Dos and Don’ts of College Fashion

Dos and Don’ts of College Fashion

The University of Illinois is known for its world renowned engineering program, a top school for accounting, an immense student body, and fantastic greek life. It is also known for being a party school (complete shocker, I know).
So, despite wearing sweatpants and a baggy sweatshirt to class every day, I like to consider myself to be pretty stylish when I go out at night. My lazy, non-morning personality just gets in the way of having a true day style, or so I like to think. That being said, after one semester as a U of I student, I have come to four conclusions of what not to wear when going out.
Anything white
Besides the rule to never wear the angelic color after labor day, it is just not functional for a night out. Spilling is a common occurrence wherever you go. Mud can also easily stain pants while gallivanting through the grass. So, unless you want a polka dotted shirt with half dirty pants, I would save whites for the daytime.
Shoes you remotely care about
Frat Houses are laden with beer puddles and who knows what else. The past semester I had three pairs of shoes totally ruined. My tip is to have designated party shoes that are easy to clean like “converse” or “doc martens”. Although not the most fashionable, no one is staring at your feet, and it would be ‘oh so tragic’ to ruin the new pair of Steve Madden boots you got for the holidays.
High-heeled anything
While sometimes this rule does not apply for special nights out like a formal, or for the superwoman of the bunch who just walks oh so gracefully in her heels, I suggest leaving them at home. Nights out on the town, or campus in this case, require so much walking! Heels are just not functional to wear out and the pain in the morning will also be unbearable.
Too many layers
With the amount of people who go out, there are always crowds of people in a bar or frat house at the same time, maybe even numbering into the hundreds depending where you go. Keeping that in mind, the more bodies there are, the hotter you will be; so, having a lot of layers will be unbearable in the humid temperate environment. Not to mention, if you strip off a layer, or two, there will be no where to put your articles of clothing. My advice is to dress with a light jacket, flannel, or whatever you have, to keep you warm… some clothing article that you can then tie around your waist in case it gets too warm inside but is oh so cold outside.
Hope these tips helped! And happy (almost) Syllabus week!

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