by Kelly Song
Photos by Asli Acar
It’s a weekday, and it’s time for class. You wake up to your alarm, get up eventually, and wash up before starting the day. While this is all very important, the most important decision that you make each day is the decision to clothe yourself. Of course, how you decide to do this is entirely up to you and often situational.
You may be…
Layer it up! You can still wear your favorite T or tank; just pair it with your choice of cardigan and/or scarf. Pullovers and henleys work, because they tend to be warm, comfy, and casual. Sweaters, sweatshirts, and knits are also great options, stables of a comprehensive fall and winter wardrobe. Chunky sweaters and loose-fitting clothes look awesome as long as you maintain some shape. Oftentimes, students pair leggings, jeans, khakis, or some sort of fitted pant with their layered or bulkier top. The key to not getting swallowed up in your cozy clothes is in the fit.
Unless you’ve got an interview or formal presentation that day, a business suit or business dress is not necessary for class. For girls who want to dress up for class, sporting a casual dress is more than acceptable. Skirts are nice too, as long as you remember you’re not going to Prospect, you’re going to class. The blouse and legging combo is a popular one, and that can go either way: fancy or casual. For guys feeling fancy, the button-down and khakis combo is everywhere. Try standing out with corduroys or colored pants and pairing it with any collared shirt.
Kind of lazy:
It hits everyone at some point, usually within the first month of school. But just because you’re lazy doesn’t mean you can’t look good! At the very least, it’s always a good idea to look presentable for your peers and professors. For those who need a little extra incentive, there is a (somewhat questionable) saying that 50% of Hoyas marry other Hoyas, so you never know when you’re going to meet your future spouse on campus. That should keep you from rolling out of bed in your pajamas!
About to take a test:
Midterms… Finals… That exam that counts for half of your grade… You’re stressed. When dealing with stress, you could thrive off of a “look good, feel good” attitude. Perhaps dressing well will perk up your spirits. Most of the time, people just want to be comfortable, put as little effort as possible into dressing themselves, and pass the exam. During midterms and finals week you will see a lot of comfy sweatshirts, jeans, and sweatpants. And suddenly messy buns are all the rage again. There also tends to be a spike in athletic apparel, as guys and girls go for runs/hit up Yates to blow off steam.
Going to your 8am (or 9am… or 10am):
Let’s be honest. When it’s this early in the morning, efficiency is key. Whatever you put on, it has to be quick and comfortable. Getting yourself out of the door in something other than your pajamas is the priority here, even though you and I both know you’ll probably crawl right back into bed as soon as class ends. Wear whatever feels most comfortable, but unless you’re coming from a workout, always try to avoid sweatpants.
Planning a workout (or not…):
Athletic apparel is ubiquitous and can even look like haute couture (see Chanel’s fall 2014 collection). It’s comfortable and cool, and whether you actually work out in it or not, you look athletic. Now you can easily transition from class to Yates!
Go ahead, button up your oxford and slip on those pastels and boat shoes! There’s a reason why they’re so popular. Clean lines, pleasant colors, equestrian details. The possibilities are endless and will receive a warm welcome at Georgetown. Odds are you’ve seen enough preppy outfits to glean inspiration.
Speaking of spirit, maybe you’re feeling proud to be a Hoya:
We’re college students after all, and we go to Georgetown University! Georgetown gear is seen from Car Barn to St. Mary’s, and its always a good day to be a Hoya.
And with that ends this cursory guide to what students typically wear to class at Georgetown University. At the end of the day, your outfit is your medium for expression, comfort, and style. You do you!