We recently brought you
a fraternity fashion email from the self-proclaimed “Fratshionistau”that was making the rounds at Emory University.
We spoke with the author — Emory sophomore Jonathan Weiss — and put together our own Fraternity Fashion Guide. Weiss helped us determine some do’s and don’ts for the well-dressed frat boy.
Inside, you’ll find tips on how to dress for any occasion — formals, date nights, class, or parties.
You’ll also find some advice directly from the Fratshionistau, such as this gem about how to best pull off a semi-formal look: “Simplicity stands out! Busy designs on shirts or ties are distracting. A solid white shirt with a solid coloured tie, or a basic pattern, is always the easiest way to go.”
Formal wear is a look you'll only need to pull off once or twice a year, so why not make sure you're doing it right? When in doubt, opt for a dark ensemble -- slacks, jacket, dress shoes, tie -- but please, we're begging you, get your pants hemmed. No one likes a guy in an ill-fitting suit.
Sure you can rent a tux or suit, but if you invest now (assuming you've stopped growing), that $US1,000 tuxedo will last you a long, long time.
Occasions: Formal fraternity events in college and your friends' weddings after college.
Avoid: Tacky patent shoes, ill-fitting pants, and the cummerbund. As Weiss says, 'It didn't get you lucky at senior prom, and it won't do the trick now.'
Cuff Links: J. Crew Fabric Knot Cuff Links ($12.50)
Bow Tie: J.Crew Italian Satin Point Bow Tie ($55)
Shoes: To Boot New York Ballard ($375)
Thankfully, semi-formal can range from a classic dress shirt, slacks, and tie, to some khakis and a nice sweater. And because it's only semi-formal, feel free to have some fun with your tie options. We're looking at you, sailboat and lobster patterns. Note: The key to keeping this look crisp is a nice pair of shoes. Go for oxfords or if you have to, a clean pair of leather boat shoes.
Occasions: Sorority date parties, alumni events, interviews, dinner with the rents.
Avoid: Weiss says to stay away from the statement shoes. 'You want people to notice you, not your shoes.'
Fratty casual is your day-to-day look, fellas. From stats class and your prestigious internship, to weekend errands and a dinner date with that cute Theta, opt for a polo or button-up shirt and a nice pair of chinos or dark-wash jeans. Here's where you let your own personal style show -- amp up one of the following looks with those new chukkas you've been eyeing or some sweet Nike high tops.
Occasions: Class, weekly fraternity meetings, a Friday night date.
Avoid: Socks (boat shoes are all you need, obvs.) and crazy patterns -- stick to plaid or bold colours. 'Only one article of clothing gets to be patterned so choose between the vest, shirt, or pants,' Weiss says.
What would a frat style guide be without raging attire? Once the classes, meetings, and extracurriculars have finished for the week, it's time to let lose. But while you're shotgunning Nattys, throwing back jello shots, and playing/winning beer pong, you're not going to want to wear that nice dress shirt of yours. So throw on a lax pinny, your go-to boat shoes, and some comfortable shorts, and start raging, bro.
Occasions: Tailgating, house parties, day drinking.
Avoid: Anything you wore in the aforementioned slides. You do NOT want your chukkas soaked in beer, do you? Weiss puts it simply: 'Don't try too hard.'
No recommendations here. Grab that old bed sheet, channel your inner John Belushi, and hit the dance floor.
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