College Style: Breaking the Rules of Fashion

By Meghan Kremp on February 1, 2013

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I believe that in college, some fashion rules do not apply. Walking to class in 5-inch stilettos, not too smart. Carrying your 1600 page physics text book in the newest Chloé bag, probably not the best idea.  However, I do believe that it is possible to still have a sense of style in school, even if you get stuck with Friday 8 AM classes.

What I really find interesting when it comes to fashion on a college campus is that the student body creates their own rules on style.  What Glamour magazine may say is a DO this month may be a definite DON’T at school.  TOMS shoes, for example, would never be promoted by any celebrity stylist, however they are a must for the spring on most college campuses. Nike running shorts, as well, are not something you see on any runway, but college women find a way to make it a staple in their wardrobe.

It’s important to note that, even though Uggs, Northface jackets, leggings, and Sperrys may not technically be described as fashionable, they are still considered “stylish” by collegiate men and women–well, maybe not Uggs. These pieces of clothing show that while comfort may take over fashion at school, it doesn’t mean you can’t be stylish at the same time.  Instead of obsessing over the amount of name brand  handbags a girlfriend has, a college woman will focus her attention on all the different color Nike shorts she has.  It is not that she is less fashionable, it just emphasizes that people will adjust what they believe style is according to their environment.

One of my favorite “styles” as a college student is the 90′s patterned Patagonia pullovers.  They remind me of the styles that my mom and dad wore when they were my age. I associate them with the quintessential college kid “style.”

Style also differs from campus to campus. Georgetown, in Washington D.C., has been described as the “preppiest” college campus across the nation.  Women are usually found wearing ballet flats, skinny jeans and a button down with a sweater along with a L.L Bean tote to carry their books.  In contrast, Bard College, located in upper New York, is considered have the most “hipster’s.” Big reading glasses, fedora’s, Vans, and graphic tee’s is the iconic style for both men and women at Bard.

Wearing these types of clothes make’s me realize that, like college, they will one day come to an end when I join the “real world,” so I plan on rocking that Patagonia pullover until they hand me my diploma.

Hello everyone! My name is Meghan and I am currently a freshman at Clemson University in South Carolina. I'm an english major who loves good books and interesting people. Feel free to contact me via email, Twitter, or Facebook!

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