would be dominated by uniquely dressed musicians rocking creative attire from thrift stores usually paired with a well-known album cover stamped on an item of their clothing. I knew walking into music with a pencil skirt and dress shirt would not only attract confused peers, but would eventually affect my self-esteem and performance.
I wanted to fit in and make a lasting impression at the same time. So I chose to wear a led zeppelin shirt paired with leather pants. My attire was a hit and I had fit in more than expected with the rest of my peers. I was beginning to have a lovely first day of classes and certainly succeeded in making a lasting impression, unfortunately it wasn’t in the way I was hoping for.
Class was over and all of a sudden Business ethics appeared on my agenda as if I had no idea I was even taking such a class. As I struggled to walk in the door with my fabulous outfit from music, I realized I was giving off any vibe other than fabulous. Students were dressed to the nine’s in accordance to the attire that was expected of us for business ethics. Girls were sporting Elizabeth Taylor pencil skirts and dress shirts, while the boys seemed to have taken full advantage of the Mens Wearhouse Fall collection.
The everlasting saying that first impressions are the most important was never more apparent to me than this day. The looks of disapproval were more than any insult Joan Rivers could’ve thrown at me. The black sheep feelings only burned deeper as the second lesson of class summarized the importance of appearance in business. To cliff note the overall lecture; any outstanding resume will by overseen if not accommodated without appropriate attire, therefor automatically justified as not credible.
Now this experience isn’t to say I wasn’t taken seriously for the reminder of the semester, but I had to earn that respect of my peers and professor throughout time with attending class in appropriate business wear.
With a little thought and planning, any student can walk in all of their classes consecutively and be dressed appropriately to each. One or two items such as a dress shirt or dress jacket brought in hand or in your backpack can make a world of a difference in not only your own comfort and self-esteem, but your grades and presence towards your professor and the environment you’re working to blend with.

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