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We're all guilty of pulling on leggings and letters and running out the door to class. Bumming it isn't exactly a crime but nonetheless, it should probably stop. Class isn't a fashion show but anytime you walk out the door, you represent yourself. Putting in the extra effort to put on jeans instead of yoga pants will pay off in more ways than one.
1. You'll feel better.
Look good, feel good... am I right? When you put your best foot forward you'll have more spring in your step and feel more motivated to have a great day. When's the last time you had a bad day in a fleek outfit? Um, never.
2. And have more confidence.
Have you ever really felt comfortable speaking up in class when your hair's in a messy bun and you have no make up on? No, you don't. Sure, I'm all for being confident without make up and being comfortable in your own skin, but you're not doing yourself any favors when you skip out on a little mascara.
3. Class is actually important.
By the time you're a sophomore, chances are most of your classes are going to be related to your major and all of your professors can and will probably be able to help you get to grad school, an internship, or a job. Think of class as practice as for the "real world." You wouldn't go to work or a job interview looking like a bum, would you? And your professors are much more likely to help a student who puts just a little effort into their appearance, rather than roll into lecture in sweats.
4. Unfortunately, people do judge a book by its cover.
I'm not saying that it's right, but you know people are judging you as you walk down Shortlidge. Put the effort into looking polished, instead of looking like the girl who took a pitcher of tequila to the face last night... because ~tbh~ no one really likes that girl anyway.
5. You'll always feel "on."
If you're wearing something cute, who cares if you bump into your ex, an old friend, or a super intimidating professor? You're far more likely to strike up a conversation in booties and jeans than if you're slumming it in your gym clothes.
6. You can use it as an outlet to express yourself.
Clothes are a really easy way to express yourself and get creative. If you want everyone to eff off, wear all black. You're super girly? Wear all pink. The choice is yours. On the other hand, when you wear some oversized sweatshirt with a coffee stain, what do you think that says about you?
7. You'll look less lazy.
While yeah, lying in bed all day in sweats watching Netflix is completely normal and totally okay, don't let it affect your style. Wearing the same thing to class that you wear to bed isn't cute, like at all. A good rule of thumb is if you would wear it to sleep, you probably shouldn't wear it in public.
8. Gym clothes were meant for the gym.
For one, super tight, compression-y fabrics just aren't meant to be on your body all day. Secondly, just because you pull on gym clothes to make it seem like you might just be heading to the gym after class, doesn't make it any better. If your style is sporty, cool. But don't cross the line into sloppy.
9. It's just as easy to put on jeans as it is sweats.
I was really anti-pants for a long time. I'll admit it... but then I got over it. Shockingly, putting on jeans or pants with a actual waist requires no more effort than pulling on your favorite pair of spandex. And when you find the right pair, they're just as comfortable as your Lululemons.
So do yourself a favor, do a little shopping, and go forth each day with your best bootie forward.
If you don't know what I am talking about, in 2015 a girl wrote an article bashing Chacos and basically said that in a few years people will be embarrassed that they ever wore them. The Odyssey Facebook page shared it recently, and I am heated. She bashed on their functionality as well as their price. I would like to give my opinion.
First of all, she bashes people for spending $100 on shoes. I understand that this can seem like a lot of money, but the shoes last a long time, and the company has a policy that they will fix them if they break! Plus, some people, myself included, get discounts for being camp counselors or working certain places so not everyone spends that much. She suggests giving the money to homeless people who probably need it way more. Newsflash: people spend money on things!! And if they like these shoes that may be expensive, they can buy them! Also, I would assume she has some expensive items, perhaps like her Tory rain shoes that she mentions (which cost about the same as Chacos and aren't even comfortable) so why didn't she donate her money for those things to the homeless instead?
After that, she goes on to bash people for thinking they look cute. Why? Why do you have to write a whole article telling people something they enjoy wearing is ugly? I don't care if it doesn't match my outfit, and another newsflash: some people who wear them don't always wear big shirts and running shorts or frat shirts and khakis. There's a whole range of people who enjoy them. Also, who said I wanted it to look like I love nature?
She also notes that the tan lines are a big problem for her. What do you mean?? How can you be angry at someone's tan lines? Do you also get angry at people who have watch tan lines? Bra strap tan lines? Maybe even, god forbid, farmer's tans? I feel like maybe she was stretching a little bit for content.
Lastly, she talks about their possible impracticality for hiking. Girlie, that's why people buy them! They are super durable, they can get wet, and they stay on your feet really well. That's one of the biggest attractions of the shoe. She even says that everyone will look back and regret wearing them. They are SHOES. It's not a big deal!
The fact that I do actually love Chacos and have a pair of my own is not the point of this article. The point is, the fact that you think your opinion is so superior to everyone else's, and that you need to write an article to basically shame people for shoes they like is really unnecessary. Just let people live. Let them enjoy what they want to enjoy, and wear what they want to wear! I know I personally could care less what some girl online thinks about my choices, but I would assume this judgment doesn't stop once you close your laptop.
To all reading, wear whatever you want. If you like Chacos, wear them. If you like Tory rain boots, wear them. If you hate both of those, wear what you like. Just don't shame others for what they like.