Suppress The Slut

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Coco Chanel once said, “A girl must be two things: classy and fabulous”.

During the Thanksgiving holiday, Chanel’s words are more relevant than at any other time of the year. This is the one holiday where your family and friends mix in the weirdest ways possible.

Watch out or your high school crush might be sitting right next to your super-conservative great aunt who can’t believe you haven’t had children yet. The real question here is: how are you supposed to style your way through these awkard situations?

Growing out of those teenage years means that it’s time to cover up the cleavage and show that you are a maturing adult. Still, it doesn’t mean you have to be all buttoned up and boring. There’s a happy medium in there somewhere. The key is to suppress the slut.

1. Sky-high heels? 

Let’s leave those at school for the long weekend. Instead, opt for a shorter heel so you can keep that bounce in your step, without making your family think you picked up a night shift as a stripper this semester.

2. Scarves, Scarves, Scarves.

Easily the best accessory ever, they’re super stylish, classy, and keep you warm in these frigid late fall temperatures. What makes them even better? You can always carry one in your purse if you need an emergency cover-up.

3. Classy at any length.

Being in college is like a fashion free-for-all; the fingertip rule no longer applies. This means that most girls are probably guilty of garment bags full of dresses that fall well above the knee. But there’s no reason why those garment bags should remain zipped this weekend. A shorter skirt or dress can not only be cute but works no matter who you’re seeing – just put on a pair of tights and no one will complain.  Remember to stick to an A-line hem. Just because guys at school like big butts doesn’t mean your cousins at Thanksgiving dinner want to see it.

4. Sweaters are your friend. 

Grandpa sweaters are a personal favorite. Nothing says homey, hip, and mature more than a pair of elbow patches. A nice fitted blouse, jeans, and boots underneath and you’ve got a well-put together look. It’s reminiscent of a Weasley sweater without the itchy wool and baggy fitting.

 5. Bring Your School Pride Home. 

This is your time to go home and tell everyone how awesome your school is. Thanksgiving is the quintessential time when your high school friends try to one-up each other in showing how fascinating their lives are at that quirky liberal arts college they go to. There’s no shame in it, and you should join in. It’s a perfect casual look for Black Friday shopping.

This Thanksgiving, dress well and eat well. You’ll be remembered as that classy and stylish daughter/granddaughter/niece/cousin/girl next door with the awesome closet.

Image: Les Blanches Exotiques

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