5 Ways to Stop Dressing Like a High Schooler


Formal_MAIN Let’s face it: Your yoga pants and sweatshirt from high school are outdated, and the dreaded “real world” is looming on the horizon. Whether it’s at an interviews or just chilling in Café Kubal, you’re starting to realize that your “sexy homeless” look just doesn’t cut it anymore. So why are you still dressing like it? Now is the time to revamp your wardrobe, ditch the teenage clothes, and enter the adult world in style. Here are a few basics to get you started.

1. Be cozy for class. But not in sweats and hoodies. You can still be casual and comfortable without looking like you just rolled out of bed. (And if you did just roll out of bed, please change your clothes!) Instead of a sweatshirt, try an oversized sweater with leggings and boots. It’s still effortless, but looks a million times better.

2. Bury the bodycon. Remember that ultratight black bodycon skirt you wore out in the ninth grade? WHY did you bring it to college? There’s nothing wrong with showing skin, but we should all be more creative now than we were in 2011. For going out, try a leather circle skirt with a cool crop top, or wear a dress that shows off your body and your style.

3. Blaze it up. Add a nice blazer to your closet, and you will not regret it. Blazers are stylish and practical but still look young. No one has any fucking idea what business casual means, but when the occasion calls for it, pop on your blazer and nice pants or a skirt, and you’re good to go.

4. Accessorize. Jewelry can polish up any outfit if it is done right. Limit it to a few pieces, and keep it all gold or all silver. With solid shirts and sweaters, a necklace adds some pizzazz. If you’re wearing a three-quarter-sleeve top or a tank, a bracelet or watch will do the trick. And if you think your outfit is already pretty busy, stick to some simple rings. Accessories can change up your style from edgy to boho to classy to anything you want.

5. Abandon the Ugg-ly. Your tall chestnut Uggs rolled down halfway are not cute... Sorry. Ugg boots are fine for wearing around your dorm or apartment, but they are too sloppy for class and walking around campus, not to mention they provide zero traction. In this weather, snow boots are your best bet. If it’s not too snowy outside, riding boots or combat boots work, too. But banish the Uggs.

Photo by Adham Elsharkawi

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