Going on a college tour is probably the second most exciting thing after choosing a college. College tours are an essential step to take before deciding if you want to go to college or not.
It gives applicants first-hand knowledge about the school and all that college is about. Some colleges might allow tours for a day only, while some allow visitors to stay more than one day and even to visit and chat with some of their staff.
We know how confusing choosing what to wear can be. So we’ve done the heavy lifting for you.
Here are ten outfit ideas for college tours.
1. Tee-shirt on denim pants
This outfit offers a relaxed look, and both sexes can wear it. During a college tour, especially if the student is touring on their own without a tour guide, there’s a lot of walking to do and many places to see. So it’ll be best to wear something chilled and relaxed. You want to easily blend in with other students already on campus. This outfit should be paired with sneakers or any shoes you feel comfortable wearing.
2. A simple dress
While this suggestion is for females only, it has the same principle as the first option above. Depending on the season, a flowery or bold color dress will do just fine for a touring student—a simple dress paired with flats or boots (whichever you prefer). Hair styled neatly and tattoos or piercings well covered will make you blend in very well with the other college students. You can go about your tour, asking questions where and when necessary, without giving away signs that you are new to the environment.
3. Shirts on corduroy pants
This is another versatile option that works for several different events. A simple Tee shirt or a buttoned-down shirt on corduroy pants will make you fit in perfectly with the other students already in college. While corduroy pants might seem a bit old school, it is still in vogue now and might even draw the attention of some students to you. Even females can rock this outfit and still look appropriate for college. As always, this outfit should be paired with comfortable shoes. Any pair of shoes you have used for a while to avoid sores and blisters.
4. Denim jacket on denim pants
Despite being one of the oldest outfit combinations, denim on denim is one outfit that will never go wrong. Denim pants or skirts (for the ladies) with a simple shirt or blouse and topped with a denim jacket is, in fact, a chic look for college students. As a touring student in this outfit, you can as well attend classes, and no one would ask you questions. A denim gown or jumpsuit is also appropriate for ladies who want to try something different with denim. As always, this outfit should be paired with simple and easy-going shoes to avoid blisters that may happen due to prolonged walking.
5. A-shaped dress and coat
While touring a college with a tour guide, you might want to dress a little more than regular. Usually, this tour lasts for a day, where prospective students see important places in the college. They are taken to strategic locations in the college, shown significant offices, and introduced to the school authorities. With all these important meets and greets, it is only appropriate to take a step away from your usual casual wear to make you look more responsible and eligible for college acceptance.
6. Shirt, sweater vest on corduroy pants
This is the male version of the above option. If you are touring your prospective college in the company of a tour guide, you should add effort to your appearance. It’s also an acceptable outfit if the college has invited you for an interview. The outfit stands out for every occasion. It’s nothing too formal, yet it is not too casual, so you’re stuck somewhere in-between where people will admire your personality. This is an opportunity to show the college administration that you deserve a spot at the college, so do it well by dressing the part.
7. A simple blouse on a skirt
A simple blouse on a pencil skirt is the ideal business casual outfit for ladies on this occasion. If the purpose of your visit to the college is to be interviewed by college admission officers, then this outfit is fit for the interview. Our color suggestions are; an emerald top on a tan-colored skirt, a black waist belt, and black flats for easy and comfortable movement. Your hair should be in a neat ponytail or a nicely done bun. Keep jewelry minimal, just earrings, a wristwatch, and a hair clip if necessary.
8. Hoodie on denim pants
It is custom for some colleges to invite prospective students to the college’s audition to see what other things they can offer, aside from their classroom prowess. This outfit would be best if the visit were for an audition. It allows you to feel more relaxed and safe to give 100% to your performance, irrespective of your talent and how you intend to showcase it. It is especially suited for drama, dance, and music performances. But if your auditions aren’t for anything in these categories, you could wear an outfit that suits your performance.
9. Dress for the season
Different seasons call for different outfit choices. Your summer dress style would be different from how you would dress in spring, which would be different from how you would dress in the winter. So following the guidelines given, from options 1-7, dress accordingly but with the weather in mind. A college tour shouldn’t land you in the ER. When going alone in the summer, a simple floral, flowy dress without sleeves would be appropriate, but if you have a tour guide, try adding a blazer to give you a serious look.
Will the college tour take one day, or do you need a whole weekend? These are some items you would need with you. A notepad and pen to note notable things about the college, phone, phone charger, power bank, personal computer, or camera if you have any. If you are staying for the weekend, a small backpack containing your clothes, a lamp, bathroom essentials, body lotion, flip flops, bedsheets, blanket, and eye mask; if sleeping with the lights on is an issue for you.
A college tour is an excellent opportunity for you to see the college and all it’s about; it is also an opportunity for the college to see you and what you are about. Getting dressed for an occasion is key to how comfortable you will be during the occasion and how others will see you. If you follow our guidelines for your college tour, you are guaranteed a spot in that college and even a friend or two before college resumes appropriately. Good luck with your tour and educational pursuit
We are rooting for you.