Dress for Success Part 2: College “Gal” Edition


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Like most students in college, there is a chance that you will need a part time job, internship, or that big job after you graduate. For those of you that have never had a job before it may be hard to really decide how to present yourself in a professional and presentable manner. In this second blog post MyU College Threads is here to show the ladies how to dress accordingly when going to a job interview (We’ve also added some cheaper options with pictures in case you’re interested!) .

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Women:

Top –
Any top that is professional looking and not too outrageous is great for a job interview. Women have a lot more options when it comes to picking a top so that is a good thing. The standard blouse is a go to but a nice button up will also be suitable as well. The key to picking the right top is to make sure it blends with the rest of the outfit and doesn’t take the attention off of the person (YOU!). Modesty is important so keep that in mind! Be sure to not wear anything strapless or with spaghetti straps.

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Metaphor Women’s Blouse

Pants/Skirt –
The general consensus is that pants or pant suits are the way to go for an interview. Dresses and skirts are sometimes okay but the solid choice is pants. For the pants you should go with a gray, black, navy blue, something that is neutral and darker. It’s important to match with the rest of your outfit, especially if you decide to wear a jacket over your top. If you do decide to wear a skirt, make sure it’s not a short skirt or something that fits extremely tight as that seems unprofessional to some career paths.

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Old Navy Mid-Rise Slim Fare Trousers

Shoes-
High heels that aren’t necessarily too high and pumps with a closed toe are perfect for a job interview. You’re going to want to avoid sneakers or any heels that are super high or “chunky”. Flats may also be a viable option but we recommend the heels look, as it looks professional for the interview.

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As with the men, a jacket is optional. It does give a nice presentable look and can also complete the outfit you are wearing but it is not necessary. If you do decide to go with the jacket option just make sure it blends in well and fits with the shirt/pants/skirt that you are wearing. You don’t want to look like a rainbow of color when you go into the interview.

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Accessories-
Accessories are key to any woman’s wardrobe but going to an interview it’s important that you know what is acceptable and what is not. In the realm of jewelry you are going to want to avoid anything that attracts unwanted attention or noise. Leave that huge gaudy club necklace at home and settle for something sophisticated. Piercings are okay but they should only be in the ears and once again not be too distracting. Make up is a plus as long as it’s not too overdone and your nails should be manicured with a neutral color.

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Well that’s part two of the Dress for Success blog! We hope that we helped you ladies out with some of our style tips. Remember to always do some research before going into an interview to make sure that you know how the company environment is and that you are dressed appropriately for it. These aren’t words or styles to live by but simply just some suggestions! Good luck out there!


Dress for Success Part 1: College “Guy” Edition


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Dress For Success Part 1: College “Guy” Edition

Like most students in college, there is a chance that you will need a part time job, internship, or that big job after you graduate. For those of you that have never had a job before it may be hard to really decide how to present yourself in a professional and presentable manner. In this first blog post MyU College Threads is here to show the fellas how to dress accordingly when going to a job interview. (We’ve also added some cheaper options with pictures in case you’re interested!)

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Men:

Pants-

Generally you should go for a darker or neutral color pair of slacks when it comes to an interview. Something too bright is going to attract unwanted attention and may make you look unprofessional. Dark greys, blacks, and blues are what we would recommend but a nice pair of khakis or lighter grey slacks can work depending on the situation.

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Shirts are also something that you want to keep neutral for the most part when you go into an interview. Try to pick something that will blend in well with your pants but isn’t going to be an eyesore to look at during the interview process. You also want to make sure the shirt is pressed and long sleeved (unless the work environment calls for otherwise). Make sure the shirt isn’t too tight or too loose so you can present yourself in the best possible way.

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Shoes-

Your shoes are the final product of the outfit. Depending on the job, your shoe style will change but the go to choice is a nice pair of black dress shoes. If you have dress shoes that are in a different color, make sure that they go along with the outfit that you are wearing. Color coordination is key in most situations. There are also dress boots that can be worn that also look great when going to job interviews. Just make sure that your shoes are polished, not scuffed, and look presentable.

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Forever 21 Men’s Dress Shoes

Ties-

Ties are not necessary when going to a job interview always but they do leave a nice impression. When deciding on a tie you want to make sure that the style, designs, and colors go with the pants and shirt that you are wearing. You don’t want to wear a pink and orange tie if you are wearing a light blue shirt and black pants. It’s too many colors and doesn’t really blend together. A skinny tie is a great look outside of the job interview but for this first meeting you should look for something neutral and regular sized. The type of knot doesn’t matter (we recommend a Windsor) but make sure it’s not out of the ordinary or something that makes you look sloppy.

