Campus Fashion, Fads and Faux Pas

My Trip to Spain

Check out a short clip on my trip to Spain last summer!
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Are frat stars the new hipsters?

Don’t get me wrong… there are a lot of “hipsters” here at Lipscomb University, but you do not have to look too far to find the polar opposite style: “Preppy.” I am not going to generalize, but many of our social club members tend to lean towards the preppy or “fratty” style. Although this is not true for all, it is definitely a connotation that comes with the Greek life. According to Wikipedia, the term preppy derives from the expensive pre-college preparatory or prep schools that upper-middle-class children on the United States’s Northeastern states sometimes attend. Preppy fashion started in the 1950s as the Ivy League style of dress.Hollywood films of the 1980s, such as John Hughes Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink and The Breakfast Club, characterized high school preps of the 1980s, who are depicted as a shallow and transparent group primarily concerned with extrinsic things. The three most explicit of these extrinsic desires are often popularity within their own high school, physical appearance, and material possessions. 

WikiHow lists some clothes that are considered “preppy”:

1.Pearl necklaces and earrings are a must, as well as diamond jewelry (make sure it’s small, not fake-looking, and doesn’t look too trashy or tacky)  

                        -Most preps wear their mother’s, grandmother’s, or aunt’s old diamond and pearl jewelry, as an “old money” thing.

2.Small handbags in simple colors and patterns or large, monogrammed tote bags (L.L. Bean, and Lands’ End have good choices). Vera Bradley handbags and wallets are also very preppy but make sure to get the right pattern (in preppy colors)

3.Hair accessories such as headbands (silk/satin scarf headbands or hard headbands with ribbon bows) and grosgrain ribbons in preppy colors, prints, and patterns.

4.Ribbon belts in a variety of preppy prints, patterns, and colors or, especially for guys, black or brown leather belts.

5.Preppy girls wear ballet flats, top-siders (boat shoes), ribbon/canvas flip-flops, Rainbow sandals, and simple leather high heels and wedges in shoes.

6. Preppy guys wear classical loafers, leather moccasins, suede loafers, boat shoes (top-siders) or leather flip-flops. For formal wear, they wear leather dress shoes in black or brown.  

                  -Wearing a pair of top-siders without socks is classic preppy.

Whether you are into the “preppy” style or not, these tips will at least help you recognize what it is. I personally love this style, although I do not wear a lot of “preppy” clothes. What do you think about this style? Is there a certain stigma that goes along with this style?

Student athletes are not known for their fashion on campus

The student athletes here at Lipscomb are very talented on the court, but often times in class seem as if they never learned how to dress themselves. Now, I feel I can say this fairly because I am one myself and I know exactly how much effort is put into our appearance every day, and let me tell you, it’s not much. The funny thing is, I feel as if the guy athletes always look a little better than the girls. Maybe it’s because they don’t have to fix their hair or decide what “cute” outfit to wear to look nice, or at least fit in with the rest of the student population. I will say I have not yet to put on a pair of jeans (much less something nicer) so far this semester, and it is almost over! I am not bragging about this at all; I often times see girls on campus with perfect hair and an adorable sundress and I am always jealous! I really do wish I had the time or energy to do the same. 

Lipscomb volleyball girls dressed in their usual attire.

 I will see a girl on my team, or any other team for that matter, dressed nicely (or normal to most people) and always ask what they have going on that day. Usually the answer is that they have an interview or a date later that night, but sometimes the response is “I just decided to look like a girl today.” That is a good enough answer, I suppose. My teammate, Megan Stout, walked into class one day in a pair of jeans and her professor even asked her, “Megan, why aren’t you sporting your usual sweats and ponytail?”  Sweat pants and a sweatshirt in the winter is the most common outfit for us, while in the summer we are always wearing running shorts, T-shirts and often times a baseball cap. 

 The reason for these fashion faux pas occurring on a daily basis is rooted at our strenuous schedules. We wake up at 5:25 in the morning for weights, and of course no one is going to get ready for that. Next, we go straight to classes without time to shower. We may have a practice sometime during the middle of classes, then we go back to finish them. Finally, we top off the day with another practice and by the end of all of this, we are looking pretty rough. Of course I am not going to apologize for our sloppy style; there are some fair reasons behind it! 

The team looks a little different all dressed up for a special occasion!

