5 Skills Every College Student Should Master Before Graduating

Before you know it, your four years in college will pass by and you’ll be wondering where the time went. I’m currently a junior in college, which means I’m halfway done—but it also means I’ll be in the real world soon! Graduating from college is both exciting and full of uncertainty. Luckily, there are five skills every college student can master that will help you in life and your future career.

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1—Time management

College is filled with endless distractions, and it’s easy to waste time on social media. Procrastination is every college student’s worst enemy when it comes to completing that long to-do list. If you’re easily distracted, turn off your phone and use a temporary website blocker to eliminate the temptation to procrastinate. Be sure to use a planner to help you stay on top of your assignments as staying organized will help you manage your time effectively.


A lot of college students hate doing group projects in class, but it’s important to learn about collaboration before you enter the workforce. Teamwork teaches you to listen to other people’s ideas, respect the opinions of others, and use persuasion to develop ideas. A company is stronger when individuals work together as a team.

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College is the best time to connect with people of different backgrounds and learn about different perspectives. Getting involved in the community helps you become a more empathetic person. Being empathetic decreases the risk of conflict in the workplace and helps employees work together; bosses who are empathetic are proven to be more successful.

4—Public speaking 

Public speaking is a lot of people’s greatest fear, but it’s a valuable skill to learn if you want to advance in your career. Whether you pitch an idea to your boss or lead a company presentation, public speaking will get you where you want to go. Most jobs require lots of interactions with people, so learning how to effectively communicate is important both in your personal and professional life. Don’t forget that your outfit also communicates who you are as a person and a professional, so don’t forget to dress appropriately and make a good impression.

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College is the best time to start networking. Go to career fairs, maintain good relationships with your professors, and be sure to create a LinkedIn account to show your accomplishments and keep in touch with your connections. Don’t forget to connect with your peers as well, especially if they are in the same industry as you. College fashionista has given me the opportunity to connect with Style Gurus around the world who have a passion for fashion; we all inspire each other, and this community gives me a taste of what the fashion industry will be like in the future.

What skills have you utilized in an internship or job? Let us know in the comments below. 

Tips on What to Wear to an Interview

The first thing your interviewer sees when you walk into the room is your clothes and the way you carry yourself. This is why finding an outfit to wear for an interview is probably the hardest thing to do. Figuring out an outfit, especially when you are trying to look professional and fashionable, can be tricky because you don’t want them to think you do not care about the job, but you also want to show them your personality through your clothes.

I decided to challenge myself and figure out a chic outfit that will help you stand out while looking very professional. This might be only one outfit, but I’ve got four tips on how to recreate your own look! Style is different for everyone, so make sure to add your own touch to your recreation.

Dark Colors

Earth colors are the way to go! Colors like maroon, navy blue, and black make an outfit look put together. Interviewers are drawn to these types of colors. Bright colors are usually a no since it might make an outfit look less professional.

Tuck It In 

This adds a style to your outfit and gives it a little twist to the regular professional outfits. However, do not overdo the slouchiness. For instance, if one of your clothing items is already big and oversize, make sure you wear something else that is tight-fitting because two oversize clothing items, can make you look a little lazy.


Accessorizing is always important, but remember to wear very minimalistic jewelry. A choker for this type of event might not be the best choice, but a long simple necklace always does the job. Heels also add an extra touch to the outfits and wearing strappy heels gives you a chic look.


Last, but definitely not least, confidence. You are beautiful and you will rock this interview. Be confident in yourself because that is the best accessory you can wear!

Which one of these was your favorite tip? Comment down below or share with us your recreation of this look on social media and do not forget to tag @Cfashionista!

How 2 Fashionistas Personalities Affect Their Street Style

What exactly is street style? Well, according to model and singer, Skye Daru, street style is an outfit one would usually wear every day or an ensemble that defines your personality. Honestly, I could not have said it better myself; that is why I decided to interview Skye Daru and our mutual friend, Shelby Muschler, to see how their different tastes and personalities affect their own style and outfits.