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The question of the suit jacket is something to consider. Depending on the situation, type of environment and if you have access to a suit jacket, it’s not a bad choice. The problem is that you have to blend the suit jacket in with the rest of the outfit or it will not work. If you’re wearing grey pants with black pinstripes and decide to wear a navy blue suit jacket, it’s just not going to work. It’s important to consider if you will be overdressing for the interview by wearing a suit jacket. If you feel like it’s the right environment, have the right fit, and it goes along with your outfit then it may be a necessity to have.

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Kohl’s Croft and Barrel Sports Coat

Accessories-

You’re definitely going to have to lose any piercings that you may have before you go into the job interview. You want to look as professional as possible and piercings do not give that impression to MOST employers (of course there are exceptions). You should also be sure to hide any tattoos that you have upon the first meeting. A nice watch and maybe a ring should be the only accessories that you wear while going into a job interview.

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Well that’s part one of the Dress for Success blog! We hope that we helped you guys out with some of our style tips. Remember to always do some research before going into an interview to make sure that you know how the company environment is and that you are dressed appropriately for it. These aren’t words or styles to live by but simply just some suggestions! Good luck out there and be sure to check out our blog next week for the College “Gal” edition!


Halloween Costumes for the College Budget


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With Halloween less than two weeks away, time is running out to get your “night changing” Halloween costume. If you’re like most college students, money can get a little tight so here’s some cheaper ideas that could set you in the right direction!

1. The “Men In Black”

If you happen to have a black suit and tie then you’re in luck. All you really need to do is throw on a pair of black shades and you’re set. For an extra ounce of flavor to the costume you can add on a Nerf gun or Super Soaker to look even more unique. The best part is that this costume is gender neutral and you’ll look super classy.

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2. The “Ghostbuster”

For this costume you’ll need your back pack, the hose from a vacuum, a khaki shirt, and khaki pants. The clothing items can be easily retrieved from a local goodwill if you don’t own them yourself and are easy to throw together. You can add your own flair to the costume with accessories such as goggles, glasses, and/or gloves. Gather up some friends and make the whole team!

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3. The “Gym Rat”
This is a very good, unique costume idea that won’t take much effort at all. To become the “gym rat” you’ll only need a pair of mouse ears, a headband, a tail of some sorts (which could really be anything to get your point across), and then your own pair of workout clothes. It’s a simple and great costume idea to stand out from the rest. For an extra touch add some whiskers and nose!

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4. The “EDM DJ”
This is another simple idea that can be done using minimal items. You’ll only need a V-neck or tank top, big framed sunglasses, jeans, and a pair of headphones (think Beats style). Style your hair over the top and you have the perfect costume to look like your about to drop the next big hit at Ultra.

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5. The “Anything that you want to tell people you are”
This may be the easiest item on the list to pull off and it gives you full control of your creativity. Some people just really don’t have much money to put into buying a full costume themselves so what better way to accomplish a cool one than just putting a bunch of things together to make it work! Over this semester I’m sure you have all received random things that can be thrown together to create a unique outfit. You can either go for a direct look idea or just simply tell people you’re “whatever you want me to be”. I see it as the artistic approach to making a Halloween costume.

Do you have any cheap costume ideas to share? Let us know below!

Hope you enjoyed the list! Halloween is one of our favorite holidays and a great time to get out there and have fun. Let your fashion senses fly and remember to stay safe!

Happy Halloween!

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Get Your College Game Day Fashion On!


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With college football now in full swing, we here at My College Threads want to make sure you are looking your best in preparation for the big game. Having school spirit, being comfortable, and most of all looking great is important for any college game day occasion. We have scoped out some of the latest trends on college campuses in order to set you on the right direction of what to wear when it comes to college game day.

Sundresses: These are a great fashion must have for any college game day collection. They come in various colors and can be paired with pretty much anything. It’s a go to because it’s comfortable and easily accessible to anybody. A spot to find these is Twelve Saturdays.

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School themed products: Nothing says school spirit like representing your school’s name and mascot on your apparel. It’s one of the most recognized fashion trends when it comes to game day and you can never go wrong with it. The best part is that major fashion stores have started to create college themed clothing for their brand. American Eagle, PINK, and of course My College Threads are just some examples of where you can pick up some of the coolest college game day apparel.

