Sunday, November 25, 2012

         Dear college students, I’m sure midterms recently snaked their way into your life (for better or for worse). Either way, they’re over! Whew. I hope you celebrated your midterm finale with a glass of your favorite champagne and soap opera. Kidding. There are even better ways to celebrate…like enjoying quality time with your family and friends over Thanksgiving break.     
        Yet, now the holiday is over and you’re bound towards your college classroom. Is there a way to perk up the rest of your semester? How can you tackle another round of Greek and Roman History? Actually, never mind History. What about Organic Chemistry? Hmm?!
Well, I can’t help you with the befuddling facts and figures that you must confront, but I can offer one itsy, bitsy tip. What’s that itsy bitsy tip? Dress for the part. Seriously. It has 2 benefits:
1) Confidence: You’ll be more astute when you argue with your professor (about why you deserve an A of course) when you’re wearing an outfit that makes you feel good, as opposed to a dull, uninspired one. Take my word.
2) Self-Expression: I know this may sound ridiculous, but I’ve realized through my own experience that experimenting with clothing is one of the coolest aspects of college. Mull this over: Once you hit the end of the collegiate road and start working, your dress code will be quite restrictive. Of course, not all work environments have uptight dress codes, but still…you can’t exactly toss on your idiosyncratic sweater or well-loved but scuffed boots. Your boss will prefer polished over punk--unless he’s the CEO of Vespa, in which case, go ahead and rock your studded vest.

        Now is the moment to experiment and enjoy stylish self-expression. I know it’s all too tempting to slip on a slinky skirt over your sweats or gravitate towards your tired blouse. Who can blame you? Gosh, you’ve got a lot on your proverbial plate, but try to enjoy whatever college has to offer while you can.

Madewell’s Fall 2012 Lookbook offers interesting style for the college student. Many of their outfits include trends that may not necessarily fly at a corporate office, but will be most welcome on your college campus.
Take a look!
Leopard (in moderation!) is viewed as a neutral in my book. In fact, over the past couple of years, this print reinvented itself as a pure classic. It's an excellent way to jazz up a monotonous lecture. Unkempt hair is excusable if your outfit is as rad as these models' are.

Master the "Art of Print-Mixing" during your college years. Once you try it, you kind of become addicted. Yes, it’s that much fun. Oh, and take a tip from Madewell by merging a bit of spring into your winter wardrobe. Fresh floral prints and lightweight shirts can be December outfits if you slip into your stockings and toss on a scarf.

Embrace primary color. It’s the quintessential way to invoke cheer into an over-worked school day (well that and a cup of Joe).

So, what do you think? Do you believe that what you wear affects how you tackle the day? Do you take fashion risks in college? Will Madewell's Fall 2012 Lookbook  inspire your next college ensemble? We want to hear your thoughts.



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