 

Do you agree that the athletes dress sloppy most of the time? Are you an athlete that disagrees or even a normal student that dresses the same way?

The sun comes out at LU and so do the shorts!

The weather is heating up in Nashville, which means it is time to ditch the jeans and sweatpants and bring out the shorts! Here on the Lipscomb University Campus, many styles of shorts are worn, and they always seem to match the personality of whoever is wearing them. 

First, I will start off with a fad that has been around for years and years: jean shorts, also known as “jorts.”  These shorts come in many styles for both girls and guys. However, in my opinion, “jorts” are a major fashion faux pas on guys. Some may disagree, but I think females should be the only ones allowed to wear them. The “cut-off” style is coming back, giving off a more retro and vintage

Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen rock their cut-off, vintage shorts

look. Yet, the clean-cut jean shorts are classy and great as well. Many girls around the LU campus pair their “jorts” with a cute top and sandals, but they can also be dressed down with a T-shirt or sweatshirt. Nevertheless, jean shorts are timeless and a necessary piece to every girl’s wardrobe. Now guys, I need some convincing to be able to say the same to you! 

"Jorts" on men are NOT flattering

The second and last type of shorts I will discuss is athletic shorts. In my opinion, these are the most popular shorts worn on campus by both genders. For guys, the typical basketball shorts are the most common. For girls on the other hand, running shorts are seen the most. Now guys, you don’t have to be a basketball star to sport the look; anyone can pull them off! I see guys with all different styles sporting these shorts in all colors and brands. When it comes to the female running shorts, you can be as creative as you want! While the overall style is usually the same, these athletic shorts come in all different colors, and even patterns. Nike is the most popular, but brands such as Under Armour and Adidas make them as well. Many may think that the thirty dollar price range is too expensive for these shorts, but I will be the first to tell you that they are worth the price. They can be worn to work out in, to go run errands and to class as well. They are very comfortable and give athletic shorts a great name. 

Nike running shorts

How did running shorts get their name? They are modeled after shorts that are worn, well, to run. They are lightweight, breezy and aerodynamic. 

What are your favorite type of shorts? 

Converse are the topic of conversation at LU

Converse shoes have been around for more than 100 years and are just as popular today as they were in the past. At Lipscomb University, you will see students wearing Converse tennis shoes during every season and sporting all colors. This shoe company was founded in 1908 by Marquis Mills Converse, but it was not until 1915 that the company began to produce shoes for athletics. Converse’s claim to fame came two years later when the All-Star basketball shoe was introduced. For years, Converse were the most popular athletic shoe, but when the 70’s came around it lost many customers to Nike, Adidas and Puma. Converse found itself no longer the official shoe of the NBA, and its success quickly began to decline.

In 2001, Converse filed bankruptcy but was saved by a new team of businessmen who drove Converse from the 16th largest shoe company to No. 7 in less than two years. This, however, lead to a buyout from Nike which Converse spread worldwide. Converse shoes come in all colors and styles nowadays, but at first the only model was the black high-tops with white laces. In 1966, it began to manufacture others colors due to pressure from basketball teams. Thankfully, today the shoes come in a wide range of colors to fit anyone’s personality and style. It is amazing to me how Converse shoes have been around for so long, but have yet to go out of style. They are inexpensive, priced at anywhere from $30-50, and they last for years. 

I own only one pair, which are black and low-tops, but I have had them since high school and absolutely love them.They are

High-tops

durable, comfortable and lightweight, which is great for walking around campus. Students here at Lipscomb, girls and guys alike, sport these signature shoes all year long. I see a lot of girls wearing them with yoga pants, leggings and jeans or jean shorts. Guys, on the other hand, usually wear them with any type of shorts, jeans or even sweat pants. The great thing about Converse is that they are not as “bulky” looking as normal tennis shoes, so they look better with slightly nicer clothes but are still comfortable. Although today people do not wear these shoes to play sports, they are still very popular and I have a feeling they will always be in style. Do you think they look outdated or still in style? Vote and give your opinion!

Colored jeans are making a scene!