COLLGEFASHIONISTA: Let’s first start off with your name, age, where you go to school, and your major.

SKYE DARU: My name is Sky Daru, and I am 19 years old. I go to New York University and study computer science.

SHELBY MUSCHLER: Hi, my name is Shelby Muschler and I am 19. I currently attend DePaul University and am getting my BA in psychology with a minor in music studies.

CF: Who was your first fashion inspiration?

SD: Honestly, my mom. Even now, she is the first person I go to for fashion advice, and you can bet that she dressed me so stylishly as a child!

SM: To be completely honest, I don’t really remember my first fashion inspiration. I was really into P!nk and Avril Lavigne when I was younger, and I remember always wanting to get cut-off gloves so I could look like them!

CF: What’s one wardrobe essential you have?

SD: My classic white/green Stan Smith Adidas.

SM: One wardrobe essential I have is a long sweater. I have this long beige sweater that I usually wear with everything. It’s easy to match with and is an essential to bring everywhere because Illinois weather is always changing.

CF: What’s your go to “I have nothing to wear” outfit?

SD: I think it would be black skinny jeans, a bodysuit, and a black moto Topshop leather jacket with some sneakers.

SM: My go-to “nothing to wear” outfit typically consists of high-waisted pants (either jeans or shorts—depends on the weather) and a collared shirt that I knot in the front instead of buttoning down all the way. And of course, my sweater!

Casual, Personal Ensemble

CF: What’s the last clothing item you bought?

SD: The last thing I bought was a black crossbody romper from Artizia.

SM: The last clothing item I bought was a pair of flowy, bell-bottomed jeans from Target. They were on sale for only $8!

CE: What would you never be caught wearing?

SD: Camouflage.

SM: I’m typically very open minded when it comes to my wardrobe, but I have to admit, I would never be caught wearing something with a brand name on it like “Hollister” or “Abercrombie and Fitch.” I think it looks so tacky.

CE: What’s the main color in your wardrobe?

SD: Black!

SM: My wardrobe mostly consists of blacks and whites.  If I’m not wearing black and white, however, I tend to wear a lot of greens and blues.

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Behind the Blog—Hustle and Halcyon

This month, I sat down with Payton Sartain of Hustle & Halcyon to talk about starting her blog as well as hopes for the future. If you’ve been wanting to start a blog and don’t know how, then listen to Payton’s easy-to-follow advice.

COLLEGEFASHIONISTA: What advice would you give to someone who is hoping to start their own blog?

PAYTON SARTAIN: Start now. There’s no time like the present to begin doing exactly what you want to do. If you’re just starting out, it won’t be perfect, and you’re going to have to accept that fact and begin anyways. I remember I started my blog at 3 a.m. on a weeknight in college. I had been thinking about it for a couple of weeks (and was nervous to start, fearing it wouldn’t be flawless) and had a random burst of inspiration after reorganizing my room one night. Let me tell you, I cringe looking back at those old posts, but that’s one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself.

CF: What do you like most about your job?

PS: I like both the freedom it provides me with and the responsibility it requires. The success of my blog relies almost entirely on me, and I find that to be exhilarating.

CF: What 10 items would be in your capsule wardrobe?

PS: Lately, my top 10 pieces are my black Celine Nano Tote, white Superga platform sneakers, oversize gold-lensed Quay aviators, plain white T-shirt from DSTLD, vintage denim cut-offs, Steve Madden chunky black heeled combat boots, high-waisted black skinny jeans from & Other Stories, lacy black bodysuit from Gooseberry Intimates, my mom’s little black and gold Gucci watch from the ’90s, and, of course, my custom cowboy boots with a big Texas flag on the back and my initials on the front. Those 10 things would cover my nighttime and daytime outfits all summer long (and maybe add in my red Baywatch-inspired swimsuit for beach days).

CF: Why do you feel that it’s important to address certain issues such as slut shaming and the relations between social media and body image?

