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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?

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! 

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