From Our ReadersThe Benefits of Dressing Up Every Single DayFrom Our Readers

The buzz of your alarm goes off, and already you are planning the events of the day around when you can slide back into bed, nap and avoid responsibilities. It would be so easy to press snooze and sleep in a few extra minutes. After all, you have that clean pair of sweats and graphic tee you can throw on 20 minutes before class begins. You’ll feel comfortable all day and be ready for that nap at a moment’s notice.

Unfortunately, these thoughts go through many students’ heads each morning before they begin to check off the many items on their “to-do” lists. But there are so many benefits to ignoring that lazy little voice in your head. Sure, wearing comfortable clothes all day will guarantee the ease of a nap later, but I am here to tell you the benefits of taking a few extra minutes to dress up far outweigh the benefits of throwing on sweatpants and that old baggy sweater.

It Helps You Develop a Routine

Picture this scenario instead: the buzz of your alarm goes off and you roll out of bed, ready to take on the day. A good way to ensure that this becomes a part of your morning routine is to lay out an outfit the night before. A routine is a wonderful way to set your gears in motion and begin the day on the right foot. You will feel awake and alert in no time, and that perfect navy skirt you laid out the night before will boost your confidence and in turn motivation, preparing you for your busy schedule.

It Makes You Feel More Confident

Showing up to class or work feeling confident and motivated is a key step to having a successful day. These traits begin with ourselves; looking in the mirror before walking out of the door can greatly boost our confidence. Your mirror reflection can aid in this; especially if you love the outfit you are in. Feeling confident and comfortable at the beginning of the day will increase your productivity and self-assurance. Instead of sitting in the back, assertively take that front seat for yourself. Show your peers that you look good, you feel good, and you are going to succeed. This inner-confidence will radiate throughout as you put time and a little extra effort into your image.

“Dress For The Job You Want, Not The One You Have”

We have all heard this saying, and it rings true for students, as well. Think about the career you want and how hard you are working now to achieve those goals. How will you dress once you have been elected into your local government, or hired by that marketing firm you have had your eyes on since freshmen year? Dress that way now. Not only will it prepare you for your future career, it will motivate you to continue on your path with ambition and passion which are key characteristics that employers will love.

As a student myself, I have found that nothing prepares me for my day like waking up a few minutes earlier and spoiling myself. Take that extra time to paint your nails, shine your shoes, or perfect your eyeliner. Spend some time appreciating yourself, and once you do, you will feel your confidence and motivation drastically rise. College is a time for making memories and making impressions; do both! After all, we can sleep when we’re dead.

Trista Pruitt is the reigning Queen of Gardner-Webb University. She enjoys shooting apples off of her loyal subject’s heads while brushing up on her Tolkien knowledge and using her grammar knowledge and prowess to help other students perfect the fine art of writing. She also enjoys looking fresh to death and reminiscing on her days spent on a small island across the Atlantic full of castles and rainy streets. You can follow her on Twitter and Tumblr.

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  1. I love this. I also think it applies to more than just students, but any person every day going to school, work, or just out in general! You have to be confident no matter what and not form lazy habits. I’m out of college and luckily work at a place where I can wear my own outfits without a huge dress code, so there’s really no excuse for me to not step it up a notch with my outfits, makeup and hair every day going to work as well. Thanks for this!

  2. I think a majority of the time, dressing up is the better choice. However, I think there are days when one should wear comfortable clothes and skip make up, just to remember he or she doesn’t need these things everyday to feel good.

  3. So glad this was written. I’ve been out of college for a few years, but I think the sloppy look is being taken too far. How do people expect to be taken seriously when they can’t even put on a pair of real pants in the morning? I wholeheartedly agree that it is important to look dignified, even if you’re going to class… you never know what kind of important connections you’ll make!

  4. I work a job which requires a higher level of daily effort than I have ever had before and it turns out I like it! 2yrs in and I have no problem wearing a cocktail dress on the bus at 7am.
    2 things have been my saviours, though. First is I follow this daily good luck cot thing the sewing ladies gave me. Every day has a color, it helps narrow it down a lot. Second is I hang what I am gonna wear on my closet door at night. This way when I tired and bleary eyed I can just put it on and not have to think (ugh, pre-work think).

  5. Oh! I wake up early everyday only for to dress up well and take good appearance at college!
    And I really like this post!
    Xoxo