PS: I think those topics are important because one, they’re some of those topics everyone thinks about but doesn’t want to talk about (aka my favorite topics ever), and two, I’ve had personal experiences within both of these realms, whether it has been related to myself or someone I’m close to. I talk about topics that have affected me personally because I can share my own perspective in hopes that it helps someone else who is going through something similar.

CF: What is in store for the future of Hustle & Halcyon?

PS: Oh, all of the things! My plans include continuing to partner with brands that I truly love, sharing easy, healthy tips with girls looking to enjoy and nourish their bodies, and continuing to share my LA exploits via Instagram and Snapchat. In the near future, I’d like to get more involved in YouTube and in nonprofit organization creation. In the more distant future, I have high hopes to do things like writing a book and designing clothing I can’t find but want to wear.

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Top 5 Interview Tips

You’ve scoured the Internet for potential jobs, perfected your résumé and applied to more positions than you can remember. Finally, you hear back from the first company and they want you to come in for an interview! While this is great news, most likely you will be somewhat nervous and anxious. To combat your interview jitters, I have written down my favorite interview tips. You’ll be sure to nail that interview!

1—Dress to impress. When picking out your outfit, remember to keep it professional and simple. You want the focus to be on you, not your clothing. My go-to outfit consists of a blazer, a skirt or dress pants, high heels, and classic jewelry, such as pearl earrings and a watch. I also like to bring a simple purse and a portfolio to hold my papers.

2—Do your homework. Before the interview, you should review the description of the position you are applying to, in order to make sure you are certain of what the job entails. You can also write down questions you may have regarding your tasks and responsibilities. Additionally, you should become somewhat familiar with the company. Take a few minutes to explore the company website and learn what is important to them.

3—Come prepared. Even though you may have already submitted your résumé online, always bring a few copies just in case. You should also bring a sheet listing your references, and a paper and pen to write down any notes you may want to remember after the interview.

4—Early is always better. Arriving late sets the mood for the entire interview. To be on the safe side, plan to show up about 15-20 minutes early. Be sure to plan the transportation logistics so you are not scrambling the day of the interview.

5—Relax! Drink some water, take a few deep breaths, and relax. You look the part, you’ve done your research, and remember that wanted to talk to you. This is just one interview out of the dozens that you will have in your lifetime. So, before you completely have a panic attack, breathe, and think how lucky they would be to have someone like you working for them. Now go land that job!

What are your tips for nailing an interview? Let me know in the comments below! 

How to Dress to Impress

If you are a frequent reader on College Fashionista, you are probably a college student. As a college student there is one word you will hear more often than any other word. That word is internship. Internships are just the next step after being enrolled in college and is arguably, the most important step. So now that you have built and perfected your resume and have gotten that call back for an interview, how do you impress your interviewer?

Studies have shown it only takes seven seconds for an impression to already be made. In those seven seconds the first thing they will probably notice is your appearance and what you are wearing. Although breaking in the fashion industry is hard and creative jobs such as a graphic designer offer fewer restrictions, it is still important to be professional and wear something that looks thought out and planned. In the look I created, I decided to do a look that is more fun and colorful.

The pants I am wearing are appropriate because they have dress pant pockets. I chose to wear a patterned pair because they excite the look of the pants. Another great option is culottes.

A few other ways to add personality to your outfit is ruffles, bold colors or patterns. Remember to never wear anything too tight or too loose. Flowy blouses are always a classic piece to incorporate but a way to have fun with it is by choosing a button up blouse with a pattern. When finishing the outfit, it may be appropriate to throw on a blazer based on its length, fit and cut. Finally, I ended my look with shoes that are professional but provide comfort for a long day on your feet. Mules, loafers, flats and kitten heels are all great options.

Like I said, you have to not only dress to impress but also dress to prove you are organized and that you planned.

What are your favorite internship style options for a creative setting? Let us know in the comments below!


Get the Job by Doing These 5 Things

Whether you have just graduated, are looking for some part-time work, or the company you’re obsessed with is finally hiring, finding a job can be stressful. From creating résumés to buying an outfit that is professional yet chic, there are countless things to be done before even walking through the door of your potential employer’s office. No need to stress here, though! These five tips are surefire ways to go from ‘hire me’ to ‘hired.’

