It seems like it was just last week when I stepped out of an airplane into a cool New England summer morning and drove with my parents to visit the Gordon College campus in Wenham, Massachsuetts. Within seconds of stepping onto campus, I passionately declared to my mother, “I have to go to college here!” I was 17 years old.
Now I’m 43, and I’m the one getting ready to take my son to visit college campuses. Life sure has a way of coming full circle, doesn’t it?
Jen over at Making Our Life Matter is in the same boat, and she asked me to write a post about what to wear as a mom on a college visit.
My goal will be to look casual and comfortable, but not sloppy. I want to be sure to look more like a mom than a college student. There’s a fine line between looking hip and embarrassing your kid, ya know??
Unless there is a formal interview scheduled, the kids will be wearing jeans and t-shirts or sweatshirts so there’s no need to dress in business attire.
For summertime visits, white jeans with a cute top and flats like I’ve shown above would be perfect. Or a casual skirt or dress could also work. I would just steer clear of shorts.
For fall visits, a lightweight sweater with dark jeans or cargo skinnies and ballet flats would be nice.
College campus visits require a ton of walking, so comfortable shoes are a necessity.
Everything I’ve read says the key is to be comfortable and to check the weather if you’re traveling to a different part of the country. I’d always rather be over dressed than under dressed, so if in doubt, feel free to throw on a blazer with your dark jeans or trousers, but don’t go all gussied up in business attire because you will probably look out of place.
Parents who have gone before me, am I on point? Feel free to let me know!
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