7 Fashion Tips for Incoming Freshmen
When in Manila, life goes by swiftly. One day, you just graduated from grade school or elementary school; and the next day, you’re on your way to university! Should I wear heels? Which trend am I going to sport on the first day? What outfit should I wear to impress my professors and/or soon-to-be classmates with?
These are questions that we usually ask ourselves before the term or school year starts, especially if it is our first day as a college or university student. Some people plan out their outfits a week – or even weeks – ahead! If you’re still puzzled on what to wear on your first few days at college, here are a few things that I learned along the way that may help you out, as well, as you embark on your journey as a college student.
7 Fashion Tips for Incoming Freshmen
1. Opt for flats…
…especially if you don’t really have any reason to wear heels. You’re going to have to move around a lot when walking around the campus and surrounding areas. Surely, you’d like to be as comfortable as possible while at it. Fortunately, there a lot of flats out there nowadays that won’t let you sacrifice on style.
If you really need heels for presentations and special event, though, bring foldable flats in your bag as back up. There are a lot of brands, like Flipster and Butterfly Twists, that offer these nowadays – and in various styles and different price points to boot. Wedge heels are also a great and chic option that is not as tiring and painful as stilettos. However, if you have the rare talent of walking in heels for 8 hours or more – go for it!
2. Wear a dress during P.E. days.
You’ll have to be on-the-go or at least want to be super comfortable during these days. It is hard to walk around school with a bulky backpack or a heavy gym bag, after all. For these days, a dress can be the answer to your woes because you can simply slip it on after (or slip it off before if you don’t want to go to school in your shorts and PE shirt) easily.
There are some dresses that look great when paired with Chuck Taylor’s, too! A dress will also allow you to move freely, especially if it’s quite long, and maximises your bag’s space while lightening its weight at the same time.
3. On days when you don’t know what to wear, opt for a school shirt.
It gets a little cliché at times, but that shirt can be spiced up with just a few tweaks. You can cut the sleeves off of your shirt and turn it into a muscle shirt, for example, or even add fringes at the bottom of it. These shirts also look good when paired with either a bandage or a skater skirt. Plus, you won’t just be showing off your school spirit this way, but your fashion sense, as well!
4. Show the right amount of skin.
Short skirts and V-necks can be cute, but showing too much skin may turn a-cute. Keep in mind that there is a right time for everything and that the university dress code is there for a purpose.
5. Turn to the Blazer.
Smart-casual is a really nice look in college and it may be achieved with the help of one staple item: the blazer. A blazer, while more commonly worn by moms in the past, is now a chic addition to any girl’s closet. It can be paired with a shirt – either graphic or plain; a girly top; and jeans – either colored and denim. It’s the perfect thing for days where you have to present something. Plus, you can still use it after school.
6. Mix and Match.
You may not have a lot of clothes, but if you know how to put things together well, you can come up with various outfit combinations with your numbered pieces of clothing. Fashion need not be expensive since clothes with a 4-digit price tag don’t necessarily mean a better look. Some of the greatest fashion finds can actually be found in bazaars. You just need to select the most versatile pieces.
7. Accessorize and play with fashion.
It is important to learn how to be comfortable in your own skin. College is your chance to break free and express your individuality, so make the most out of it. Accessorize your outfits with necklaces, earrings, cuffs and rings. Don’t be afraid of the big ones, either, as they can easily add spice to even the simplest outfit. Runway trends may also be incorporated to your school closet as subtle versions of them are available in high street stores and/or local department stores. Overdoing it may turn into a fashion faux pas, though, so be careful! Above all things, though, ENJOY and EXPERIMENT! You may be surprised by what you can come up with. 🙂