Polos: For both guys and girls alike, polo’s are another college game day staple. They are simple, come in various colors, and can be very light and comfortable if chosen properly. The Nike Dri-Fit polo collection is a great example of this. UnderArmour also specializes in a light feeling, durable version of the classic polo. It makes cheering for your favorite team that much more comfortable.

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Button up shirts: Another great game day fashion idea for the guys is the classic button up shirt. This is particularly a staple for the fraternity crowd but can be used by all. Finding the right one that is not only comfortable but represents your school colors is a great option for college game day. Ralph Lauren Polo is our recommended choice of where to purchase the perfect college game day button up because of their comfort and color options!

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Accessories: Something that sometimes gets overlooked but is great for game day would be the accessories. Finding jewelry that relates to your school is a great first place to start. Hats and sunglasses are also a great place to look at. “Dad hats” are really in this year and come in various colors with your chosen teams on them and would make for the perfect final touch to your college game day outfit. Lids has a great selection of these products!

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Here are some websites for a few more ideas:
http://www.collegefashion.net/inspiration/game-day-fashion-4-cute-outfits-ideas-for-football-season/
https://www.pinterest.com/explore/game-day-outfits/
http://theglitterguide.com/2015/10/08/game-day-outfit-ideas/

Remember the most important part of college game day fashion is to be comfortable and to represent your school in the best way you can!
So tell us….what’s your favorite game day fashion?


Tail Gating 101


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Ah, tailgating. Another college past time that comes along with the college football season. It’s a long time honored tradition and perfect way to get hyped up for the game. Massive amounts of food will be consumed, games will be played, parties will be had, and new friends will most likely be made. Tailgating can be one of the best highlights of your college experience but you want to make sure to do it right!
In order to ensure you master the tailgating experience, I’ve come up with some do’s and don’ts to ensure you become the TAIL GATE PRO.

Do’s:
1. Become a Grill Master. Grilling is a super important part of tailgating so it’s also super important that you learn how to master it. Nobody wants burnt hot dogs, burgers, or steaks. You must perfect the skill of the grill to ensure that your friends, guests, and party stays happy. Apron and chef hat sold separately.

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2. Excel at Corn Hole. Tossing a bean bag into a hole on a wooden pallet might sound like its easy work but you’d be mistaken. If you want to take your tailgating mastery up a level and impress everyone, it’s important that you conquer this game. Practice makes perfect when it comes to corn hole. Overthrow and you’ll miss the target. Under throw and you won’t even make it to the wood. The key to excelling is focus, practice, and that determination to win. You got this champ!

3. Picking the right playlist. An important part of any party (specifically tailgating in this situation) is picking the right playlist for the mood. It’s a time to get excited and hyped up for the game so you want to make sure your music matches the mood. I recommend EDM, Hip-hop, and maybe some throwback tracks to amp up the mood for the game. Anything that people can resonate with and dance to will also make the mood more excitable. You can even throw in your school’s song just to get everybody in game mode. Just make sure to leave your Celine Dion album at home.

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4. Be a good Fanatic. Nobody likes a sore loser. You want to go to the tailgate decked out in your full gear but also be respectful to those other fans around you. It’s a rare occasion at your school’s tailgate that other teams fans will be around you but if they are it’s important to respect them. It’s also important that you represent your team in the best way possible. After all you guys are the best right? Cheer them on and act like it!

Don’ts:
1. Get there late. Tailgating is supposed to be fun and exciting so why miss out on the event by being late? It’s also important to arrive there early because spots get taken and you’ll be stuck wandering around trying to find a place to set up your tailgate. If all else fails and you have a prior engagement, ask a fellow friend who will be joining you to set up shop. Friends don’t let friends tailgate late.

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2. Leave your area a mess. Trash is bound to pile up during a tailgate, especially if there’s a lot of people. If it’s going to be a hard task to pick up after yourself after or while the tailgate goes along you should designate a person to clean up afterwards. The harshest thing you can do is leave a big pile of trash where you tailgated for somebody else to clean up or to dirty your school grounds. Respect the tailgate area like you respect the team!

3. Overdo the tailgating experience. Whether it be food, alcohol, dancing, or just having a bit too much fun at the tailgating experience it’s important not to overdo it. Chances are you have about a two hour game (or more) ahead of you so you don’t want to overexert yourself before the game starts. Pace out your tailgating experience so you can see your team pick up the victory!

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Remember the most important part of mastering the tailgating experience is to go out there, have fun, and most importantly be safe!

Happy Tailgating Everybody!