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The Auburn Plainsman October 8, 2015

FALL FASHION


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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Inside 4 Majorette makeup advice

11 taking a man shopping

6 alternative hair care 8 grunge fashion 10 dressing for game day 11 leave the scrunchie alone

12 Feature: fashion blogger Tomi Obebe 13 another look at nike shorts and t-shirts 14 in defense of cargo shorts

Cover models and cloths provided by Behind the Glass Cover photo by Emily Enfinger

A letter from the editor... Jordan Hays Managing Editor

I’m the first man to put together a fashion tab for The Auburn Plainsman. But more importantly, I’m the first person to put together a fashion tab for The Plainsman who

wears blue jeans every day. I’ve never thought of myself as someone with a sense of style. When a friend of mine told me I dressed grungy in high school, I was dismissive. As if I knew what I was doing when I put my clothes on that morning. But I also felt like he was saying I looked dirty. I’m still not sure if I’m picking out the best clothes in

the morning, if they match, if a shirt is too big. But in hindsight, he was pointing out something. I had style, albeit not runway material or one that everyone appreciates, but style nonetheless. Dressing grungy — dirty, rebellious — is not me. I got that out of my system, and the grunge fashion of today is a far cry from how I dressed in high school. I never wore

floral, leather or boots. Still, people are putting a twist on the apathy and substance-abuse culture of the 90s. There’s a photo spread in this tab on grunge fashion. Maybe it’s for you. I have to thank each person who wrote for this tab. They put a phenomenal amount of work in for this tab in addition to our regular print issue each week. I feel terrible that

every story could not fit into this tab, but I deeply appreciate your work. But more than the writers, I need to thank the photographers who did all of the last minute legwork putting together photos for this fashion issue. Our staff photographers are some of the best I’ve seen. Thanks you Armand de Laureal, David Topper, Megan Endt, Emily

Enfinger and Dakota Sumpter for making this issue look beautiful. Lastly, I must thank Benjamin Arnberg. When I found out I was making a fashion issue, I ran for the best dressed person in student media. When I asked for story ideas, he gave me enough to fill two tabs. And when I asked for one column, he gave me four.


Finding your fall fashion wardrobe Thursday, October 8, 2015

Benjamin Arnberg Contributing Writer

Early October is a weird time in fashion. Expectation dictates autumnal attire; weather encourages summer holdovers. The frustrating, and unqualified, fashion police hurl the “rule book” at people who do not navigate the season change effectively. Dress for the weather, not the date. Fashion does not live within guidelines. A guideline that rears its head in October is the “trend report.” Fashion weeks occur in late September. We are told which trends are “essen-

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tial.” We are also taught to attain a certain categorical look. Say, for example, “preppy” (found at Ralph Lauren, Brooks Brothers and Michael Bastian). Categories encourage you to subvert your own tastes to suit the tastes of the category. Do this and you’ll lose yourself. People ask me to define my style. Then how I come to it. Minimalist? (I wear a lot of black and gray layers). Gothic? Again, a lot of black. Urban? Please. I find it more useful to quantify style in terms that describe personality. Dramatic. Genteel. Whimsical. Outspoken. Bawdy. Androgynous. Eccentric. Charming. Uptight. Personality terms help you to avoid

mimicking a style that’s not wholly you. Most people define me as a polished eccentric. I like designs that are colorful, bold, embellished with whimsical detail. I look for them on the runway. Fanciful things are intensely altered to suit my frame. My approach helps dilute the frequently absurd showings at fashion week. The steps: View a show. Note any detail that strikes you. Color? Print? Cut? Fabric? Accessory? Shoe? Look at anything that sticks out by itself. Sometimes it may just be the buttons. Or a belt buckle. Or a glove. That’s fine. Pick a look apart and select what you warm to. Then picture it with a piece you already own. Then determine whether you

have the personality to pull it off. If so, buy it. Allow no other factors to influence you. The only opinion you need is that of the tailor who will cut it to your proportions. Key moments in the F/W 2015 men’s collections include: Givenchy, Sibling, Balmain, Balenciaga, Lemaire, Dior Homme, Haider Ackermann, Public School, Fendi, Maison Margiela, and Christopher Kane. Scarce were looks I’d consider wearing head-to-toe. Sibling was all hot pink. I hate hot pink. But the knits were exceptional and the sport coats (in another color) could be perfect for any occasion. I could never wear Haider Ackermann’s work head-to-toe because it does not suit my personality. Too

