What to Wear For the Going-Out Scene
Published: Thursday, September 20, 2012
Updated: Thursday, September 20, 2012 19:09
The female ritual of getting ready and going out at night is one of the cornerstones of the college experience. But having a night out on the town in Hamilton is very different from going out in New York City, and your clothes should reflect that. These are my style tips for what to wear the next time you hop on that midnight cruiser bound for the Old Stone Jug: DON’T wear heels Even with the promise of hitching a ride home on an elusive cruiser at the end of the night, you still won’t want to go to a party, a bar or the Jug in heels. Or nice shoes in general, really, unless you’re attending a somewhat formal event. At the Colgate hot-spots, there won’t be a bouncer at the door checking your outfit to see if it’s hip enough for their crowd. You could go wearing denim overalls and a leopard-print sweater and you’ll be fine – actually, I’ve worn that exact outfit to the Jug before. Instead of heels, invest in several different pairs of boots. You can pick up some inexpensive boots so you don’t feel guilty if your footwear doesn’t survive our northeastern winters, but I’m partial to my Frye motorcycle boots. Despite the amount of rain, snow, beverages and hot sauce from Slices that have come into contact with them, these babies are still in great condition. And they actually look cooler when more scuffed-up. DO invest in a going-out purse When I was a first-year, none of my friends really had purses that they could use while going out. Sure, we had plenty of bags – totes, satchels and hobo bags galore – but they were all too bulky for carrying just the going-out essentials. When we went out that first year, we would all stick our belongings somewhere in our outfit, tucking our bulk under our bra straps, into our pockets and legs of our boots. Convenient, yes, but so is, you know, using a purse. Learn from my mistakes and get a cute wristlet or small crossbody bag for going out. Urban Outfitters has several petite purses that are the perfect size for the essentials. DON’T be too bodycon Bodycon (or body-conscious) clothes are a big trend, but wear these fitted pieces in moderation if you want to be appropriate for the Colgate scene. Instead of that Hervé Léger-knockoff dress you bought at the mall, pair a bandage skirt with a loosefitting tie-waist blouse. The look is more college- ready than wearing a complete bodycon outfit, and the loose blouse means you can gorge on all the late-night food you want. DO take measures to assure your jacket isn’t taken Going out anywhere at Colgate means that you are also consenting to the chance that your coat will be taken, accidentally or otherwise. It’s just kind of how it works here. Honestly, you don’t really go to Colgate until it’s the dead of winter, your jacket goes missing from the pile on the floor of the Jug and you’re forced to find another fleece to keep you from developing hypothermia. To avoid this fate as long as possible, don’t wear a black North Face jacket out; wherever you go, it’s a black hole for black jackets. Invest in the most unique jacket that you can find – but whatever you do, you should not spend a lot of money on it because, chances are, you’ll have to find a new one in a few months. I like going to thrift stores and stocking up on an assortment of brightly-colored nylon jackets. One thing that I’ve found that consistently works over the years is leaving a threatening note in the coat pocket. After losing three jackets in the first semester of my first year – all of which had my name clearly labeled in them, thank you very much – I started leaving notes for would-be thieves. Written in my loopy, cursive scrawl would be, “If you take this coat, I will hunt you down and destroy you.” And, lo and behold, it worked! Since I started this practice, I have never been left jacket-less. Lacking on inspiration for your own note? Just select any Liam Neeson movie at random (I suggest “Taken”) and I’m sure you’ll find something threatening enough to work for your Jug jacket.
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