Femininity for College Girls: Personal Style

Published on 28 June 2023 at 08:17

The definition of femininity varies for each girl, but for the purposes of this blog I'm going to be talking about femininity using the following definition: Femininity refers to the way a woman carries herself, the way she dresses and does her hair, and cultivating certain characteristics, such as gentleness, and grace. As a girl in college, I know that between classes, homework, and the hundred other things we have to do daily it can be difficult to be in touch with our femininity, but it's important to develop and work on it now, so that in the future when we have jobs and a family of our own in later years we have a strong base to work from. In this post I'm going to be focusing on tips so that we can present ourselves in our way of dressing to develop our own personal feminine style. 


1.) Trends

Following and paying attention to trends is a double edged sword. I personally do look at what is currently trending, because it means that items that are popular right now will be easy to find in stores. However, I don't tend to follow trends. I will incorporate some trends into my wardrobe if I like a certain piece, but my wardrobe is not filled with trending pieces. In order to develop a feminine personal style, it's important to pay attention to what flatters you and fits your daily life, not what is trending on tik tok. 


2.) Trial and Error

Right now, we're experimenting with our style, what looks good and what doesn't, so it's ok to try different styles and pieces that we later find out we don't really reach for when we're getting dressed. If you don't like certain things in your closet, try to get rid of them to save space for  what you do want. Give it to a mom, sister, or friend that will get more use out of it than you, after all, clothes is meant to be worn. 


3.) Feminine Colors

When people think about having a feminine style, girls like Elle Woods (Legally Blonde) come to mind. Pinks and other overly feminine wardrobe choices come to mind, and while some girls might love that, it's not a style that's for everyone, especially if dresses and skirts don't fit into the work dress code. An easy way to make your wardrobe more feminine is to add some more feminine colors here and there. This could be getting a cute trench coat in a muted rose color (I have one and I love it, especially in the fall), or a periwinkle blue top, or a nail polish in a cute shade of purple. Touches of color here and there can add small touches of femininity to an outfit.


4.) Don't Show Too Much Skin

This can be especially difficult in the summer, when all we want to wear is shorts and a top. But here's the thing, showing a lot of skin can make us seem tasteless or like we're looking for attention, and neither is a good look for a feminine girl. I'm not saying that we shouldn't wear shorts, or shorter dresses and skirts, but let's not overdo it. If the dress or skirt you're wearing has a shorter hemline, wear some shorts underneath, it'll make you feel more covered. Another tip would be one that if you're wearing shorter bottoms, make sure you're more covered on top, and vice versa. It's common to see shorts and crop tops at college, but if you're trying to be more feminine you'll probably find yourself in other types of outfits. 


5.) Dresses and Skirts

I know dresses and skirts are not everyone's cup of tea, but having at least three of each in your wardrobe can make all the difference. Have a black dress, a maxi dress, and a knit dress in your wardrobe at all times, you'll be glad you do when you need a last minute dress for an event.The same goes for skirts, have a black skirt that goes with anything, a longer skirt, and a pencil skirt just in case. You never know when you'll have to wear a dress or skirt, and shopping around last minute for one isn't always the best choice, since you might end up paying more or with something you don't like at all.


6.) Jeans

There are some girls that wear only dresses and skirts, and while that might work for them, I know that some days, walking around campus in a dress or skirt feels like a feat. Jeans are a wardrobe staple for a lot of girls, and you can still be feminine while wearing them. Pretty blouses, cardigans, and sweaters in more feminine styles and colors make all the difference. 


7.) Pay Attention to You 

The most important thing is for you to be satisfied with how you look in your outfits. Something that's flattering on me or somebody else might not work for you, and that's okay. There's so many different styles, colors, cuts, and that's the beauty of it. Finding your own personal, feminine style is supposed to be fun and enjoyable, so play around and don't take yourself too seriously. 




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