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punk. However, I appreciated the sumptuousness of velvet as casual wear. I also appreciated his layering (dressy over and under casual; heavy under light; looks made out of varying fabrics all in the same shade). In Givenchy, we saw Native American and voodoo motifs collide. The result was spectacular. The result was impractical. However, the show taught how to mix patterns. The essence was to worry less about matching than coordinating. Blend large-scale pattern with small. The contrast enables the coordination, and you need not be confined just to pairings of solid with prints. In the end, if it intrigues you, buy it (or a more affordable version). When the weather permits, wear it with unabashed conviction.


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Makeup by a majorette, tips for full makeup application Emily Esleck Intrigue Editor

For some, makeup seems unnecessary or even a hassle, while others pride themselves in their makeup choices. Being an Auburn University Majorette, I have gotten my game day makeup routine down to 10-15 minutes. Sure, touchups are required throughout the day, but repeating the same process for four years now has polished my skills.

Concealer

Starting with concealer, I build the base for my makeup application. Concealer covers all the bumps, dark circles or imperfections any man or woman might not want people to see.

Foundation

Foundation comes next, whether you use powdered, mousse or liquid, foundation produces a finished airbrushed look for your skin. Personally, I use liquid foundation which I apply with a foundation brush. Blend the area below your jawline, so there isn't a harsh line where the foundation ends.

Powder

Powder and bronzer touch up skin to smooth out tone differences. I use

a powder brush to put on powder and bronzer. I apply bronzer to the tops of my cheeks, which adds defined color to certain places on your face. Be careful not to buy a color that is too dark, or your face will look orange and caked. Blush

Lightly applied with an angled brush, blush livens up your face by adding a rose color to your cheeks. While doing my makeup, I smile to apply my blush where my cheeks puff up. Highlighting

Highlighting is the final step for face makeup. If you're unfamiliar with this, it attracts light to certain areas of your skin to create the illusion of brightness. When used with contouring, you can appear to lift or push back certain facial features with a highlighter. I apply it under my eyes and on either side of my nose. I also put a little dab above my lip.

Eyeshadow

Eyeshadow is my favorite part of makeup. So many colors, so many choices. Starting with a light color I cover my entire eyelash and the area above it with an eyeshadow fluff brush. I use an almost white color to highlight my brow line. I like shimmery colors more than flat colors, so I use gold on the base of my eyelash. Then I use a golden, pink brownish

color on the area above my eyelash. To shade and create shadow I use darker colors on the upper outer space above my eyelash with an angled shadow brush and blending brush. I use a dark purple and brown on the outer corner. For hazel eyes like my own, purple makes the eye pop.

Eyeliner

Eyeliner defines your eye and comes in liquid, gel or pencil. I like liquid because it is easier to put on. It also stays on longer. I apply eyeliner starting in the middle of my eyelash sweeping to the outer edge.

Mascara

Mascara enhances your eye, and when selecting mascara, make sure to find one that doesn't clump.

Lipstick

Lipstick is simple. Find a shade you like, and stick with it. Colors depend on what you're doing for the day or night. If you're in a performance, a deep or bright red makes you stand out. If you're just going on a lunch date, a casual light pink may be better. When searching for lipstick, always make sure you try the color on your lips before you buy it.

Emily Enfinger / Photo Editor

Kylie Graham, majorette and junior in health administration, applies makeup prior to the San Jose State football game at Auburn on Oct. 3.


