With classes, work and a heavy homework load, it seems that college students would not have time to think about fashion.However, you still see Troy students consciously or unconsciously following certain “fashion trends.”
On campus, style not only indicates who you are, but, also, with whom and where you spend your time. These trends can reflect culture, ethnicity, campus organizations and personal style.
Below are the most recognized and practiced trends on Troy University’s campus:
The “Sorority” Look
When you walk into class, you may notice a group of women sitting together, each wearing a similar outfit. These women may even be in the same sorority.You will be able to tell immediately because each woman is wearing an oversized, monogrammed T-shirt. In fact, most of their possessions have monograms such as Greek letters and/or their initials.
They put more energy on their face and/or hair and less thought into the outfit.Colorful Nike running shorts, also known as “norts,” are paired and mostly hidden under matching over-sized tees. To complete the “sorority” look, a pair of Chaco sandals is essential.
The “Fraternity” Look
Like sorority women, fraternity men also tend to sit in a group in class, each wearing a similar outfit. T-shirts with monogrammed Greek letters are a characteristic feature for the “fraternity” look as well.
Another staple is a polo shirt. A polo hat or visor complements a matching pair of short shorts. “Frat Cleats” or Cole Haan loafers are also very popular among fraternity brothers. This look can be finished off with a pair of sunglasses and an attached croakie.
The “I’m only dressed up because I have to be” Look
You walk into class one day, and the woman sitting next to you is in jeans and a T-shirt, no big deal. Yet, the next day she is wearing a dress and heels. Her hair and makeup are clean and fresh. This look is, literally, what it says: I do not want to dress up, but I have to dress up.
These students are usually in some type of campus organization, and/or they have a presentation due that day.Another way to spot this look is if you see a student wearing khakis and a Polo or a button-down.
The “I never dress down” Look
These students probably wake up at 5 a.m. every day to make sure their hair, makeup and outfits are perfect. They wear the newest trends and accessorize as if they are in a fashion magazine.
Aim to sit close to them in class because they always have the freshest perfume/cologne. Within Troy University’s diverse population, many of the international students sport this look.
The “I just got out of bed” Look
Pajamas and messy hair along with whatever shoes and T-shirts these students can find make up this look. They walk into class about 10 minutes late, and then fall asleep until the professor dismisses the class.They do not want to be in class, but hey, at least they made it.
Other than (hopefully) brushing their teeth, no effort is put into looking presentable.
The “I am an athlete” Look
College athletes are constantly training or working out before, after or between classes. These students always have gym shorts and some sort of athletic T-shirt by or sponsored by Nike, Under Armour or Adidas.
Female athletes hold their hair up with a headband, while male athletes wear a flat-bill Troy hat. Another common, and noticeable, fashion trend for athletes is wearing tall socks and tennis shoes.
Unfortunately, this otherwise neat look sometimes tends to be ruined with a socks-and-sandals combination.
The “Gangsta” Look
These students are masters at the art of matching clothing. A colorful tall tee matches a fancy, colorful sneaker, tall socks and flat-bill hat. Men usually wear saggy pants that show their boxers, which also match the rest of their ensembles. The Beats by Dr. Dre headphones are also used to further accent this apparel.
All in all, this is a rather cool look requiring minimum effort.