Sweater: Forever 21 (similar) | Skirt: Topshop | Clutch: Forever 21 | Earrings: H&M (old) | Sunglasses: Ray Ban | Lipstick: MAC | Shoes: Sam Edelman
As you can tell from previous posts, I'm having a recent love affair with the midi skirt. Inspired by the lovely Blair of Atlantic-Pacific (a fellow Gator!) and her many midis, I spotted this textured skirt in the Topshop section of Nordstrom and was immediately smitten. Midi skirts are quintessentially classic and leave a ton of room to play with different outfit combinations.
For example, I wore this skirt out to a fancy dinner with a silk crop top, and I wore the outfit featured on this post to a casual day of studying and coffee (mostly the latter, let's be honest). I love a piece that can transition flawlessly between different occasions. Even if it's a little too formal for some things, the fact of the matter is that I am usually/always overdressed for most things in Gainesville anyway. In a sea of Nike running shorts and University of Florida T-shirts (I own more than a few of both), I am the one wearing an outfit that was fully planned the night before.
I'm a college kid too. I understand that wearing gym clothes and cozy sweatshirts is much easier than a fully coordinated outfit. And don't get me wrong, I wear gym clothes often myself. More often than I actually go to the gym, really. But I digress. My point is that I understand how hard it can be to put effort into how you look when it is perfectly socially acceptable to dress in casual sorority/fraternity gear. And I also understand that some people simply don't get as much happiness as I do out of planning a new outfit. If we're being honest, probably no one does. I'm weird.
But I encourage students to put some effort into how they look and to dress up just a little bit, in whatever way it is that makes them feel best. Because when you dress better, you feel better. And when you feel better, you do a better job of mindlessly surfing the Internet during lectures. I'm kidding. Obviously. I've never done that.
It's sad to say, but I've come to recognize that there is campus-wide feeling that blending in is easier than standing out, especially when it comes to clothes. But blending in is really not on my list of priorities anymore. Life is too short, and clothes are just too pretty.