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Cracking into alternative hair care using eggs Kris Martins Campus writer

Remember that time you thought that maybe avocados weren’t just for eating? And then you proceeded to maybe put it on your face in the name of exfoliation and healthy skin? Well perhaps you don’t, but if you thought it couldn’t be weirder than smudging green paste all over your face and putting cucumbers over your eyes, you might be surprised. Instead of putting fruit guts on your face for radiant skin, why not make it better by putting egg in your hair? Then take it a step farther: add some coconut oil. And olive oil.

And maybe a bit of honey. You’ll have this cute greasy yellow mixture with some leftover chunks of coconut oil floating on the surface, which of course encourages you to try this concoction. Not really. So why would you do it? Believe it or not, this combination of protein and oil makes hair shinier, softer and healthier. Without boring you with the science of amino acids and the like, let’s just say that your hair is made of proteins and omega-3, which eggs have a lot of. So do coconut oil and olive oil. So when you massage this homemade hair mask into your hair, you’re basically giving your hair an extra dose of what it needs to grow. Plus, the natural sulfates in eggs make your hair soft and shiny. Now that I’ve convinced you that this is a good weekend experiment,

let’s move on to the do’s and don’ts. If the egg is at room temperature, the coconut oil will mix in more easily so you don’t have those awkward chunks. Mess with quantity. A good starting point is 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and 1 teaspoon of olive oil. The most important part of the mask is massaging it into your scalp. For maximum softness and shininess, rub it into the ends of your hair too. Don’t comb it. Just run it through your hair your fingers. Also, don’t leave the hair mask in longer than 30 minutes unless you want your hair to smell like burnt plastic. Wash your hair a couple times, let it dry and behold the shine and softness. Pro Tip: Don’t do the mask every day. Too much oil will leave buildup in your hair. At most, do this every couple weeks or once a month.

Contributed by Leann Martins

Coconut oil conditions hair and will blend into hair as mask remains in hair.

How to be fashionable on a college budget Amanda Myles intrigue writer

There are countless opportunities to show your fashion sense during college, such as socials, parties, dates, interviews, receptions and even those days you need to look good to feel good. So demonstrated fashion sense is not only practical, but also an instant confidence booster. Through my own personal experience as well as the experience of my peers, I have gathered and outlined the best strategies for college students to abide by to have a fashionable wardrobe while still staying on budget. It’s important to note that anybody can meet all the fashion criteria without ever

spending excessive amounts of money on name brands like Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren or Louis Vuitton. A taste for high-end, expensive brands doesn’t necessarily make you fashionable. There is nothing better than the feeling you get when you know you saved money on what you’re wearing. Developing a fashion budget is key to creating a wardrobe to be proud of. There are many ways to maintain a well-balanced fashion budget, and depending on the person, they can help you spend less. Don’t use a credit card. Only carrying a set amount of cash when shopping will prevent overspending and force you to closely examine prices to find the best deal. Wait to shop until after you have paid for essentials like food and rent.­­ When cashiers ask if you want a reward card to rack up points, take advantage, espe-

cially when your favorite stores offer them. Reward cards are a simple way to get discounts and codes emailed to you. Or register on shopittome.com and get deals on selected brand preferences emailed to you. My most important piece of advice is to shop online. The Internet is the absolute best option, because it is readily accessible and is where most of the best deals are. It just takes knowing the right websites to find these hidden gems of stylish and affordable clothing. Being able to browse through store web pages in seconds gives customers a better idea of what they want and what they are willing to pay. Tendollarmall.com offers clothes at $10 or less for both men and women. Swimwear and accessories are also sold. Debshops.com sells stylish, trendy and current women’s clothing including plus sizes. A variety of clothing is available

from dresses and rompers to denim shorts and shredded jeans. There is even a section titled “Trends” with “Fall Looks” in preparation of the upcoming season. Because of its array of trendy clothing of decent quality and cheap, cheap prices, Forever 21 appeals to teenagers and college students. Forever 21 has men and women clothing and a seemingly never-ending supply of accessories. Finally, just wait it out. You should never pay full price for anything. We live in a world where wants must be met immediately, but there should never be reason to assume that there is not a similar article of clothing somewhere else for a cheaper price. Waiting it out involves risk, but most of the time, if you are patient, what you are eyeing will eventually drop in price, or you will find something comparable somewhere else.


