Dress Your Best
Nov 28, 2011
Looking out at the crowd of people on convocation day I see an array of styles, textures and colors. Dresses, jeans with heels and flowing tops, shirts and ties, sweatshirts and sneakers fill the chapel. I enjoy dressing up, especially during this time of year, in dresses and boots. For me, convo day is a reason to step out in my Sunday best and not feel out of place. Dressing up on a random Monday usually invites questions of “Why are you so dressed up today?” But on convo day the reason is implied.
But my question is this: why does convo day have to be the only day we step out in our best? Many students would rather throw on a pair of sweatpants and have no desire to ever don a dress or a tie. But some take extra time to think about their outfit and make sure they look their best. It’s not about vanity; it’s about confidence.
I’ll be the first to admit that when I’m feeling run down I have no desire to put thought into anything but jeans, a T-shirt and sneakers (and on particularly lazy days my velour sweatsuit). I know for most college students that feeling comes frequently. A solution is to pick out your attire the night before so no matter how tired you are in the morning you won’t have to think about what you are going to wear. Try it next time you are going to pull an all-nighter. After three hours of sleep (if you’re lucky) you’ll have a complete and pulled-together outfit that tells everyone you slept for eight hours and will give you a boost of confidence when you look in the mirror on your way out. When you look your best you feel your best. Also (for the ladies) a swipe of lip gloss and mascara will perk up your face if you don’t have time for your usual makeup routine.
With these thoughts in mind, I challenge the student body to step out and dress your best this week. It may not seem like a big deal and some might wonder “What’s the point? It’s only class.” But this is the time in your life when you can experiment with your outfits. Embrace your opportunity to play with different styles and have fun doing it. Let your personality shine and show the campus how confident you are.
On a side note, I’m excited to bring you this fashion column and will be writing more in the future. This may seem like it is mostly focused toward the women on campus, and some columns will be, but I encourage the gentlemen to give me ideas on what they would like to see as well.
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