Being a college student and dressing in something besides leggings and a T-shirt is hard, I understand. Waking up early to get to class is already a struggle and thinking about what to wear is often the last thing on most students’ minds.
That said, I do find it uplifting and fulfilling when I wear clothes that say a little more than just “I rolled out of bed and ran across campus to get to class on time.” I find myself more motivated in jeans and a sweater than I do in sweatpants and a tee. If you find items you like and clothes that make you feel ready to take on the day, getting dressed can be something you look forward to.
My secret to looking put together with putting in minimal effort is finding your personal style and sticking to styles that work for you.
Of course, you should still take risks with your wardrobe and experiment with different styles, but it is also normal and convenient to have a comfort zone when dressing for your day-to-day routines. Developing a sense of personal style is also an important way to express oneself. Fashion is a crucial outlet for self-expression, and we should take advantage of the freedom clothes give us.
When starting to build your personal style, start to look to your favorite celebrities for inspiration. Just make sure you’re looking to the celebrities you relate to stylistically.
Actress Zendaya is usually seen wearing boyfriend jeans and a T-shirt paired with sneakers, conveying a relaxed and laid-back style. Even though I relate to Zendaya, I look to others for inspiration to help me push the style envelope. Supermodels like Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner are the celebrities who influence my style the most, with their minimalistic styles they are still able to look chic and high-fashion — that’s the aesthetic I want my clothes and style to convey.
Celebrities can be great style guides, but so can the people in your social circles. Don’t be afraid to pull ideas and styles from friends and family — after all, they are the people you spend the most time around. In the past, I wasn’t the biggest fan of jean jackets, but then my sister started wearing them all the time and eventually they grew on me. For about a month, I used to wear hers, but then I decided it was time to buy my own. Now I have two denim jackets that I can add to any outfit, and they make me look more put together whenever I wear them.
Copying someone’s style usually has a negative connotation, but what’s bad about wanting to dress like someone? For me, that’s one of the biggest compliments I could receive. Pull ideas and inspiration from those around you and who you look up to. Even the most popular style icons had to get their ideas somewhere.
Now that you have a style and aesthetic in mind, find styles that you feel confident and stylish in. Try to find a pair of jeans or a top that makes you comfortable and build your wardrobe around that. My high waisted black skinny jeans are my go-to piece because they flatter my body and make me feel confident while going with the minimalistic style I strive for. I essentially built many of my day-to-day outfits around these jeans because they are my favorite clothing piece that I can rely on to fit, and they help me take on anything the day throws at me.
Many female students’ personal styles these days don’t go farther than leggings and T-shirts. But at some point, you’ll need to get more dressed up for your day-to-day life. Using these tips on how to build your personal style beyond loungewear will make you feel confident and uplifted while taking away the effort when getting ready in even on the earliest of mornings.