College Fashionista Feature

I had one of those days a couple of weeks ago where I actually allotted myself more than 15 minutes to get ready. Shocking, I know! Especially for someone who spent her high school years shamelessly laying out her clothes the night before so I could sleep in as much as possible. This particular day a couple of weeks ago was the perfect day to play dress up. The sun was shining, the air was crisp and I was feeling classy, like I could give Kate Middleton a run for her money, so I slipped into a trusty pair of heels (on the brink of destruction but I don’t dare part with them) and went for a casual, business-chic look. I wasn’t heading to an interview. I had only one class that day. I had absolutely no reason for dressing up but it gave me a confidence boost, as most great outfits do, and it ended up paying off because a friend of mine and College Fashionista contributor flagged me down to photograph my outfit of choice for a weekly feature article. It was instant justification for such an ambitious outfit on such an insignificant day.

Black pants, knit sweater and heels: All from H&M
White t-shirt: Old Navy
Bag: Francesca’s Collections
Necklace: Handmade! An original by yours truly. See this DIY post
Photo source: College Fashionista via Nicole Ranieri

I won’t lie, I was pretty proud of this outfit. I had nothing going on that day; no commitments, no meetings, but the outfit fooled people into thinking that I had a busy, important day in front of me. A number of friends asked me what interview I had. It’s fun to mess with people isn’t it? We all know the old adage, “Dress for the job you want, not the one you have.” Well I’m putting this into effect early in light of my current ascent into the workforce and true adulthood.

To achieve this look shop for the basics. The tailored black pants are not only slimming, but can be business-y or dressed down for a funkier, casual look. The white v-neck is a staple item. You can never have too many white t-shirts in my opinion. Crew necks, v-necks, slouchy, fitted…buy them all and buy them cheap. Do the “half-tuck” into your trousers or jeans to add a bit of character to the outfit. Finally, a basic black satchel is a must. I like to see mine as pretty versatile. It has the long strap so you can sling it over your shoulder to look bookish and important and it also has the hand strap so you can place the bag on your forearm and carry it like a Kardashian sister (you know what I’m talking about).

Do you have those days when you dress up just because? What items in your closet give you a confidence boost?

–Ky

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