After graduation, your closet full of pajama pants and sweatshirts will evolve into a closet filled with pantsuits and knee-length skirts. Your college hoodie and see-trough leggings don’t scream, “Hire me!” and therefore, will have to go.
L’amour Johnson, a sophomore journalism major, suggests “dressing more professionally,” which means no more Uggs or baseball caps as your everyday wear. As a working member of society, the professional world will require you to take the time to actually get ready and be as presentable as possible.
After getting rid of your everyday college wear, it’s time to develop your own and new professional style. Button-down shirts and pencil skirts will become your new go-to every morning.
Your closet will become filled with blazers, blouses, suit jackets and slacks. This new acquired style may seem boring and disappointing, but you can always spice it up and make it your own.
“The way you dress should reflect your own unique style, but in given professional circumstances you should dress accordingly,” said Lindsey Hale, an undeclared sophomore.
For example, to spice up a blouse and pencil skirt, add fun colored and patterned scarves and shoes to change your look. This could also be an opportunity to experiment with your makeup and hair to find something that works for your new professional apparel, but still reflects your personality.
To separate yourself from everyone wearing a suit and tie, add a bright and playful tie, or maybe a bow tie. Dressing professionally doesn’t mean you have to settle for the gray suit. Even in professional settings, you should strive to stand out from the others.
After graduation, you will be forced to say goodbye to your beloved flip-flops and CSU hoodies but will say hello to a new and fun yet professional style.
This article was produced for the 2015 Graduation Guide.