How to Dress for Freshman Year

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So you’re new to NYIT and it’s the first day of classes. You woke up early to plan the perfect outfit, yet your time is quickly diminishing. You stand clueless in front of your closet and scan the perimeter from shelves to hangers then vigorously search through your drawers. Nothing seems to fit the image in your head and now all you have is a mess in front of you. Who knew getting dressed could be such a workout? Hmmm. The “Massapequa High School Cheerleading” sweatshirt? The cute bunny PJs— grandma bought me those, how can anyone resist me in that? Or maybe the “Say No to Drugs, Yes to Jugs” t-shirt—let ‘em know I’m cool? Well allow me to be the voice of reasoning inside your head. My answer is: No, absolutely not, and never! There are much better choices to be made, right there in your closet. Worse case scenario. . .you go shopping! (and how bad is that). Clothing is a way to express oneself to others, but often first-year students have trouble finding the perfect fit. Nothing screams “freshman” more than wearing a two-sizes-too small t-shirt with Abercrombie printed across the front. Fashion in college certainly does not revolve around stores in the mall. So ladies and gentlemen, here is your personal guide to how to dress for your freshman year at NYIT. These tips are based on not only the latest styles, but common sense advice that most fashionistas and fashion editors would agree with.

 

What Not to Wear:

Pants:

Now, guys this is a rule of thumb: if you have a waist, your pants should be around it. If you are waddling like a penguin to prevent them from falling down, chances are your pants are way too low. There is a very simple solution to this problem: purchase a belt. Your college experience will be ten times better, (I promise you) if your underwear isn’t showing and you don’t have to pull up your pants after every class.

Shoes:

Do not go overboard! Ladies, NYIT is a beautiful campus but it is not a runway. Remember that walking to class is a can be a pleasant experience, especially in the late summer days of September, but it won’t be if you are in six inch wedges. Guys, K.I.S.S.: keep it simple. If your sneakers are five different colors that don’t match, they are definitely not a good idea.

ATTENTION: CAMOUFLAGE IS NEVER A GOOD IDEA.

Shirts:

Be smart. If you are in class do not wear a shirt that condones drugs, sex, alcohol, violence or profanity. Not only is it a distraction to the students around you, it is a distraction to your teacher.  Do you really want your teacher to know that you are the undefeated beer pong champion of Mepham High School as they grade your papers?

Pajamas:

If someone tells you, wearing pajamas is a good idea . . .stop being friends with them. There is nothing more ridiculous than showing up to class in pajamas. If you are too tired to get dressed, then you should stay in bed or register for online classes.

What to Wear:

Style:

Pick a style you are comfortable with and stick with it. Whether it is urban, indie, prep, etc. plan on maintaining this style for a while. If you are going into college trying a new style, remember; you do not want to look like you are wearing a costume. You can be unique without being over the top.

Jeans:

This is a must have! Invest in at least 4-5 trusty pairs of denim jeans. Denim is such a versatile piece of clothing; you can never go wrong with it. Brands to look for: Lucky, Guess, Rock and Republic and True Religion. There are so many options with jeans, look for colors, (black, white, pink) or even denim with a good fade.

Colors:

Don’t be afraid to try a bold color! Make sure the color you pick matches your skin. Trust me on this, a person with lighter features will look better in lighter colors while a person with darker features will look better in warmer tones.

Glasses:

Recently, glasses have become a fashion icon. If you wear prescribed glasses, pick a type with a thicker frame. This has many benefits aside from looking good, the thicker the frame the less likely they are to brake.

Polos:

Every guy looks good in a polo. Lacoste makes a nice polo but $75 is overpriced for a college student. America Apparel is your best bet they have, “Pique Polos,” and they fit great, look great and are completely affordable.

A Classic Dress:

Ladies, you can never go wrong with a simple dress; it’s a whole outfit in one! You can dress it up with a nice necklace and tights, and you can dress it down with a cute pair of flats.  “Dresses are a great opportunity to show off your favorite accessories! Layer necklaces in understated colors like cream and soft grey accented with mixed metals and stones for a sophisticated look. Basic items updated with embellishments add an extra pop, too!” Says the fashion experts from Seventeen Magazine.

Cardigans:

Cardigans are an easy go-to when you are pressed for time in the morning. Most college students don’t have the time or money to dry clean clothing, so avoid cashmere. Cotton cardigans are perfect for college; they are so inexpensive and can be picked up at H&M, Forever 21 or J Crew. Get at least one basic black or white one and at least one color such as yellow or blue.

Nice to Have:

A Bag that Holds Everything:

Look for a bag with good quality, canvas, leather or fake leather. You want to find one that is strong and a neutral color to match with your wardrobe. If you find the right bag it can also go from day to night and serve multi-purposes. Note: the more pockets the bag has, the more organized you become. Brands to look for: Michael Kors, Marc by Mac Jacobs, Coach.

My final tip of advice: dress for success. As a freshman, you only get one chance to make a first impression. Make it count! Let your personality be reflected through your clothing, but remember you want your professors and peers to take you seriously.

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