In the midst of midterms, feeling overwhelmed is inevitable. Between huge exams, research papers, essays and enormous reading assignments, looking cute can easily become your last priority. Still, it is possible to retain some semblance of style while camping out in Bobst Library and dashing between classes. Investing in a few comfortable, versatile pieces will carry you through this stressful season.
A long cardigan in a soft, thin knit can be the next best thing to pajamas when you’re in the depths of Bobst late at night. Find one that falls to at least mid-thigh, and you can wear it over leggings without looking like the stereotypical college girl -— just be sure to avoid Uggs. Wear it with dainty ballet flats to maintain a slim, graceful silhouette and consider pinning your hair up with a big jaw clip.
A great pair of jeggings can pass for real jeans if they’re black or dark wash and have buttons, pockets and zippers like real pants. What makes them the keystone piece of lazy dressing is that they’re almost as stretchy and comfortable as yoga pants, but with a far more polished appearance. Wear them with easy flats or weather-appropriate boots and a sweet but comfortable shirt, like a peplum top in a poppy color or pattern. A scarf makes for a cozy and practical accessory.
If your dignity prevents you from wearing a wool blanket in public, a sweater dress makes for a more presentable alternative. Buy one in a thick, comfortable knit that you can sink into while you pour over textbooks for hours. If it’s a neutral color, pair it with bright tights to liven up the ensemble. If you have a minute to spare, add a headband or necklace to look even more put-together.
The great thing about menswear is that it’s a legitimate trend that encourages wearing oversized, hand-me-down clothes. Depending on its size, a men’s button-down can be worn open over a lacy camisole or vintage V-neck band shirt and jeggings. Alternately, you could try it belted at the waist and worn over leggings with boots. Cowboy boots, in particular, complement the masculinity of the big shirt.
Ariana DiValentino is a staff writer. Email her at [email protected]