Magazine » What to wear for your first college debate?
Show everyone that brains and looks go together.
Your first college debate is probably your first (bigger) public appearance at the university. Standing in a big auditorium, in front all of your professors and fellow students and staying concentrated on your speech at the same time… Well, let’s just say you don’t want to think about your almost too tight shirt at that moment.
You need to keep your thoughts in order and your head crystal clear, so solving the outfit dilemma before it becomes the outfit drama is the key.
It’s best if you stick to the classics and emphasize your style through accessories. If you like preppy style, that’s fine. Just don’t aim for a preppy look from head to toe, otherwise you’ll look like a uniformed school girl from a teenage movie and you want to be taken seriously, don’t you?
The first rule of suiting up is a good blazer. Investing in this piece of classic may hurt your bank account a little, but it will eventually pay off – think about it as investing in a good long-term relationship. And when it comes to the colour, always choose navy (Stella McCartney Iris wool-twill blazer, £735). It-s able to work two very different vibes – the serious business with the Hamptons casual; an essential you simply must have.
Then comes the white shirt. I know it’s a cliché, but there’s nothing classier than a buttoned up white shirt. And this Carven Satin-collar coton-poplin shirt (£200) will break the monotony with its printed collar. It’s a small, but very effective detail.
The bottoms depend on your taste – you can wear skirt or pants. You’ll gain extra points if you choose them in a colour different than the one of the blazer though. These dark green Dolce & Gabbana cropped trousers (£328) will add another color to the outfit and make it even more interesting, so their attention won’t waver.
Heels or flats? That’s up to you. Gianvito Rossi buckled leather pumps (£655) are the best choice if you want some extra height and a confidence boost; Miu Miu Two-tone pointed leather brogues (£365) if you want to look amazing, but feel comfortable at the same time.
Finish it up with your favorite jewellery, but keep in mind it has to be minimal and blend into your outfit. I always choose my gold watch (Skagen Klassik twelve dot watch, £110) as a personal statement. Match with it the rest of the outfit (bag, belt…) and you’re ready to rock (intellectually!) your first college debate.