Category Archives: Life After College
As a 20 something fashion blogger who writes a style blog for the life after college stage better known as “when all hell brakes loose”, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to shed light on one t-shirt that may be worth buying for no other reason than the saying alone. Now normally I’m not a huge fan of t-shirts that have catchy sayings written on them; but, after hearing the recent youth unemployment statistics and having experienced it first hand I figured there was no better time to combine my fashion resources with 20 somethings looking for a job.
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I am fully aware that the post below may be somewhat controversial as not everyone feels this way… Sometimes it hits right after graduation when your lack of a job forces you to move into your new apartment (a.k.a your parents house). For others it hits a couple years post graduation when the excitement of [...]
There is something that sets freshmen apart. Not just the definition of being a novice or beginner, but something a little more obvious. The way they look!
Recall your freshmen days….
As a freshman in high school I was a slightly scrawny awkward version of myself that had recently gotten my braces off, was a sucker for tanning, and often wore my embroidered J.LO sweatsuit, you know, from back when she was in her Bennifer days. In which my life consisted of sports and watching cheesy reality shows like POPSTARS Eden’s Crush (the pre-American Idol). Anyone?? Yea I didn’t think so. Pretty sure they only lasted a year.
Then came my freshmen year in college where I’m afraid to admit that GTL (gym, tan, laundry) was my routine long before The Situation or Snooki had their 15 minutes. Even though my wardrobe pretty much consisted of sweatpants and sweatshirts there wasn’t anything that couldn’t be dressed up with a pair of giant hoop earrings…sigh! At this point iPods and Facebook were on the rise but with my lack of technology and a slightly stubborn family trait I still carried a CD player along with a giant CD case on every road trip. As for Facebook lets just say I stayed a question mark for quite sometime.
What is strange about being a freshman is you don’t realize you look like one until your not one anymore.
So did I learn anything after the second time of being a frosh?
Well, I finally learned that the cancer box wasn’t good for my skin or my 20 something wallet, that giant hoop earrings aren’t a fashion necessity or really a necessity at all, not to be so trendy that you bring up memories of J.LO sweatsuits or Eden’s Crush, and that technology happens to be kind of useful. Who would of thought?
So to avoid any future awkward days like myself. I suggest accepting your new role as recent grad (a.k.a “freshman in life”) but not looking it.
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In college it’s all fun and beer pong until you graduate! You accept your well-deserved diploma in a weird cape of a dress that more or less represents Judge Judy not the university, walk across the stage in black closed-toed heels and gladly accept the “B.S.” (bachelors of science, of course) that officially enters you into the real world. You’re excited, ambitious, and optimistic of what lies ahead but a little uncertain about the lack of a job and your new “apartment” that is mistakenly identical to your parents house.
Though you have a new perspective on your so-called adult life your not quite sure where you or your style belongs in your 20s. Adult? Sophisticated? Young? Hot? Fiance? Trendy? Wife? Comfortable? Mom? Executive Assistant? Simple? Waitress? Nurse? Teacher? Edgy? Girlfriend? Student?
Whether your 22 or 29, it’s likely you and your liver recovered from the past 4 years of partying and the Ramon Noodles, but the question is….
DID YOUR WARDROBE?
After specifically covering what not to wear in Dress for Your Profession (Part 1) it’s time we look at what to wear in Dress for Your Profession (Part 2).
To Teach or Be Taught
While professors have it a little easier than teachers it’s still important to look respectable when teaching students. Teachers have the combination of dressing modestly while looking stylish and professional. What’s best about being a teacher? No business suit! Look for classics such as cardigans, blazers, and jackets because what school isn’t absolutely freezing! Since you have the privilage of not having to look business like use this to your advantage such as.a great boot cut khaki pant, bright colors, big jewelry, scarfs, dressy tanks, and flowy skirts. These all can be tweaked to the rules of your school! Having a group of new kids every semester means not being caught wearing the same outfit multiple times!
Jennifer Garner playing a teacher in Valentine’s Day.
So we’ve all been there! The day where you find out your infamous dress code or the day when you realize the profession of your choice is not exactly known for high, middle, or any kind fashion! And instead you’re stuck dealing with a man CEO, a woman that forgot fashion along the way, or some sort of safety hazard that has actually never nor will happen. So because of this you struggle most mornings to come up with an outfit and blurt out the words every significant other hates to hear… “I have nothing to wear”!
By now if you’ve read my Profile or About Reality Chic section you know that I’m an unemployed marketing major who just happens to be an aspiring stylist/realistic fashion blogger. And if you have continued to follow me, you most certainly know not much has changed. There for a while there were stints of pity and well…to be blunt …worthlessness. Then soon followed by my many hours of mindless t.v. and of course the morning ritual of 4 consecutive “morning shows” (which I can’t say I’m completely cured of, I just love Regis and Kelly..I mean who doesn’t?)