‘Real’ clothes

We all fall into that trap from time to time–you turn of your alarm clock, stand up, and just don’t feel like putting on ‘real’ clothes. Sometimes even jeans seem like too much of an effort. But, in the back of your head there’s that annoying voice: You’ll hate this outfit later, what if you see ‘so-and-so’? You may feel like dressing like a slob, but don’t forget about that ‘you can only make a first impression once.’ So, whatcha gonna do–give in? Or be a big girl and get dressed like an adult? It’s not the nicest voice, but it is right. In college, you never know who you will run into, or what opportunities might come up suddenly, requiring you to look respectable. And, in general, dressing well just makes it more likely that people will take you seriously, even in class. But let’s be honest, we all have those days where we don’t want to put in the effort.
Yoga pants and leggings represent this lazy dressing, so first thing you need to do is change your thinking about them. They were made for comfort and for exercise, so to start dressing better even when you don’t want to, don’t touch those stretchy black pants unless you are staying in or going to workout.
Next, find a replacement for them. Some pair of pants that are just as comfortable, but look a bit more sophisticated. Look like early 20-something that you are! I, for one, have resorted to a nice dark pair of jeans–usually a pair of skinnies, because for some they feel more effortless than bootcut.
Finally, you have to consider what you’re wearing on top. Sweatshirts are the peanut butter to the yoga pant’s jelly–but there are ways of dressing up a sweatshirt. It starts with what you’re wearing on bottom and ends with what the sweatshirt looks like. If you’re really feeling lazy, a school sweatshirt is always acceptable on a college campus. But if you’re willing to put in a little more effort, and have a bit more to spend, buy one of the well-tailored sweatshirts, or shirt-like sweatshirts. Or (even better) ditch the sweatshirt for a well-made sweater or blouse. Some tops that look uncomfortable really don’t–and some might even dress up your whole look without you putting in any more effort than putting the shirt on.
You’re in college now, so you should dress like it. Don’t fall into the trap of wearing lounge clothing to class every day–there are alternatives that are both comfortable and sophisticated!

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