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Leave the scrunchie alone Corey Williams Campus editor

This is it. The moment all fans of the Olsen twins, Olympic gymnastics and dent-free hair have waited for. Scrunchies are back. Trendy brands like Urban Outfitters and American Apparel offer them in various sizes, shapes and colors, while a quick Etsy search of the word “scrunchie” yields more than 8,000 results. However, the scrunchie’s journey back to relevancy hasn’t been easy. Madonna and the Olsen twins made the scrunchie the most in demand item at Limited Too in the ‘80s and ‘90s, while Clueless and Heathers brought the trend to the big screen.

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I’m not sure of this, but I think the scrunchie had more screen time on Full House than John Stamos. But the scrunchie’s reign didn’t last forever. Boring, black elastics slowly became America’s favorite hair adornment, while the scrunchie faded into obscurity. The final nail in the coffin came in 2003, when Carrie Bradshaw famously mocked the accessory on Sex and the City. The scrunchie went from being slightly outdated to a full on fashion faux pas. The world was forced to endure plain, unembellished ponytails for over a decade. Then, in 2015, something wonderful happened. Scrunchies are popping up everywhere. While the trend isn’t quite as pervasive as it was twenty years ago, it’s becoming more and more fashion-

able. Not everyone loves it, though. For every scrunchie-lover in the world, there’s another scrunchie-shamer. That’s fine, to each his (or her) own. But the oft-maligned hair tie doesn’t deserve its bad reputation. It’s easier on your hair than non-fabric covered elastics, it doesn’t leave a crease when you take it out and it’s just so darn good-looking. Look, you don’t have to embrace this ‘90s revival. But don’t judge those who do. Plain hair-ties are no better than their fabric-covered counterparts, no matter what Carrie Bradshaw says. Your Emi-Jay holds just as much hair as my scrunchie. At the end of the day, I’ll choose my hair-ties the same way I make most major life decisions: If it’s good enough for DJ Tanner, it’s good enough for me.

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GRUNGE

Slinking its way into the millennial fashion scene are crop tops, choker necklaces, flannel accents and stonewashed jeans. Women are dyeing their hair colors ranging from platinum to blue. They’re wearing circular sunglasses and beanies. And they’re calling it grunge. Grunge rejected societal rules, stemming from music like Nirvana, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam. It was dirty and angry. The clothing reflected a generation’s demand for change against artificiality. We take elements of grunge fashion — the flannel, the band T-shirts, the ripped jeans — but leave behind the dirt and grime of the era. If we make something our own, we should claim it to be ours. We should be whoever we want to be. But we should be raw.

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Dressing for game day maria McIlwain community editor

Members of the Auburn Family wear orange and blue every day, but on Saturdays in the fall, these family members flock to campus for game days. There is everything from the traditional dresses on women and sport coats and ties on men to more contemporary jerseys. In the past, everyone wore their Sunday best for the game, sweating through August games and shivering at the end of the season. Dresses were expected, and khaki slacks paired with a sport coat and tie were more commonly seen on men.

Today, people wear more casual outfits suited for the weather. At the beginning of the season, shorts and shorter skirts dominate the scene and are replaced by longer hemlines and pants as the season progresses. Women can dress up more casual ensembles with orange and blue accessories. Men can trade in blazers for sweater vests. Footwear is often selected for comfort. Though it is fun to dress up, I'm glad game days are more casual. It takes the pressure off spending hours preparing for the game and allows me to focus on what is important — spending time with friends and cheering on the Tigers. Freshman year, I would begin my routine at 6:30 a.m. After about two hours, I was ready to stand in the sun

all day. I wore something besides a dress to a game for the first time last year. I wore my old No.12 jersey I got in seventh grade and jeans. It was so freeing. I couldn’t believe I hadn't embraced other trends before. My advice to anyone lost in a sea of orange and blue is to wear what you are comfortable with. If you like dressing to the nines, complete with wedges, accessories and flawless makeup, then own it. If you want to wear jeans, a T-shirt and go au naturale, that's great too. If you want to meet in the middle, wearing a cute top and orange and blue pants or a skirt, thenyou will look awesome. No matter what, be prepared to stand in the student section, cheering your lungs out for an Auburn win.