This year there is a fad traveling around the world, and more locally, here at Lipscomb: colored jeans. Now, when you first hear about this trend you may be skeptical just as I was, but if you give these vibrant pants a shot, you will see that they are a great snag for your closet! I saw these pants first in a fashion magazine a couple years ago and wondered if customers would ever become brave enough to flaunt them, but surely enough soon after I began to see girls and guys alike wearing colored denim. Here on the LU campus, I notice these jeans more on girls. Popular colors for the colder seasons are dark green, bright blue, red and black. However, as the weather has gotten warmer I have noticed more pastel colors and also white. Colored jeans are great because they can be worn with anything in your closet. If you want to go casual, throw on a pair with a T-shirt or sweater and a pair of sandals, boots or Converse. If you are wanting to dress a pair of these fun pants up for a night out, try pairing them with a nice top and heels and maybe add a blazer if the weather calls for one. Personally, I own only one pair of colored jeans and they are red, but I definitely will be keeping my eye out for some new ones to wear this spring. When I purchased them several months ago, I was wondering if I would ever actually wear them since they were such a strong fashion statement. Needless to say, they may very well be my favorite pants now!

Me and my own pair of colored jeans. They were on sale at Urban Outfitters for only $30.

They add flair and personality to any outfit and are just as comfortable as any pair of jeans you already own. Like I said, I have not seen many guys wearing colored jeans around campus so far, but I think they can work just as well  for them. If you are a guy and not into the bright colors, maybe try a darker color for less of a statement if you still want to add some excitement to your wardrobe. Colored denim jeans can be bought for a low price at stores such as Forever 21, Target and Urban Oufitters. I love this fashion trend and encourage everyone to try it! Lastly, a tip for new owners: Do not wash your new red jeans with the rest of your white laundry. Although my favorite color is pink, I wish my socks were still white. Oops! 

What is all the chaos with Chacos?

Just recently I featured TOMS as a campus fad at Lipscomb University. This week, another shoe is becoming popular especially as the weather gets warmer: Chaco sandals. Many may consider these shoes a faux pas, but proud wearers of them will say otherwise. “Chacos are so comfortable and the style is laid-back, which I love,” says LU freshman and shoe fanatic Allison Brown. “They bring out my inner-hippie.” These shoes are great for people who are active because they are durable and supportive for your feet. Also, they are good for hiking, mission trips and outdoor activities because they are waterproof.

Tanlines from Chacos

Basically, they have the support of  tennis shoes but much more lightweight and breezy, so they are great for hot weather. Chaco sandals come in many different styles and colors. They even make boots and tennis shoes as well, and the price ranges anywhere from about $80 to $110. However, those that are not fans of these shoes usually are not shy to admit it. “I think it looks like people are about to walk across the Saharan Desert when they wear those,” says Lipscomb student Brittany Rupple. Personally, these shoes remind me of something that my dad used to wear to the water park, but there is no changing the minds of the faithful Chaco customers. In fact, there is a name for these people: “chaconians.” According to the Chaco website, a chaconian is a person who “pounds pavement, trails, and waves. They teach, reach, and reform. They’re people who trust Chacos.” The many “chaconians” here at Lipscomb wear their sandals with pride during all seasons, but when the weather gets warmer the number drastically increases. Chacos can be worn with about any outfit, as long as it is somewhat casual. In my opinion it would be a definite fashion faux pas to wear a pair of these with a cocktail dress. Many people on campus are seen wearing them with athletic shorts and T-shirts or even jeans. Whatever your style may be, Chacos are the new fad without a doubt. You don’t have to be a nature-lover or an outdoorsman in order to pull these off; Just take a look around Lipscomb University and you will see that anyone can wear them!  

Leggings are the new pants

Who says we need to wear pants? Pants are overrated these days, especially with the new female fad, leggings. Leggings have been around for hundreds of years. They have been worn by men and women alike but more recently are considered a fashion for women. Spend a day at Lipscomb University and you will see just how popular leggings have become. They are worn year-round and come in just about every color, material and style.The most popular color I have seen on campus is classic black, yet the choices are endless when it comes to shopping for them. For example, Nike and LuLu Lemon make great leggings to work out in that come in a more spandex material versus the traditional cotton. They are comfortable and great for all-weather conditions. Many girls on campus will wear these while on a run or in the SAC with a T-shirt and tennis shoes for a cute and athletic look.

