Back to Cool

by - August 27, 2014

Hey!! It's back to school time- not for me, I'm grown lol (not really) but I felt inspired to do a post about college fashion. In Jamaica primary and secondary schools have one thing in common: uniforms. Everyone wore them. Luckily for me, I actually attended a school -HAIL CAMPION HAIL- with one of the better uniforms on the island, thank God. Still I would be lying if I said I didn't spend a generous portion of my high school years dreaming about going to college and once and for all banishing my uniforms to the very base of my closet. In hindsight though I really should have appreciated those uniform days more.

Fast track to University ....but first let me tell you how watching TV sets you up for disappointment, I promise there is a link here lol. I was one of those girls who religiously watched the CW's 90210. If you've ever seen even a snippet, you know how absolutely fabulous that cast was! While I was well aware that Beverly Hills was a far cry from Mona- in my little head I still had very ambitious expectations for university. Perhaps even half of its grandeur wasn't too much to ask for? Was it? But lo, it was. Here I was eager to simultaneously plan my study sessions and wardrobe until..... I found I was way ahead of myself and I was once again back into another uniform regime; the "I woke up like this" and not in the Beyoncé type of way kind. Before I go off on a rant, I'll leave it at: my university years were very unstimulating, in more ways than one. 

Here's my thing I wasn't expecting the campus to look like an episode of Suits (that would be nice though wouldn't it?) but I wasn't expecting it to be so BLAH (some levels of basic-ness are indescribable). Persons attempted only twice a year to make an effort to look presentable; at the end of each semester for a graded presentation. That's not enough (for me). These are suppose to be the years that should mold you and prepare you for the working world. I remember someone getting pissed at one of my lecturer for losing marks for poor attire in a presentation. His argument was that he had the right information and was knowledgable on the subject so that should be the only thing that should affect his grade. Smh. Listen whether or not you want to admit it, we live in a superficial world where more often times than not we make character judgement based on appearance whether consciously or otherwise. Before you even get an opportunity to speak your attire starts communicating a lot about you for others.

Word to the wise: "Dress for the job you want!" or better yet, Socrates said "Be as you wish to seem." You don't have to be fashionably inclined or break the bank to look smart, so those arent real excuses. Just remember it's easier for persons to remember negative things than it is for them to recount positives so the least you can do is make your attire complement your intellect. Oh and even if you do end up sticking out like a sore thumb on campus for actually coordinating your button ups with clever loafers, the problem is not you- its all of them!

until next time,
Do Good, Dress Well

Blazer| HM
Shorts| Anne Klein
Flats| Target
Backpack| Topshop
Watch| Casio
Sunnies| ZeroUV

Photography by: Steven Smith

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  1. My daughter I am so proud of you! "you ting tun up til it buk!!!

  2. that's a super cool outfit; appropriate and still fashionable. love it