Ask An Atlanta Expert: Tips For College Style Essentials

August 27, 2013 8:00 AM

Going to college is a big transformation because students are worried about how to manage time effectively and maintain a social life. Take note from an Atlanta expert on how to be stylish while rushing to classes, group meetings and early morning tests.  

Jessica Olivia Anthony
Owner/Founder of Olivia Anthony
Atlanta, GA
(205) 910-2455

Jessica is the ultimate style expert. Not only is she a stylist to the fabulous, she is a recent graduate of Alabama State University. Jessica Anthony has years of fashion and stylist experience from working as the head stylist for Alabama State’s Elite Modeling student organization to working as a public relations assistant at the BET Rip the Runway televised fashion show. Along with many more dealings, Jessica is the perfect person to give fashion advice to any college student.

Tip 1: Always Have A Statement Piece

A statement piece is the first thing someone will notice when first looking at the outfit and it usually reflects the style of the person wearing it. The statement piece should be the most attractive, eye-catching and stylish part of the ensemble. Always have a statement piece for the day, whether it is a top, pair of trousers, skirt or piece of jewelry. Also, have two to three options to go with the statement piece so just in case one does not work, you will have a back up and still be on time for class.

Tip 2: Whatever You Wear, Be Appropriate

While on campus, you are always being watched. When you are seen, you should always want to be appropriate, yet stylish. Many departments have a dress code. For example, the business department may require you to be dressed business casual or business professional for class. There is always some type of event that will be held on campus, so even if you are just going to an event, always do some research on the event to see what attire is required or appropriate.

Tip 3: Wear It With Confidence

What many people fail to realize is it is not who you wear but how you wear it. Confidence speaks louder than any label and is a reflection of value. Someone could walk into a room with an outfit on made by the best designer that participated in New York Fashion Week and not look stylish because of their lack of confidence. The famous fashion columnist Diana Vreeland once said, “It’s not about the dress you wear, but it’s about the life you lead in the dress.” Always challenge yourself and your style.

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Tip 4: Triple Check The Look

All through school, you are taught to check your work, whether you are writing an essay or taking a geometry test. College is no different. When it comes to your look of the day, always check your work. Always leave five minutes to take a last look at your outfit before leaving the dorm room and if you feel uncomfortable about an item you have on, listen to your inner self and leave it on.

Tip 5: Wear Comfortable Heels

Again, depending on your major, you may have dress requirements. Most of the time when you have a presentation for class, an appropriate pair of heels is required. Many of the more glamorous ladies love to wear to heels on campus despite the dress codes. If this is the case, make sure the heels are comfortable and effortless to walk in. You do not want to be known as the girl who falls all over the place in her five-inch heels. 

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