Lulu Lemon leggings

However, this style is not only seen in the gym but in class, running errands or simply    hanging out as well. Another casual way to wear leggings is with an oversized sweatshirt or sweater, scarf and boots. This style is cute and casual but also super comfortable. More girls are wearing leggings casually these days because they are close to the comfort of baggy sweatpants yet look a lot more presentable and give your body an actual shape. I know when I am in a hurry it is so easy to throw on a pair of leggings, a T-shirt and a ball cap and run to class. Although leggings can be worn in a replacement to sweatpants, they can also be dressed up for nice occasions. Many girls will wear them under dresses or skirts in the winter because they are warm and still cute.  

Pair leggings with a cute top for a nicer look

Also, some people actually wear them as pants and throw on a pair of heels, a cute top and blazer. Many think that you have to be a size zero to pull of these body-hugging bottoms, but that is far from the truth. Any girl can wear leggings as long as she chooses the right color, fit and outfit to wear them with. So next time you’re getting ready, ditch the pants and throw on a pair of leggings!

Helping others is always in style!

A new fad has made way across Nashville, Tenn., and particularly the Lipscomb campus: TOMS Shoes. Now, these shoes have been around since 2006 but really became popular over the past couple of years with all ages, genders and fashion styles. Blake Mycoskie, a young American traveler, began this movement when he visited Argentina and realized that the children there did not have any shoes. Mycoskie felt as if he needed to do something about it so he started the shoe company TOMS. The neat part about this company is that for every pair of shoes customers buy, a pair is given to a child in need. This is what Mycoskie calls his “one for one” deal. In just the first year, he was able to 

Children in need receive their first pair of TOMS

return to Argentina with 10,000 pairs of shoes made possible by TOMS customers. I asked my friend Allison why she loves her Toms and she said, “They are comfortable, easy to slip on, and you can wear them with just about any outfit year-round.” Allison owns the brown burlap, black glitter, and black ones with white writing all in the original style. There are many styles of the shoe now, but in the beginning there was just one simple style which happens to be the one I see the most around campus (typically in the 40-60 dollar price range). This style can be worn with anything from jeans or slacks, leggings, and even casual dresses. Both men and women seem to love the simple style and laid-back feel of TOMS. The new styles include wedges, boots, ballet flats and even more. There are even pictures of couples in their TOMS on their wedding day! However, not everyone is a fan of the look of the shoes. If you are one of these people, but still want to help out, there are other ways to do so! TOMS is getting bigger and expanding its market with scarves, hats and even sunglasses. As far as the sunglasses go, if you buy one pair, eyesight will be given to someone in need. This may sound crazy, but with the purchase of the sunglasses, either medical treatment, eyeglasses or sight-saving surgery will be given to someone who cannot afford it. The glasses are in about the $135 range but are great quality, and giving someone else the gift of vision is truly priceless. So just remember: whatever your fashion sense is, helping others is always in style!

Baseball freshmen get new trims

There is definitely a new faux pas on the Lipscomb campus. Two words: bad haircut. When you first reads these words, you may think that it refers to females, but I am here to tell you that is the farthest from the truth. Having a hard time imagining some big, macho guys that all have coincidently bad hair cuts? Allow me to explain. Every year, the LU baseball team does a form of “freshman initiation” where it thinks of the worst possible do’s for the new players. This year, the seniors did not take their task lightly in embarrassing the poor freshmen. According to the older players, this tradition is a part of the freshmen gaining the respect from their veteran teammates and handling it with a smile, whether it is genuine or not. They all knew it was coming, but on Monday the eight youngsters walked in the locker room to find several hair trimmers lined up, and they automatically knew what was about to happen. Nervously, they took their seats and allowed their teammates to go to work on their hair with complete freedom. While there were laughs and jokes on the older side, the freshmen

All eight freshmen with their new haircuts.

bit their tongues and toughed it out. Now, these horrid hairstyles only had to last a little over 24 hours, yet they had to be worn around school for a full day (with no hats allowed) as well as flaunted at chapel in front of the entire student body. Conveniently, the baseball team sits in the front row, allowing their hair to be on display for everyone to see.  From pictures trimmed into the backs of their heads, to mohawks, to “old man cuts,” the boys wore it all. From what I have heard from the guys, they had a good attitude about it and knew that it is simply a part of being on the team. However, they were more than excited to shave off the embarrassment the next night to avoid more head-turning and laughs from around campus. It looks this fashion faux pas is one that will never get old on the Lipscomb University baseball team! 

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