When it comes to attending an HBCU, such as Howard, you can’t wear just anything to class. On most days, you have to walk onto the courtyard dressed to impress. One bad outfit or wardrobe malfunction can lead to you being the laughing stock in group chats all around campus. So make sure your shoes are clean, your clothes are ironed, and your Telfar’s polished because there will always be someone ready to clock you about your outfit.
Consider The Weather
My first fashion failure occurred on the first day of school. At Howard, there is a tradition of putting on your best outfit for the first day of classes. I had eagerly picked out my first day of school outfit two weeks prior. Unfortunately, there was one huge factor that I failed to consider when I chose my outfit: the weather. The first day of classes was on one of the hottest days of August, so when I walked outside in a thick cardigan, slacks, and a pair of leather boots, I knew that I had messed up. Not only did I sweat through the armpit area of my cardigan, but people on campus were staring at me all day like I was crazy (because I was wearing a cardigan and dripping sweat in 80-degree weather).
Consider Your Environment
Skinny jeans are not meant for every occasion, especially not if you plan on busting a move at a party. I learned this the hard way when I threw on a pair of pants (that may have been a few sizes too small) to go to a party with some friends. When Nicki Minaj’s verse from “Monster” by Kanye West (arguably the best verse on the song) came on, I had no choice but to dance. It wasn’t until I felt the wind sweep across my upper thigh that I realized that the back of my jeans had completely ripped. After running back to my dorm room to change into something more comfortable, I vowed to never wear a pair of skinny jeans to a party ever again.
Even though it’s fun at times to dress up and look good, keep in mind that a fashion disaster could always be right around the corner.
By Amaar Zarrieff, Freshman, Howard University