If you’re off to graduate school this fall, congratulations! You’ve joined an elite squad of less than 5% of college graduates. But unlike your first four years of college where you were just a student, grad school also means teaching, presenting, and working much more closely with your professors and advisors.
So what does this mean when it comes to your style in grad school? We’ve got some suggestions.
Shop Your Closet First
Yes, sometimes you’ll need to be more professional once you’re in graduate school — but that doesn’t mean your undergrad staples like your favorite hoodie are a no-go (you’ll just need one for the new university). When you’re the student in the class, a hoodie with jeans and sneakers are just fine.
Invest In A Good Blazer
A good blazer is always a smart choice for both men and women. On days you’re teaching or presenting, it can dress up any outfit instantly. You can pair it with more casual pieces to hit the sweet spot of being a student teacher while showing your school spirit.
College classrooms can be cold, so having something to keep you toasty is important — and sometimes it’s good to think beyond the hoodie for those days you need to look professional. Try a crew with a collared shirt, our Academy Turtleneck, or a zippered pullover like our Saranac Quarter Zip, (not featured).
Ditch The Sneakers
Sneakers are great and super comfortable, but if you’re leading a class or giving a presentation, you might want to upgrade your shoes. There are many comfortable and stylish shoe options available — just remember to pick something you can walk across campus in and stand in for long periods.
Choose Accessories Wisely
A great way to look less like an undergrad is to dress up with some great accessories. Bold statement necklaces or watches can really elevate the most casual outfit even when you’re wearing your favorite college gear — as styled here by NYC Fashion Blogger Simply Audree Kate.
Grad school is about learning and honing your skills. Why not put your best style foot forward? Good luck, and congratulations again on getting into grad school!