Samantha, as student at Barnard in NYC, asked ANDI: 
Could you give me tips on how to look cute when I’m rushing to class? Or also when I want to be comfortable studying in the library?

ANSWER:
Dressing comfortably without looking like you just rolled out of bed is always a challenge. When you are only going to class or to study, it’s tough to resist the ease of sweatpants. My rule is just say “no” unless you’re headed to the gym!

To me, jeans or leggings are just as easy and can be as comfy, especially a pair with a lot of stretch in them, but you can still look polished. A dark denim pair like these stretchy leggings-style jeans by J.Brand are easy enough for class and have double duty for nights out too. These Current/Elliott ankle length skinny jeans are casually cute and won’t actually break your student budget.

Try a tissue thin tee or even one with a subtle print with a cotton or cashmere blend easy cardigan, like this hoody/cardigan hybrid by All Saints. It can make you feel as cozy as if you threw on your school’s hoody, but you’ll look more mature than an underclassman.

It’s really all in the accessories. You can jazz up a plain tee and jeans by adding some cute shoes and a statement piece of jewelry like this affordable collar from ModCloth or this BaubleBar bold necklace.

I also find that a cotton sweatshirt-style dress like this French Connection frock can be the most comfortable and easy item in your wardrobe. It’s sometimes easier than putting together an “outfit” and can take you from your study session to dinner with friends. In the warmer months, trade in your flip flops for chic flats or a classic kick like Converse. For fall, add opaque tights and booties and throw over a tailored blazer for an easy, put together look.

You never know who you may run into, so I always opt for being over-dressed—you may just have somewhere better to go after.

 xoLiz

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