Student Success Strategy #66: Even More Pet Peeves

Are sleep pants the new fashion on campus?

A few of my students have worn them to class, and it’s not that they didn’t have a chance to recover from the night before, when my class began at 4:30 p.m.

Creating an image that you are a serious student who also likes to have fun is very different from creating an image that you have fun and happen to attend classes.  Yet this is what happens when you come to class in inappropriate clothing.

Far from imposing a strict dress code, there are still some clothing items that should be avoided in class.


Low cut tops that expose more cleavage than you think.  You are sitting down, and usually leaning over or slumping.  The professors are standing up.

Cropped tops showing your midriff.  Especially with low-cut jeans or shorts.  While you may be fairly modest walking, sitting down and bending over can provide onlookers more skin than you realize.

Visible underwear, including straps, is not appropriate.  No matter how cute or colorful, or that it’s the style.  It’s call UNDERwear for a reason.

Short skirts.  Ladies, if you are wearing a skirt, learn to keep your legs tightly together at all times.  There are no modesty panels on student desks, and movement draws observers’ eyes.


Jeans or shorts that do not cover your underwear.  Do you want to have to think about whether they are about to fall off your hips, or do you want to pay attention to what is going on around you?  Again, it’s called UNDERwear.

Mesh tops.  Enough said?

Ball caps with brims pulled low.  In fact, it’s best if you don’t wear a cap at all, but if you do, be sure it allows your professor to make eye contact with you.

For all, remember that your professors may be your only references when you apply for a scholarship, internship, or job.  Why not make them comfortable so they can focus on you and your work, rather than the discomfort that your state of dress or undress brings?

Student Success Strategy #66:  Dress appropriately to create your best image.


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