What to Wear to College Visits {for Moms}

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 my future college. Within seconds of stepping onto the 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.

Fashion Over 40: Summer Outfit Ideas for Moms

Details: top via Stitch Fix // white jeans // ballet flats (the color is Blush) // bag 

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.

Fashion Over 40 Spring Outfit Ideas

Details: jean jacket (similar) // navy tank // maxi skirt via Stitch Fix

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.


Details: sweater and pants via Stitch Fix // ivory tank // gold espadrilles (similar)

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.


Details: moto jacket (similar) // merlot skinnies (similar) // animal print scarf (similar) // riding boots (similar) // satchel (similar)

Parents who have gone before me, am I on point? Feel free to let me know!

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