Finding Balance Between an Elegant and a Comfortable College Style

Finding Balance Between an Elegant and a Comfortable College Style

College is the perfect time for every girl to experiment with different styles and develop her own-- a style that will most likely follow her throughout the rest of her life. While most girls wish to always look stylish, the endless classes, long hours in the library, and all the exam-induced stress sometimes won’t allow us to look our best. However, this doesn’t mean sweatpants and a hoodie are the way to go. With a little creativity and digging around the stores, it’s quite easy to look very elegant while being comfortable too. Here are some tips for college girls on how to find that perfect balance between elegance and comfort.

Casual denim

There isn’t a girl in the world who doesn’t have at least two pairs of jeans in her closet. The best thing when it comes to jeans is that they’re so versatile. Pairing jeans with a cute blouse, the right shoes, and a chic hand bag can provide the elegant, yet comfortable look every girl is looking for. For a casually elegant look, it’s best to choose dark denim jeans without any tears or holes. In order to pair these jeans with the right shoes, it’s important to have the right length-- meaning the cuffs shouldn’t be dragging on the ground. In order to really class-up these jeans, they should be paired with an elegant, classic silk or cashmere top. A cute feminine blouse, a pearl necklace, some heels, and a pair of jeans will provide a business casual look which can be perfect for classes.


For most, a sweater means comfort. However, a sweater doesn’t have to be an over-sized piece of clothing to be worn only when it’s very cold. The great thing about them is that they come in different shapes and sizes, so curvier girls shouldn’t get discouraged considering how much plus size fashion has to offer. As a matter of fact, a nice, thin sweater with a cute print or graphics can be a great alternative to a blouse on a chilly fall or winter day, and it can look great on anyone. A cute sweater with some animal graphics can be paired with skinny jeans, while a solid-colored sweater can look amazing with a fabulous retro skirt. The best thing about sweaters is that they’re perfect for layering. A simple white button-down shirt will look extra preppy if worn under a sweater, while the collars and cuffs are folded out over the sweater.


It’s impossible not to feel pretty and feminine while wearing a dress, so every girl should have one for every season in her closet. It can be a knit dress for winter or a light maxi dress for summer. Seeing as college time also includes going through various interviews and some business casual functions as well as some hot dates, it’s not a bad idea to have a nice sheath dress ready. A structured sheath dress paired with some Mary Jane heels, a nice long necklace, and a casual up-do can be a great option for any formal occasion. In order to look conservative, yet playful, it’s best to find a dress that hits right or slightly above the knees.


Just like sweaters, blazers are great for layering. It’s best to have at least one black, navy, or gray blazer in your closet in order to use it for any and all professional functions. This type of simple blazer can be paired with a simple black pencil skirt or a pair of black pants. A nice solid-colored blazer can also look fantastic over a sheath dress or worn over a simple white shirt paired with cute, colored pants.


Accessories might just be the key to an elegant, stylish look. It’s always possible to pair an inexpensive pair of jeans with some hot, knee-high boots and a stylish handbag. The end result can be truly amazing. Whether it’s cute shoes and boots, a fantastic handbag, colorful scarves, girly headbands, or different jewelry, the right accessories can really create a picture perfect look for every girl.

College is all about having fun and learning who we really are and fortunately, this can be done while looking both elegant and feeling amazingly comfortable.

About author:
Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She’s passionate about traveling, fashion, home décor and healthy living.  Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”

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