Mainstream Etiquette: Why You Need to Dress Sharply for College

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Most college students love to dress up and impress other people. However, dressing for class and dressing for a party are two different things that shouldn’t overlap with each other. Dressing appropriately for students does not necessarily mean that you need a 3-piece suit in the class. The point here is to dress according to the occasion. Dressing up for school was once a ‘di rigueur’ in many college sites as it is a symbol of respecting the power of education, demonstrating respect to your professors, and showing respect to your school.

But before we go down to the reasons why college students should practice the art of dressing up sharply, let’s tackle first what it means to dress up sharply.

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What Is Dressing Up Sharply? 

1. Dressing Means That You Wear Clean Clothes That Fit

While not all career requires wearing a suit every day. Young people should wear clothing that is free from stains, rips, and tears, and most of all must fit one’s body physique.
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2.  Dressing Up Means Having Your Personal Style

After building a rapport with clean and well-fitting clothes, the next thing to do is to develop your style.
The key to creating your style is understanding your build, skin tone, hair color, environment, and financial capacity. Combine these factors and come up a fitting style that doesn’t compromise.
You don’t have to follow mainstream trends in fashion. You can conjure your style that shows your personality.
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3. Dressing Sharp Means Classic

After conjuring your personal style, your next move would be, gathering ideas from classic trends. Dressing sharply evokes the image of men in the past. It could be the reason why the generation of our grandfathers is classic.
Classic items of clothing are the things that hold firm over time, and have no flows and ebbs,  transcends time and never lost its relevance in fashion trends.
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4. Dressing Sharp Means To Surpass

In the greatest sense, dressing up means to stand above the social norms of the day. T-shirts and jeans are common staples in the society, and for the most part, this combo is well-accepted in different cultures.
However, T-shirts and jeans do not exceed the current social norms that we have. If you want to stand-out from the crowd, choose to dress sharply. Take heed, dressing sharply means surpassing the standards.
Now, you already know what it’s like to dress sharply, the next phase would be discussing the reasons why it’s essential for college students to dress up sharply at school.
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Sharp Dressing Conveys Maturity

Whether you choose to go to school, serve your country, or enter a trade, you are now a young adult.
Your experiences in your pre-adulthood years shaped who you are today. It’s your responsibility to carry yourself forward. And the clothes that you wear are not exceptions.
Dressing sharply shows maturity and motivation. People will see you as a young person full of life and energy, potentials, and dreams. At the same time, they will also see a young person who is responsible and mature enough to serve herself or himself and rise above teen-hood. 


Sharp Dressing Is a Good Confidence Booster

A young person who has self-confidence can rise above the challenges of college life. Confidence is imperative in surviving the succeeding college life.
You cannot nail a good class presentation if you’re not confident with yourself. You could not land a good internship if you messed up in the interview due to lack of self-esteem. You cannot ask an attractive woman on a date if you think less of yourself.
To aid this dilemma, you should try to dress up sharply so that you can boost your self-confidence. Put on the best clothes that you own and face college with confidence.


Sharp Dressing  Radiates Self-Respect

If you exert time and effort in dressing up sharp, you will radiate an image of self-worth and self-esteem.
People will see and think positively of you. Dressing up means you are respecting your body. Moreover, a sharply dressed student will display a healthy sense of worth. When people see you in a clean, fitted, and classic clothing, they will most likely think that you are worthy of their company and time.
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Sharp Dressing  Means You Respect Your School and Professors

Showing respect to your school and professors is the whole point here. You want to look good and project a confident person because you want to demonstrate that you’re taking college life as a journey worth dressing.
What would your professors feel if you show up in their class wearing an over-sized sweatshirt and ripped jeans, or a dingy sweater and short pants with matching flip flops? Imagine what would be their impressions about you. Most probably, you’re a lazy student who only goes to class whenever you like.
When you wear appropriate clothing and go to class as a well-dressed student, your professors will acknowledge that you’re a responsible adult ready to take on the challenges that their subjects will throw at you. It will also reflect the image of the school that you’re attending.
When people see you in your best wardrobe and knows which school you’re attending, they will more likely think that students in your school have a good sense of style and most probably dresses up like you. Indirectly, you are representing the school with your fashion.


There’s a saying that goes like this, “Clothes Maketh Man,” it means that the way you dress reflects your personality as a person. It holds true for most of us. Women’s and men’s clothing are important social factors. We dress because we like to make good impressions. The same thing goes with dressing sharply too. There’s a reason why you groom yourself and dress well. It goes beyond vanity.
Janis Walker
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in any guest post featured on our site are those of the guest author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions and views of Beauty that walks as a whole.
Author Bio: Janis Walker is a fashion designer turned entrepreneur, writer, and blogger. The majority of her time goes to tending her clothing and shop and writing for her blogs. Leslie’s interests also extend to traveling, fashion designing, photography, and cooking. Carpe diem is his motto in life

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