Jerseys are a comfortable goto for both men and women. The fabric is cool and loose in the hot summer and easy to layer in the winter. (Caroline Miller, freshman in nursing)

Dresses and flats paired with Auburn-colored accessories are easy to pair, and neutral-colored flats are easy to find and pair with other outfits. (Ali Klebous, sophomore in public relations)

Sport coats and ties are a formal way to throwback to times of Sunday best and pay respects to game day traditions set before current students. (Aaron Contreras, freshman in business)

Matching different shades of orange and blue make a cute, effortless outfit that’s versitle beyond game day. (Abby Swindle, freshman in nursing)

Polos and khakis are a casual, comfortable way to represent the Tigers. Certain brands come in a cooling fabric that make it easy to beat the heat. (Jonathan Bryant, freshman in business)


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Stephen Gass tries on cloths in a clothing room.

Taking a man shopping Claire Tully Campus Writer

Anyone sitting at home on a Saturday morning with nothing to do besides watch the latest Kardashian fiasco would probably jump at any opportunity to get off their couch. So when I found myself in this exact position and my friend Stephen came over for a surprise visit one morning, I was eager to do something more exciting, which at that point was pretty much anything else. However, hastily accepting an invitation to help Stephen shop for some new work clothes proved not to be one of my finest hours. In theory, it was a fun idea. We’d have a relaxing afternoon full of shopping and talk about the weather. Maybe even do a quick Starbucks run on the way home if we were feeling a little crazy. However, in the end it proved to be quite the arduous task.You see, the odds were never in his favor to begin with. Two girls verses Stephen: an innocent, male college student just trying to pick up a couple of nice shirts to impress his new boss with. Me and Samy, my roommate and frequent shopping companion, immediately hopped into her car and drove Steve to Tiger Town as fast as possible. Once the initial excitement had died down, we instantly realized that we were in over our heads when five minutes into the shopping trip Stephen asked, “OK, I can go try these on, right?” He wasn’t right. We had only picked out three shirts, and we’re just getting our feet wet. His interjection was unacceptable by our standards. Obviously, we needed to grab a wide variety of shirts ranging in color, style, pattern, fabric and even size since different brands’ cuts cannot be trusted.

Thus began the journey through the men’s department at Kohl’s where Samy and I lived out every woman’s dream: dressing a man however you want. As it turns out, most men don’t like shopping much. In fact, they actually seem to hate it. Take Steve for example; his first mistake was inviting us. His second mistake lied in his unrealistic expectations for this adventure. In what universe was it going to take him 10 minutes to pick out, try on and purchase clothes? Not Samy’s and I’s universe. Evidently, this came as a shock to Stephen. After a long search and tedious color scheming, we decided teal was definitely Steve’s color, he desperately needed a plum-colored shirt in his life and the green flannel we picked out would be a real game changer for his wardrobe. We threw countless items over his dressing room door and told him what he could wear with jeans and which tops required khakis. Not to mention he needed to know when to transition from his light-colored khakis to the dark ones. Were there a few questionable items that were out of Steve’s comfort zone? Sure, but that was the point. Were we concerned he’d run away or suffocated in a pile of cotton and twill in the dressing room at one point when he was unresponsive? Maybe, but these are the sacrifices one makes when tackling a department store. Steve left the store with two polos, a flannel and some dress shirts. All of which were acceptable to wear with jeans and khakis in and out of the office. So, will Samy and I be receiving another shopping invitation in the near future? That’s unclear seeing as we haven’t gotten that far yet, but there was something gratifying about seeing Steve wear one of our carefully selected shirts out one night.