Step1—Buy a New Outfit

If you’re looking for an excuse to go shopping, here it is! Keep up with the latest trends by getting a solid blouse, striped pants, and cute heels—or flats if heels aren’t your thing. Top off the look with a cute résumé folder!

Step 2—Create the Perfect Résumé

The first step to creating the perfect resume is to find a pre-made template. This will make the design and layout process much simpler and a lot faster. Those templates can give you endless options but make sure you keep it simple. Use colors and patterns in a subtle way. If your potential employer does not like the design of your résumé, he or she may throw it out before even reading it. You also want to make sure all the important information is near the top, so put your experience first after contact details. Last, remember to edit, edit, and edit again!

Step 3—Simple, Elegant Makeup

Tone down the contour and eyeliner. Each person has his or her own style, so keep yours while also being simple. You want to look fresh and awake without distracting the interviewer with yellow eyeliner and black lipstick. Once you get the job, you’ll have everyday to try out the latest bold trends.

Step 4—Clean-up Social Media

Your social media accounts should always represent your personality but in a professional way. Chances are, if a grandparent wouldn’t appreciate the post, your boss might not either. So, get rid of those iffy posts, Google yourself to see what comes up, and do all that you can to make sure your future employer likes everything he or she sees about you online.

Step 5—Practice!

Typical interview questions can be found anywhere online. So, sit down over a cup of coffee with a friend and rehearse your answers.

What are your pre-interview habits? Let me know in the comments below!

Outfits That Will Survive Your 9 to 5

Every minute counts when it comes to your morning alarm, so why waste time mulling over outfits? My trick for a seamless work morning is to keep your closet stocked with classic business casual pieces. You don’t need more options and decisions taking up your time. By fine-tuning your professional wardrobe, you can mix and match to quickly and easily create an array of classy ensembles. On top of being perfect for any professional setting, these looks are also comfortable enough to carry you through a full day of sitting, walking, emailing, jumping through hoops, and being an overall boss.

Both looks in this article highlight an absolute must-have for any professional Fashionista: slacks. I know, I know. When you see slacks you probably don’t think “chic,” but trust me when I say that they are a staple you should go out and get ASAP (after you’re done reading this, of course). With a flattering slim leg, ankle-length cut, and body-hugging fit, these are not a pair of pants you borrowed from mom’s closet.

A classic button-down tucked in with a simple belt complements the fitted pants and adds dimension. Lightweight shirts are perfect for the office because they keep you comfortably covered and shield you against the A/C without being too warm.

Lastly, you can bring one of this season’s most loved trends to work with you via these incredibly versatile and chic loafer slides. I have been wearing these non-stop to work, on the weekends, and everywhere in between. You simply can’t go wrong with these. On your arm, a leather tote is big enough to lug your lunch in but still adds a clean and professional finish to the look.

This next outfit takes a printed pair of slacks and complements them with a simple cream colored camisole and bomber. It’s important to choose a bomber that is lightweight with minimal details; this distinguishes a polished bomber from the one you’d pair with ripped jeans on the weekend.

To kick up the class of this look by about one and a half inches, try a pair of nude heels that are not too high, but not too low. You need to be able to make it through the day while still reaping the benefits of a lengthened silhouette (you can always pack the loafers in your purse, just in case).

Last but not least, you want to keep your accessories, hair, and makeup minimal in most professional settings. Dress codes vary, but in my experience, the phrase “less is more” usually applies. A simple set of jewelry is my go-to, along with a classic half-up, half-down hairstyle or low bun. On my face in these photos, and at the office, is a breathable BB cream, peach tone blush, touch of bronzer, highlight, mascara, and nude gloss to finish. Barely there, but much needed to look awake and ready to take care of business.

