As an athlete, it’s so easy to lose your sense of style. When you have an early morning practice and possibly and afternoon one as well, it’s hard to find a reason to dress nice. We end up walking around in our athletic gear all day every day. If we catch an off day, the laziness sets in and it’s back to the sweatpants and t-shirts. I’m here to remind you of your personal style so you don’t fall into the athletic clothing rut.
Despite being an athlete, I am one of the biggest girly girls I know. I love to dress nice and put effort into getting ready in the morning. The best advice I can give to those of you who are like minded is to do your best to embrace your personal style when you’re not actually working out.
On days when we have morning and evening practice I shower and get ready as normal in-between. I may take a little crap from my teammates for always dressing up, but to me it’s worth it. It’s just who I am, who I’ve always been. One of the hardest things about college is not falling away from who you are. On days when practice is in the middle of the afternoon, if I have classes before, I get ready as usual. Here are a few simple tips to stay looking great no matter what.
- WATERPROOF! When I get done running my teammates always ask me how my makeup still looks just as good as when I started. The secret, waterproof! People tend to think waterproof makeup is harder to remove than regular. This is true if you use water to remove your makeup. If you’re using baby oil or makeup remover, this is not an issue at all. I remove all my makeup at night and start fresh without residue every day.
- STYLE AS NORMAL! It’s tempting to wake up and throw in a straggly ponytail or bun if you have practice later. I style my hair as I normally would in the morning, when it comes to practice time it’s easy for my ponytail to look nice. Whether I straightened, curled, or scrunched my hair that day, my ponytail goes up flawlessly. Always having your hair tied up just isn’t as fun. Let your hair down loose and enjoy the breeze.
- KEEP PRACTICE CLOTHES IN THE LOCKER ROOM. Keeping your practice clothes in the locker room will keep you from carrying a duffle around campus. It will be a higher convenience for you as you wear what you wish to class and then simply change right before practice.
- BE YOURSELF. If you’re a sweatshirt and jeans kind of girl, and that’s who you’ve always been, don’t pay attention to my advice. It probably sounds insane to you. But, for those of us girly girls that don’t want to sacrifice our girly ways for our sport, this advice can be very helpful. The most important thing you can do in college is to be yourself. Don’t be afraid to show off your personal style and take time getting ready in the morning. Have fun with your style, and you’ll know when the tennis shoes go on, and the hair goes up, it’s time to get serious.
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