Saturday, October 19, 2013

Why do we wear the things we wear?

Sometimes, and by sometimes, I mean all the time, I end up thinking way too much about something for no reason other than the fact that I like to think (especially when I'm supposed to be studying for my Chemistry test on Monday. Ha. Haha.) And now, the word vomit.

    In college, it's like I'm a different world. I anticipated the scenery to be different: a different landscape- being in the middle of nowhere and seeing trees for miles-, different wildlife- the squirrels here have the bushiest tails ever!-, different people... but not this different. Oh no. This isn't just different faces but some other-worldy shit. Like seriously. To put it in a nutshell, I deem Colgate as "The Prepster's Paradise."
    Yeah, I said it. My friend Cindy from Connecticut is all like, "I think you're exaggerating how preppy people dress. It's seriously not that weird." But I guess I never realized how used to hoodies, skinny jeans, vans, and logo t-shirts people get from PacSun or something  until I came to this place where these articles of clothing have been basically driven to extinction. I mean, sure, in every place, not every single person dresses exactly the same. That's crazy. But these trends address the 80% that do.

What people typically wore in high school:

  • Hoodies
  • Skinny Jeans
  • Converse or vans or Nikes or something (Typically, really shitty-looking and beat-up)
  • Brands: Target, PacSun, Aeropostale, American Eagle, Victoria's Secret (You know, sweatshirts with PINK that were like blue or something... I totally had one), Hollister, Forever21 

And all this stuff became normal to my eyes. The "Normal Look." Like, I'd look at guy wearing a hoodie, jeans, and shitty-ass shoes and be like, "Yeah. He looks normal."

And then, everything changed when the Sperrys attacked. 

For those of you who don't know what Sperrys are... bless your lucky souls. (Just kidding. They're not that ugly. Like, if crocs were the bottom of the ugly scale, like, as ugly as you'd get, and sexy heels were at the top, they'd be 1/5 of the way up.) They're these boat shoe things

Kinda silly looking, right?

So why would anyone (especially since these are boat shoes and no one here is actually on a boat) purchase these bad boys for $95 a pair?

The answer: Conformity.

The same goes for the other common Colgate trends.

I've seriously never seen this much JCrew, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Vineyard Vines, Patagonia, Northface...  in my life. When I saw ads for these companies in magazines, I'd always wonder about who actually bought this preppy attire... And I've found the people that do. Ohhhh yes.

I've never seen so many army green jackets in my LIFE. Literally 1/5 girls wears one.

Mean Girls (the prepster version?)

Every time there's a single cloud in the sky, these are EVERYWHERE!

Toddler shorts, anyone? (Literally 70% of the guys own embroidered/ bright colored shorts!)

What I think guys are trying to say by sporting such preppy looks:

Whale you go out with me?

There are plenty of fish in the sea, but you're the only fish for me (;

Come take a ride in my sailboat!

Orange you glad you met me?

I go to the gym and what do I see? 40 pairs of Nike shorts looking at me.

It's a puffer vest paradise!

Yes! I'd love to look like a marshmallow today!

Where did all the hoodies go? Oh, the Northfaces wiped them out.

And so many oversized sweaters.

With leggings.

And brown boots.

And we can't forget button ups!

And what look would be complete without a $145 Longchamp book bag? 

You know how Jansports used to be a thing? At a rich-kid private school, this is the thing.

And these.

Needless-to-say, I miss the Cali-cool/ casual look :c
But I'm going to try out some elements of this prepster look (like sweaters (: I love sweaters!) and learn how to layer because it's getting kind of cold here :D

And at least I don't have to see some of the Cali trends I don't think I'll ever miss:


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