Dress for success

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January 25, 2010

3:35 PM

Tired of your usual sweater and jeans for class? Don’t be afraid to break out a casual dress for your next 9 a.m. A simple dress can be classroom-ready with a few easy tricks.

First of all, pick your dress. In the colder months, opt for a dress made of wool or a thicker fabric, like a sweater dress. When the weather warms up, lighter cotton sundresses and shirtdresses are great and easy to wear for class.

Next, add some interest with secondary pieces. Throw on a classic cardigan, chic coat or structured blazer over a dress to add an extra layer to the look. Tights or leggings are great if it’s chilly, and wear casual boots or flats to keep the outfit class-appropriate.

Finally it’s time to accessorize and complete the look. Don’t overdo it on accessories (especially jewelry) because the key is to keep the ensemble casual and just as effortless as jeans and a top. A pretty fringe scarf is a great necklace alternative that doesn’t add extra dressiness.

These guidelines for literally “dress”-ing for class don’t stop here. The possibilities are endless and the most important thing is to stay true to your own style. Not a fan of ballet flats? Casual dresses can look cool with Converse too. Feeling a bit sporty? A zip-up hoodie over a dress can be fun as well. So put on that dress, grab your bag and books, and head off to class with style and, of course, confidence!

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