By Erika Lopez
I like to follow a motto of “looking your best when you’re feeling your worst.” Meaning that if I look put together and well-rested, I’m likely drowning in half-written papers and running on four hours of sleep. Especially during stressful periods of the year, like finals, it can be refreshing to see someone who looks like their life isn’t crumbling into a million pieces, even if it is. I get inspired when I see others who manage to still maintain some level of normalcy. You’re not wearing sweats and your high school T-shirt to class!? Wow, you must have your life (slightly) together .
So this finals period don’t let the stress bring you down. Avoid questions like, “Are you okay?” and comments like “You could use a nap” altogether with these tips:
Tip #1: Joggers over sweatpants
It is totally okay to want comfort when you know you’ll be sitting in a rigid chair for three hours at the top of science hill. Ditch the sweatpants though! Joggers are just as comfortable as sweats (I promise) and because they’re fitted, they make you look less disheveled and give your body shape.
Tip #2: Cropped Hoodies/Sweatshirts
Everyone knows that hoodies and sweatshirts are the most comfortable tops for studying, but like sweatpants these items can give off a slouchy look. I recommend wearing cropped hoodies, which give the illusion that you’re actually trying. Cropped hoodies and sweatshirts can be paired with high waisted pants or skirts, and are great for layering in the winter. That being said, there is often an extreme disparity between the outside temperature in the winter and the inside temperature of a library. So when you discover that you misread the due date of your final paper cropped hoodies and sweatshirts will prevent you from profusely sweating in Bass.
Tip #3: Bejeweled isn’t just a game
Statement necklaces and/or earrings can transform an outfit and give off the illusion that you spent more time getting ready than you actually did. Jewelry doesn’t even need to be expensive. Some of my favorite pieces are from stores like Forever 21 where you can get serious bang for your buck.
Tip #4: Hats are huge
You’ve overslept and have twenty minutes to get ready before your Spanish oral presentation! There’s definitely no time to wash your hair, so why not hide it with a hat? Baseball caps have been very trendy this past year, so take advantage. If it’s really cold, even more of an excuse to try out a beanie. Channel your inner Brooklyn hipster.
Tip # 5: It’s okay to be shady
I am a huge fan of wearing sunglasses during finals season. It’s a great way to hide your under-eye circles and to avoid making eye contact with social people who have somehow managed to finish their work early. I may or may not sit in the back of Commons with my sunglasses on doing work. It’s finals season, do what you need to do.