Campus Fashion, Fads and Faux Pas

Archive for the month “April, 2012”

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?

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