Connecticut Casual on Campus:
a prep-school style guide
Published: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 23, 2013 20:09
Recently, it’s not just the ladies that have been getting into designer duds and preppy garments. Guys have also been getting into the game. With the rise of the satirical website Total Frat Move – a conglomerate of stories, photos, videos and comments from Greek communities around the nation – fraternity guys everywhere are learning how to dress Connecticut Casual. From dawning Ralph Lauren attire and pastel colored flat-front shorts, to rocking Sperry’s and well-groomed hair, the average fraternity man is boldly embracing the prep-school style.
“There’s nothing wrong with trying to dress to impress,” Nick Harrahill, a senior at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, said. “You never know who you might meet on any given day.”
While the style has been embraced by people outside the Inter-Fraternal Council, the look has become popular, particularly within the Greek system.
“It’s just my personal style,” Harrahill said. “I think it’s important that people know that … just because you’re in a fraternity you don’t need to dress like this. It’s a trend right now, but of course people should dress how they want and what they’re comfortable in.”
- Ray-Bans – Perhaps one of the most popular sunglasses brands, these black specs may cost a pretty penny, yet have remained a classic staple among college students. ($120 - pictured)
Purple button-up – Button-ups have gained popularity, with Ralph Lauren emerging as a popular brand. For cheaper buys, shop Marshalls and T.J. Maxx for similar styles. ($80 - pictured)
- White shorts – Flat-front shorts with no pockets have begun to dominate the male, Connecticut-style fashion scene, dwindling the popularity of cargo shorts. ($15 - pictured)
Sperry’s – There may not be a lake on UNO’s campus, but that hasn’t stopped male and female students from embracing these easy-to-wear boat shoes. ($99 - pictured)
Watch – To top off any preppy look, be sure to include wrist-wear. ($40 - pictured)