Campus Fashion, Fads and Faux Pas

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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? 

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! 

These boots are made for walkin’

To start off my blog I think it is only appropriate to begin with the latest shoe trend this season at Lipscomb University: riding boots. This Southern trend is popular because you can dress them down or dress them up. For example, many girls wear them with jeans or leggings around school for a comfortable and casual look. On the other hand, they can also be worn with skirts or dresses for a night out. Riding boots got their name because, well, that is what they are

Megan Stout, freshman at LU, sports her Target riding boots with a pair of skinny jeans.

modeled after. The typical horse riding boot turned fashionable by designers a couple years ago but recently have been a huge hit all around the South and even nationwide. The trend is great because they can be worn for a very low price or they can be made of nice leather from prestigious designers. Up and down the price scale, these boots are fashionable and timeless no matter what. Some great places to snag some inexpensive riding boots are Target, Payless, and Kohl’s, to name a few. However, if you are fortunate (or not a college student on a budget), you could check out designers such as Tory Burch or the Frye Company for some real quality leather. Whether your style is preppy or edgy, these boots come in all colors and styles to fit your personality. I strongly suggest investing in a pair because they can be worn year round, dressed up or dressed down!

My very own Steve Madden boots from DSW.


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