Time to Step It Up, Success Is Waiting!
First impressions can lead to success. Throughout college, there are going to be many circumstances where students will have to dress business casual or business professional. For the young men, this may mean a suit and tie and for the young women, while they have more options, it may mean a suit, pantsuit, skirt, and blouse, or dress. That’s not to mention shoes.
Students need to research the companies they will be interviewing with and eventually working for. Some companies are very conservative in their dress policies and require business attire while others are more business casual. Trends change, but the basics still require that their look should be polished. I promise, just because you have to dress business professionals doesn’t mean you have to wear an ugly, boring old suit, there are so many cute options out there.
As students get closer to graduation, there are many changes that they will have to face. Although it may not be the most important change, transitioning their wardrobe from leggings, shorts, t-shirts, sweats, and sneakers to dresses, suits, ties, heels, and button-up shirts can be a bit of a challenge. Dressing for success can be daunting in different ways, but the one that stands out most may very well be its cost. Your first impression can make or break your success in an interview.
Regardless of what year in college students are, everyone will need some business-type clothes. There are a few classes that will require you to dress business casual every so often (mostly business majors). Most department stores will have a suit(able) option. You can check Macy’s, Dillard’s, Nordstrom, and Kohls. And of course, do not rule out some of the discount department stores including TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Ross. One store that I always have luck with is Ann Taylor Loft. While Ann Taylor has higher prices, The Loft quality is just as good, plus they often have huge sales. As students begin to upgrade their wardrobe, they will be happy to know the following stores provide discounts to students.
As they begin to upgrade their success wardrobe, they will be happy to know that student discounts are everywhere for the asking. Students can sign up online and download the app for Student Beans which will give them discounts for food & drink, fashion, tech and mobile, health & beauty, travel, study, and more. Check out our blog Student Discounts- Money Saving Resources. A similar student discount app is Unidays.
Some students also are able to find some great items at thrift stores so do not rule that out. If I ever find an outfit I love but it’s out of my price range, I always check Poshmark first to see if anyone is reselling for a cheaper price. Check out our Being Thrifty blog for some great local thrift stores.
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