If you’re just starting college, navigating life on campus can feel confusing and overwhelming. There are so many social norms you aren’t used to yet, and everything can feel so different from high school. If you’re trying to figure out how to fit in in your first class, these tips for choosing what to wear can help.
Comfort is often a top priority in college. You may have classes all day, long walks outside from building to building and waiting periods between classes. Plus, you may have been up all night studying or hanging out with friends. Sweat pants, leggings, t-shirts and all other things comfortable are fair game in college. Just don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes for those walks across campus.
The only way to make comfortable clothes better for college classes is by putting the school logo on them. For example, Buckeye students often wear officially licensed Ohio State athleisure and apparel to class. It’s a great way to stay comfortable and casual while showcasing your school pride.
The imagery on someone’s shirt can tell you a lot about them. Maybe they’re a big sports fan, a member of a fraternity or sorority, a member of a school club or organization or did the same activities as you in high school. Using someone’s clothes to look for common interests is a great way to make friends and figure out who to sit by in class. Likewise, you can wear clothes that showcase your interests so other people can approach you and strike up a conversation.
Many campuses are largely outdoors and have lots of space between buildings. Students should keep the weather in mind while selecting their attire, especially if some of your classes are across campus from others. Make sure you don’t wear clothes that are too hot or too cold, remember rain boots and an umbrella for rainy days and keep your winter coat ready for snow days.
Some schools have dress codes that students have to abide by. If that’s the case for your school, make sure to follow all of the rules when picking out your clothes. Certain classes, especially labs, may also have dress codes. For example, many science labs require long pants to prevent spilled chemicals from touching exposed skin. Make sure to check the syllabus before your first day to see if your classes have any requirements when it comes to attire.
One of the best things about college is that people have come from all kinds of different backgrounds and have all kinds of personalities and interests. No matter what your personality is like, you’re bound to find some similar classmates. Make sure that whatever you wear fits your personal style, and don’t be afraid to stand out. The only person you have to please is yourself.
Choosing the perfect outfit for college classes is easy if you consider comfort, school spirit, your interests, weather, dress codes and personal style. Just remember to be yourself and have fun.