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Fashion blogger takes on personal style Rachel Sprouse Campus Writer

Ever wonder what it would be like to start your own fashion blog? Tomi Obebe, senior in exercise science and resident fashion blogger, shares her take on fashion. Obebe started her blog in June 2015, because she wanted to start a fashion/lifestyle blog for a while. “I had noticed that there had been a lack of women of color in stuff in terms of being able to see muses for outfits of the day,” Obebe said. “Or

if it was people who I thought represented me and looked like me, I didn’t think we dressed the same.” Obebe said she wanted to put her own individual spin on outfits of the day and show her own style. “Usually, I like to look through a lot of magazines and kind of look at trends,” Obebe said. Obebe said that Fashion Week is an inspiration, but not to be copied. “I look at high fashion as more of ideas, because no one wears that really odd outfit with the hat that goes

out five feet from your face,” Obebe said. “But you can take bits and pieces of it and then make it your own.” Selita Ebanks and Naomia Campbell are two of Obebe’s fashion icons. Her current favorite is a model named Gigi Hadid, an American fashion model. “I think she has such a great heart,” Obebe said. “It’s been great to be able to see her, because I’ve been following her for a while and now she’s moving and skyrocketing

on all these campaigns.” While she looks to fashion designers, Obebe said she doesn’t “gravitate toward designers” when selecting her outfits but goes for what’s comfortable. “You try to find things that look good and work best for you as an individual,” Obebe said. “[It does] not have to always be what the trend is, but it’s whatever looks good and you feel comfortable with.” Her fall trend predictions are structured handbags like Kate

Spade and Michael Kohrs, scarves, especially large ones, and “boyfriend jeans.” “Everything is a lot more loose fitting, which I’m a lot more of a fan of,” Obebe said. “And so there’s a lot of ’70s style falling into it.” Obebe’s blog, which has about 500 followers, allows her to express herself and share her style with others. “I’ve really seen myself grow and become a better writer through that whole process,” Obebe said.


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A closer look at the T-shirt and Nike shorts phenomenon Corey Williams Campus Editor

To the untrained eye, many women on campus may look more prepared for the gym than for a day of class. An oversized T-shirt paired with Nike shorts or yoga pants is the go-to outfit for thousands of Auburn students, and the athleisure trend (a style where workout clothes are worn in non-exercise settings) doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Karla Teel, associate professor in the department of consumer and design sciences, said Nike shorts have been in style for so long, they are no longer a trend, but a staple. “The (Nike Tempo Runnings Shorts) were developed in 1995,” Teel said. “A trend is something that will come in, everybody buys it and then it goes away. Well, it hasn’t gone away.” The current generation of college students prefer comfort over fashion, Teel said.

“This is sort of interim time in their lives,” Teel said. “They maybe had to wear certain things to high school, but now they can be lazy if they want to.” Teel noticed the style when she started teaching at Auburn 10 years ago. She said she didn’t expect it to stick around as long as it has. “I’ve seen it worn,” Teel said. “I thought it was going to be a fad, but it continues to be something girls want to wear all the time.” In 2011, Kelly Tsaltas caused a stir on campus when she wrote a controversial column for The Auburn Plainsman about the trend. In “Come on ladies (and gentlemen), we can do better,” Tsaltas condemned the style and accused sorority and fraternity members of being the worst offenders. The column prompted angry letters to the editor and on-campus protests. Tsaltas and her family even received threats after the column’s publication, according to a 2013

Plainsman article. The backlash became so severe, The Plainsman staff felt obligated to write an editorial defending Tsaltas’ right to free speech. Teel said she believes the column unfairly attacked the Greek community. “Our campus is not all Greek, and there are way too many girls on campus that wear this for all of them to be in a sorority,” Teel said. “I was in a sorority when I was here, and I would’ve taken major offense to that.” Lauren Cleveland, Panhellenic president, said it is unfair to imply only sorority members wear casual clothing to class. She said it makes sense that students often wear T-shirts to class, because there are so many opportunities to purchase them at University functions. However, she said she doesn’t think the column would’ve sparked such an outrage if it had been published today. “I think opinions and trends have changed,” Cleveland wrote in an email. “Wearing T-shirts (and other athletic wear)

I think members of the Greek system are assured and confident in the way they choose to represent themselves and their organizations on campus.” —Lauren Cleveland

Panhellenic President

to class has become more common and widespread across campus. I don’t think it is something that bothers people because it is the norm. If her column had been published today, I think readers, especially those involved with Greek organizations, would not have had such a strong reaction. I think members of the Greek system are assured and confident in the way they choose to represent themselves and their organizations on campus.”

