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Friday, April 12, 2024

It is not often that college and fashion are associated with one another. But there will be situations that require some stylish threads.

I/m not going to slap you a list of what not to wearãthat/s for you to soon figure out. But what I can do is give you a heads up on how to deal with some unpredictable situations you will encounter on campus so that you can be prepared for whatever comes your way.

Win Over the Weather

Even if you religiously check the weather app on your iPhone, you/ll still never know what Gainesville/s weather pattern is going to bring. Combine that with the reality that you are going to be walking from the sweltering heat into an overly air-conditioned classroom, and you will have to dress accordingly. I suggest wearing layers, like tank tops and thin cardigansãthings you can either peel off or pile on. Wrap a summer scarf around your neck while commuting, and then drape it around your shoulders as a shawl to keep warm in class.

Free Tees

Local businesses cater to the fact that college students love free anything. You will soon notice a trend on campus of shirts advertising everything from apartment complexes to organizations. Some of them are so common and eye-catching you/ll start to wonder how you missed out. You just have to know where they are! You can join Student Alumni Association for $20 and you will reap the benefit of free BEAT T-shirts for all home football games. Also, be aware of the tables set up in the Reitz Union Colonnade. There, dozens of realtors and clubs set up displays to attract future residents or members. So all the students wearing the Estates T-shirt that reads "I Know You Want This"ãnone of those kids live there.

Sleep Pretty

You may be used to sleeping in either worn in T-shirts or nothing at all. But living in a town where most of your friends are within a five-mile radius, you/re going to have to start caring about how you look at all hours of the day, and that includes 4 a.m. You never know who is going to come knocking on your door after a late night, or when your dreams will be disturbed by an unexpected fire drill.

Rules With the Roomies

You and your roommates are going to be sharing a lot of things, but clothing does not have to be one of them. It may sound like a good idea to extend your closet to their side of the room, but unless you are both on the same page about borrowing, it/s a recipe for drama. When it comes to sharing clothing, karma doesn/t necessarily apply.

You can deal with this one of two ways. Either lay down the rules, or learn to let go. Lending out my favorite dress shirt may have tugged on my heart strings for a split second, but the unease went away and that shirt was always back on my hanger within a day. And for those few times when my borrowed silk dress drank some beer, or my white sandals swept the floor of a fraternity house, I realized it was much easier to laugh about.

And I cannot lie, it doesn/t hurt knowing that it/s my dress she/s wearing in her new Facebook picture.

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