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Ask CF: How Do I Dress Cute for Class When I’m Sick?


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Hey CF!

So, allergy season has hit full-swing where I live. Every day in class there are coughs and sniffles (most of the time from me!!). What is a good way to dress cute even while you’re sick? Any tips for how I can wear makeup when my eyes are super watery all the time?

Thanks so much!

Sickly in Sweatpants

Our Response

Dear Sickly in Sweatpants,

Unfortunately, ’tis the season of sniffles, especially for those who suffer from allergies this time of year. While getting dressed and looking cute may not be high on everyone’s sick day priority list, when you’re sick all season it makes sense that you’d like a few days off from the uni hoodie-and-sweats days.

I have created three outfits below for inspiration. For each of these looks, I chose comfy casual clothes, but added in touches of on-trend elements. These ensembles prove that you can be comfy and cozy while you battle the drudgery of allergy season.

As for makeup, if your eyes are itchy and watery, I would recommend wearing little to no makeup at all. But if you do decide to put some on, stick with waterproof mascara and very little else — you don’t want the makeup irritating your eyes any more than they already are.

Here’s to feeling better and dressing cute in the meantime!



Outfit # 1

sick day look
Product Information: Bag, Sweater, Earrings, Leggings, Boots, Necklace

There’s nothing easier or comfier than a cozy sweater and a pair of leggings. To amp up the look, try a printed legging paired with an on-trend turtleneck sweater. Finish the outfit with some gold-toe boots, a bright red bag and simple gold jewelry.

Outfit # 2

sick day outfit
Product Information: Cardigan, Shirt, Earrings, Sweatpants, Backpack, Shoes

Believe it or not, sweatpants can be fashionable! For this ensemble, a pair of sweatpants paired with an oversized sweater and tee is an easy way to dress if you’re feeling under the weather. Slip into some shearling moccasins, grab your everyday backpack, and you’ll be good to go.

Outfit # 3

what to wear on a sick day
Product Information: Beanie, Dress, Cardigan, Boots, Tights

For this last look, I used a simple printed dress as the base. While some may feel like putting on a dress is too dressy, I find that dresses are perfect for lazy days because all you need is one piece and you’re done. Next, throw on an oversized knit sweater, beanie, tights and an ankle-length Chelsea boot. You’ll look so good that no one will suspect that you’re sick!

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Posted on on October 6, 2013 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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9 Responses to “Ask CF: How Do I Dress Cute for Class When I’m Sick?”

  1. 1
    October 6th, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Is it bad that I love these outfits and would wear them when I’m not sick? Haha.

  2. 2
    October 6th, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    I think these are cute and would wear them whether I was ill or not! Great choices. Easy and simple!

  3. 3
    October 6th, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    This post is perfect for me right now. Unfortunately, I’m coming down with a cold. I don’t plan on missing any class and came to this site for cute outfit ideas for tomorrow. Lo and behold, this post popped up. Thank you so much for this. It’s going to help me so much! :)

  4. 4
    October 6th, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    #2 is great. Those skinny sweatpants are actually really cool.

  5. 5
    October 6th, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    I love your outfit ideas, especially the second and third ones! So cute, especially when it is just plain cold outside, though I tend to basically always be sick once it starts getting cold! Love this post!

  6. 6
    October 6th, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    I love this post! It’s perfect for this time of the year because a ton of people are getting sick at the moment. I especially love the outfit with that gorgeous dress. It’s just perfect. :)

  7. 7
    October 6th, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    This post is perfect! Another thing I recommend is a maxi dress. They’re warm, comfy, and everyone will think you’re all dressed up. Whenever I’m not feeling that great, I just wear a maxi dress. Everyone always comments on how great I look when I honestly only wore a maxi dress because they make me feel like I’m wearing pajamas.

  8. 8
    October 7th, 2013 at 7:13 am

    I’d suggest skipping eye make up all together, I know when i don’t feel well my eyes water like crazy an even waterproof makeup irritates them, plus you don’t want to infect your eye makeup by using it when your sick and eyes are irritated. I’d stick to a cream blush on the apples of the cheeks to add a little color to a pale face and a little bit of tinted lip balm to prevent chapped lips.

  9. 9
    October 8th, 2013 at 3:20 am

    When I’m sick, I use bright red lipstick – everyone concentrates on my lips, not my watering and swollen eyes ;) Compliments included! :D

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