By Jessica Foreman
Nike shorts are everywhere. We get it. That fashion faux pas has been around for years and everyone has made their comment. Sperrys, V-necks and leggings under Nike shorts can even be dismissed as a part of Baylor fashion that has not run its trend out just yet. But can the XXL T-shirts, side pony tails and cankle-covering socks have their time in the limelight critique?
Within the past few weeks, campus has gained momentum with this curious trend. The tall socks, reaching about mid-calf, take the “I don’t care look” to a new level of cool with a ’70s twist. The side ponytail is a bold accomplice.
At least David Yurman and Burberry scarves look good with everything.
Baylor fashion stereotypes are prevalent to anyone walking around campus for a day. The number of people that adopt a particular fashion is noticeable, and happens in a short amount of time. College attire is a style that takes over any undergraduate’s wardrobe. Think sweatpants, university tees, all-nighters.
But Baylor fashion is even more distinct than that. Nowadays, it seems like the only original fashion attire can be found in Common Grounds.
At least the recent visor trend among Baylor’s male population visually communicates chic. There is nothing wrong with filtering out those bright business school fluorescents throughout the day. Imagine the headaches avoided. Better yet, stick with the all-day-with-my-Ray look and just go for sunglasses indoors. Ray-Ban is classic; Wayfarers are Diadeloso. Put them together and it just makes sense that the blend would be a successful look.
REI also has prominent advertising around Baylor’s campus, as students are fashioned in North Face, Columbia and camping backpacks that allow anyone to take on classroom culture fully prepared.
Good advice to follow on Easter holiday would be to check out the new pastel line of PFG (Performance Fishing Gear) shirts, however the look is appropriate for any other regular school day. Make sure to pick up khakis to complete the ensemble.
If a store visit to a local sporting goods department is in the near future to pick up the necessities listed above, UGG boots should be in stock as well. It is beginning to be that time of the year where boots and shorts harmonize to make the perfect comfortable temperature. However, November weather is unpredictable. Is it time to put the Tory Burch ballet flats away, or are they an all-year-long kind of thing like fleece vests inappropriately seem to be?
At least one thing is for certain, and that is how easily students can be identified these days. Thank goodness for the personalization of Jon Hart.
But even more important, thank goodness for a campus full of humanitarians.
The One for One campaign has children all over the world fashioned in TOMS shoes because of Baylor students. The numbers are in the thousands. If only Sperry’s could launch a philanthropy.
As a campus, students have almost completely ditched the Nike shorts and leggings look and just kept the leggings. Arguably, this is a better look. So what if the leggings leave less to the imagination?
It just makes sense to not wear pants if it has become unnecessary; think of the comfort.
Baylor fashion is a stereotype that exists because it is an irrefutable campus characteristic, as proved by a walk through Fountain Mall. There is much diversity embraced throughout campus, no doubt about that; however, trends are inescapably loud.
Individuality is expressed in dress. Appearance is a communication tool, telling much about background, personality, formality and mood. The first impression is always visual, and appearance does matter, especially during the transition from college to the business world.
The high socks can be a positive reminder of how individuality is wonderful when embraced. If all else fails, let the person next to you know how their Nike shorts compliment their hair, eyes, T-shirt, Vera Bradley handbag. Compliments are always in fashion.