Finals week is one of the most stressful periods in a collegiette’s life, and it’s finally upon us. The prospect of studying in the library for hours can leave you with the urge to give in to fashion faux pas and slum it to your study sesh in a sweat suit. However, just because you’re stressed doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your sense of style! Read on for some stylish outfit options that we promise are just as comfortable as your favorite grungy sweatshirt-and-sweatpants combo.
1. Chic in Soft Pants
Soft pants are an effortless way to stay chic and comfortable. Stylist Katie Quinn says, “These are great pants because they’re almost like sweats but in a silk or rayon material.” The material makes the pants look a lot more fashionable and makes you look more put together than if you threw on a pair of sweatpants. The loose fit of soft pants means they’re perfect to lounge or study in.
Soft pants can be paired with anything from a loose tank to a fitted tee. This Printed Soft Pant from Piperlime ($59) could be paired with this Forever 21 Knit Crossback Tee ($12.80) or this ASOS Tank ($9.53). Throw on flats, such as these burgundy Wanted Persuade flats ($39.99), and you’ll be the best-dressed student in the library.
2. Marvelous in a Maxi
Maxi dresses are always a great go-to outfit when you’re trying to be stylish and cozy at the same time. They make for an effortless look because your entire outfit is only one piece of clothing! Quinn says maxi dresses are “really comfortable, really easy, and you immediately end up looking more chic than sweats or yoga pants.” Throw an oversized cardigan on top of the dress and add a pair of springy sandals or flats and you’ll forget all about your old, sloppy sweatshirt.
This maxi dress from H&M ($17.95) in pink is made from jersey, which means it’s super soft and comfy. With this ASOS Boyfriend Cardigan in Cream ($66.69), you’ll be cozy enough to curl up in your favorite study nook and read for hours.
3. No, Really, They’re Leggings
We college girls love our yoga pants for good reason – they’re so comfy and easy to throw on, but they’re not the chicest wardrobe choice. Your typical black yoga pants aren’t going to cut it anymore. If you’re a diehard leggings fan, try them out in a print instead. A print such as snakeskin will give you a more of a polished look than your usual solid black leggings, and with a long enough shirt, you might have people mistaking them for pants.
These Beige Snakeskin Skinny Pants ($33.99) are made of a lightweight cotton, making them easy to throw on. When you pair these pants with a simple black T-shirt, like this one from Charlotte Russe ($8.99), and this Faux Gemstone Bib Necklace from Forever 21 ($9.80), you might decide to save your yoga pants for actual yoga.
4. Rock a Jumpsuit
A pretty jumpsuit is a great, easy alternative to a sweat suit. “With spring here they’re much easier to find,” Quinn says. “They can look a little dressy, but they’re really comfortable and really easy since they’re one piece.”
If you’re going for a casual library outfit, stay away from silkier jumpsuits. A jersey jumpsuit has a lot more movement and will leave you feeling way more comfortable.
5. Impress in an Embellished Sweatshirt
For those of you who just can’t study without a cozy sweatshirt, an embellished sweatshirt is the solution for you. These luxe options are basically dressed-up sweatshirts, but the detailing and embellishments make you look way trendier.
This Forever 21 Crocheted French Terry Sweatshirt ($19.80) paired with a comfy pair of jeans, like Forever 21’s Casual Friday Skinny Jeans ($32.80), and Gap’s Printed Espadrille Slip-Ons ($23.99) makes for the perfect relaxed, glam look.
The next time you’re tempted to just throw on a pair of gray sweatpants and call it a day, think again! These five outfit options are easy and effortless and will make you the most stylish girl in the library. And who knows, maybe dressing for success will give you some extra luck on that big exam– not that you’ll need it!