Those clothes are fine for breakfast, dude, but you shouldn’t keep them on all day.
Sweatpants and the just-rolled-out-of-bed look have become the standard uniform for many college students across the country, but have you ever thought there might be consequences resulting from to what you wear to class?
In addition to being taken less seriously by your professors and peers, studies show students who dress well for exams have greater confidence and performance.
While maybe you couldn’t care less about your classroom appearance and have already committed to your stretchy pants, here are five reasons to reconsider.
1. Image to professors & peers
There’s nothing more awkward than watching someone give a class presentation when they’re practically wearing their pajamas. Do yourself a favor and let your work speak louder than your clothing choices.
Not only will wearing a put-together outfit give you more confidence when approaching your professors, but will enable them to take you more seriously as a student.
2. You never know when you need to network
Surprise! There’s a guest speaker at class today and they’re looking to recruit interns for their company.
However, you opted to skip the shower and threw on your super comfy sweatpants. As unfair as it may seem, research shows that people make a first impression within seven seconds. And let’s face it, industry connections are too important to miss out on because of a wardrobe mishap.
3. Boost classroom confidence
While your loungewear is the perfect apparel for sleeping and lazing around your dorm room, please reconsider before making a habit of wearing it around campus.
Wearing your sweats to class, especially for an exam, is not recommended because it can make you feel lazy and sluggish, thus, influencing your classroom performance.
While it’s not necessary to wear a suit all week during finals, try slipping into a pair of nice jeans and button-down shirt. You’ll feel polished and prepared to go in and ace that test.
4. Build a stylish & professional wardrobe
The reality is that yoga pants and a t-shirt won’t be acceptable in the real workplace, so why not skip the everyday gym clothes and start building your wardrobe with some quality items right now?
Whether you’re a freshman or soon-to-graduate senior, investing in a few staple items like a fitted blazer, classic watch and tailored pants will come in handy when transitioning from college to the work world.
5. Develop your personal style
College is a fantastic time to experiment with your wardrobe and discover your own personal style.
While most high school students simply feel the pressure to conform, college is the time to come into your own or even establish a whole new “look.” Take this opportunity to find what colors, cuts and fits of clothing work best with your body and make you feel most confident.
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