Tuesday, January 10, 2006


Was on campus yesterday picking up a friend for lunch. Witnessed the new herd of sorority sheep lining up for their rush parties. There was a bouncy-house in front of one greek palace with a big sign proclaiming "Think Theta."

And here was the uniform of the day, head to toe: Bottle-blond ponytail, cellphone pasted to ear, pastel cashmere pashmina tossed carelessly but perfectly around the shoulders, thin T-shirt, teeny-tiniest cotton knit shorts (typically gray) showing off tanned legs, beige Ugg boots (the high-calf style).

Got the picture? The pashmina and the Uggs keep the upper and lower floors warm, but everything in between is left exposed to the elements. It's schizo-fashion.

Granted, it was warmish here yesterday. But those tees and shorts! In January! With Ugg boots!

It's the designer-trashy profile made famous by Britney Federline. The neo-Lolita look.

As my lunch-friend said, "What a country."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uggs are fugly! They remind me of the moon boots my mom made me wear.

11:04 AM  
Blogger Yvette said...

Reminds me of the girl last year who got up at 6 to do her hair and her earliest class was 9:30. What always amazed me was the times she spent about an hour playing with a solitary curl dangling on her forehead so it would be "just perfect" and she was forever asking opinions about said curl.
I always felt kinda amused when the curl was destroyed after walking to the dining hall for breakfast.

1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is sad that some feel the desperate need to “keep up”. I never truly understood how sad until I married one and witnessed first hand the pathetic desperation in their lives (it applies to both sexes).

1:48 PM  
Blogger Stephen said...

Your summer reading stack included a number of books about the Greek system. Will we be seeing your comments on any of them?

2:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's pathetic to see that college isn't about gaining an education anymore. It has become a pathetic fashion show for a bunch of spoiled twits! I head back to my campus next week(PP, you ought to know my campus, it's like SMU, just located in Florida), and I am already preparing for the fashion mishaps that are going to be going before my eyes! Thank goodness that I need eyeglasses, because if I had to see uggs with 20/20 vision, I would probably blind myself!

4:17 PM  
Blogger Inside the Philosophy Factory said...

Funny thing is that up here in my northern state, people don't wear Uggs... they are useless as they aren't actually waterproof... pretty crappy in the snow.

8:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can never wrap my mind around Uggs. Up here in new hampshire, in november no less, I would see girls wearing the same denim miniskirts and Uggs. Dismayed and confused, I wanted to give them sage advice, in the form of me vigorously shaking their shoulders while screaming "Boots plus skirt does not equal pants! "

6:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My sister is in high school. She received a pair of Uggs for Christmas, and wears them all the time.

She lives in Florida. Its 80 degrees there.

She's told me they aren't hot as long as you are "cool" enough.


7:58 AM  
Blogger Ed Fuller said...

Last year (or was it the year before), I walk up to our building on the UT campus and every student I see was wearing flip-flops. It would not have been so unusual to me except that it was the first week of the spring semester and the temp was about 35. Anything to please the fashion gods I suppose.

6:27 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

Ugh, texas ex guy, don't get me started on flip-flops. I don't like them anyway (they always either fall off or hurt my toes), but it always enraged me when these twits would walk around cammpus in the snow and slush and below- or near-freezing temperatures with f'n flip -flops! "Put some f'n shoes on, moron!" I always wanted to scream at them, but never had the courage to.

Oh, and Uggs are just ugly.

1:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Up here in the frozen north, we get the 'Vermont MTV' look: North Face fleece, flannel shirt, long jeans, and flip-flops, all with 2 feet of snow on the ground.

I recall the article in the K-State paper where a feckless undergrad bimbette opined,"I love flip-flops, but you have to careful so you don't fall down."

5:43 AM  
Anonymous Frolic said...

In defence of Uggs—
They do make waterproof practical ones. I have a nice plain black pair that I wore frequently through a NYC winter; puddles, ice, snow, and sluge, they survived them all. They kept my feet and legs warm and dry and the sturdy rubber souls of them kept me on my feet.

I did not know what 'uggs' were and it took me quite a few times of hearing about them to relize I owned a pair. They're three years old now and still keep my feet warm and dry.

Oh to repeat they're three years old and were in fashion(so I was told) when I bought them. So they are most definitly out of fasion by now.

8:10 PM  
Blogger Kaijsa said...

Like Frolic, I've had uggs since I was a kid, but never considered them a fashion statement. They're the cozy boots to wear around the house when it gets cold (with pant legs over them). I think they're pretty useless on the street, since they don't have any support. Plus, they're not cute or flattering.

2:06 AM  
Anonymous highschoolkid07 said...

Hehe, its funny. My teachers always talk about girls' fashion. How it doesn't make sense.

It doesn't have to make sense. It just has to look cute! :P

I admit to wearing a wifebeater with a scarf to school the other day. I found a jacket. Visible bra-straps are illegal in this school. And I've been raised to be embarrased by it. :X

3:33 AM  
Anonymous littlem said...

Well, not to be catty (I am a sorority girl, after all) but at least the boots are onomotopoeic.

"Ugg" is always what I think when I see them.

3:52 AM  
Blogger Typonaut said...

I don't wear shoes if I don't have to. If i do have to, flipflops are fine. When it's cold I put on Uggs. I was dismayed when fashion found Uggs.

They can be made water-resistant. They're warm when wet, as I found when I was caught by high tide. You don't need hands to put them on. You can hike in Uggs. You can hike in flipflops. They're not painful. They don't damage your feet. What's not to like?

3:53 PM  
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