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3 Tips on “Working It” When Dressing for Work

After waking up in the morning and getting dressed for work, sometimes your button-up white blouse, blazer and black pants just don’t cut it for a Fashionista. Walking into work in the same clothes as the person sitting next to you does not make the style statement that many want, whether sitting in the office or in line for coffee. Finding the right pieces to mix and match for work while also standing out as the “Style Guru” of the office can be hard, but here are some tips before you leave the house.

1—Find a Blazer with Detail to WOW!

Finding the right blazer can be a challenge. To avoid finding the normal black blazer that everyone wears, find one that stands out—and you will too! Look for details such as zippers, hooks, lace, and hems. Stay sleek, sophisticated and stylish in your work attire by also pairing the blazer with a matching pair of pants from the same retailer. This will look most professional when going into meetings (or even talking to your boss) when the color matches, but the fabric as well. Shop my BCBGMAXAZRIA Keanu Lace Blazer ($268) here. Other great options are the BCBCGMAXAZRIA Abel Cold-Shoulder Lace Blazer ($268) and BCBCGMAXAZRIA Derek Zip Wait Blazer ($248).

2—When in Doubt… Black and White is Sleek

Even though it may be summer time, black is ALWAYS in season. Even on warm days, wearing your black top or dress can still be a staple in the office (especially if the air conditioning is on!). No one will ever question your dress code in a simple, elegant black top and you will always be on trend. Black is my personal go-to color when I’m running on a tight schedule or need something that will be cute and easy to mix and match. Finding simple black blouses to throw on for work or to wear under a blazer are easy fixes to any outfit. Take it from me—having too many black clothes is never enough. Find some of my favorite black tops from All Saints ($112).

3—Keep It Simple—But Don’t forget the Accessories

Even with the wow-statement blazer and all-black clothing, never forget to accessorize. Every retail job that I have worked, I have always been told to accessorize with every outfit I wear. Add a simple necklace, stack of bracelets, or a belt to any outfit to create a cohesive look. This is a great time to add some personal flair or color! Find the Maison Boinet Western Haircalf Belt ($119) and H&M Rhinestone Choker ($18).

TIP: When accessorizing a flowy top, add a belt. This will accentuate your figure and your waist, creating an hourglass silhouette.

Do not forget to always adhere to the dress code of your workplace, office space, etc. These tips and pictures are meant to give advice, within reason, to all job/company limits.

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How to Dress Your Best When Your Wallet is in Distress

Summer is approaching, and you know what that means: sun, swimming, and relaxation. However, for some of us, it means interviews, jobs, and summer internships. But when you’re just finishing up the semester and realizing how much you’ve spent in the past few months, how could you look your best when your wallet is in distress?! Below are some tricks and tips on how to dress for success without spending the big bucks.

1—Top Shops for Less.

Stores like Marshalls and T.J. Maxx always have good quality clothing offered at a lower price than most department stores. Also, many recycled clothing stores have a business attire section to help you find your own style, but offered at a cheaper price. Check out My Sister’s Closet for some recycled designer apparel that’s usually half the price of the original designer. This way, your business attire is of excellent quality and guaranteed to last you for a while. 

2—A Good Blazer Can Cure All.

There is one thing every woman needs in her closet, and that’s a plain black blazer. A good enough blazer completes nearly every business casual outfit. Or in a best case scenario, it makes an outfit business casual. A nice short sleeve shirt along with some slacks are good, but a blazer completes the outfit. What was once simple and plain, now has a little spice and confidence in it. Plus, it’s cheaper to buy one blazer compared to buying numerous different outfits.

Comfy Feels Good and Looks Good

Contrary to popular belief, flats and shorter heels look better in a work environment than do taller platform heels/stilettos for a couple of reasons. One being the most obvious fact of flats and shorter heels being more comfortable than taller ones, but also they are usually cheaper than fancy or flashy shoes. More importantly, flats and shorter heels look more appropriate in a business setting, especially when you’re starting from the bottom. You want to make sure that you look approachable and conservative enough that this company will want you back or to work for them for years to come. 

Any jobs or internships for the summer you’re looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below!