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In defense of cargo shorts... Jim Little

Editor-in-Chief

Cargo shorts may be dead, but they will return. The line between what is fashionable and what is functional is a blurry one, and cargo shorts are superbly functional. Winter is a time of pocket surplus. Jackets, coats and hoodies surround us and keep us warm with the benefit of providing us more pockets to do what pockets do and hold our things. Then summer arrives, and the great pocket famine with it. That is, if you don’t wear cargo shorts. I’m not talking about the more modern cargo shorts promoted by New York fashion setters, with cargo pockets barely big enough to fit a credit card. No, I’m talking about big, puffy, baggy, glorious cargo shorts. These shorts allow me to carry all my things comfortably during the heat of the summer. Now maybe I need to carry around more things than the average person does with my hobbies of photography, journalism and crime-fighting. However, that doesn’t change the fact that there comes a time in every short-wearing enthusiast’s life that they will have too many things and not enough pockets. Function will always push the trend back to cargo

shorts. The greatest clothing item in the history of the human race got its start around World War II with the British invention of cargo pants, which were quickly made into shorts. It wasn’t long before the American uniform adopted them, and the military has never looked back. The Greatest Generation invented the cargo shorts and defeated the Nazis. Cargo shorts are not only functional, they’re patriotic. What we decide to wear is a signal we send to others about our worldviews, our values and our beliefs. But remember, fashion is fickle. So, if you want to wear slim fit, tight cut shorts to echo the modern look of sleek design elements trendy right now throughout every industry, go ahead and be conventional. Those brave souls who continue to wear cargo shorts should be commended for their continued commitment to functionality over form. The next time you see one of these heroes, tip your cap or beanie or fedora or whatever terrible hat choice is trendy, because they’re keeping the dream alive, the dream of not having to carry things in your hands. Which is really the purpose of civilization, if you think about it.

In defense of khaki shorts... Evan McCullers

Assistant Sports Editor

Like most college students, I do my best to live on a budget. When I decide to spend money on clothes, sure, I want them to be fashionable and comfortable, but they also need to be versatile so I can wear the same item in multiple outfits. The most versatile pieces of clothing in my closet are my two pairs of khaki shorts. Uncoincidentally, they are also two of my favorite clothing items. No matter what look you’re going for, khaki shorts are a good foundation for building an outfit. If you want to go casual but don’t want to wear the same old pair of athletic shorts you always wear, khaki shorts are a nice alternative. They can be paired with a nice T-shirt and a pair of sneakers to create a stylish look that is also comfortable. When the shorts’ versatility really emerges, however, is when a bit more formal look is desired. The event you’re attending will determine exactly how formal you want to get, but khaki shorts will have you covered on all fronts. For everyday activities, a polo with the shorts is a good

choice. This is a good option for those with morning classes, because it is extremely quick and easy to throw on. The khaki shorts are a more professional and comfortable alternative to clunky, outdated cargo shorts. If you’re going to a party or headed out for a night on the town, you might even step up your game a bit more and don a nice button-down and a pair of loafers with the shorts. While traditional cotton khaki shorts may be best in some situations, the shorts are now also available at most department stores in polyester (the same material most gym shorts are made of); so there is no need to sacrifice comfort for the sake of looking good. Because of the material, khaki shorts are also easy to care for. They can be washed and dried on common settings with other clothes, which is often not the case with slacks. While fashion seems to continually get more exotic and wild, sometimes it is best to keep it simple. Khaki shorts do just that, giving you a sleek, comfortable and affordable option that looks good with just about anything. That’s what the cool kids call “ballin’ on a budget.”

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