Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Fashion Trends...and Another Blog Award!

My husband started college this week. Well, he's been to college several semesters before now, but this is his first semester here at the University of Mississippi. As a non-traditional student, he already feels...shall we say...slightly conspicuous on a campus full of what he likes to call "babies."

Since he's at my Alma Mater, I went up on campus Sunday to walk through his schedule with him. What I noticed was disturbing.

There is no originality on campus anymore. I say anymore, because I seem to remember some originality when I was in school. Now, everyone is a clone of everyone else. No one dresses differently!

And I've noticed some fashion trends that have taken root. Let me indulge you. The ONLY shorts worn by girls are Nike Tempo track shorts. (And guess how many females are on the Ole Miss track team? 25. That's IT.) Many of these females sport the official Ole Miss Nike Tempo shorts pictures to the top right.

The second trend is this metallic thong sandal. Of course, not all were all metallic, but most of them were gold or silver, ALL of them a thong just like this one, with a strap all the way around the ankle. No flip flops hardly at all. And these thongs were paired WITH the Nike shorts (and usually an oversized t-shirt). How much does that NOT make sense?

As for the men, they all wear plaid shorts. ALL OF THEM. Paired with an American Eagle polo shirt (have to have the flying eagle logo on the left breast). Leather flip flops. Every last one of them wore their backpack with the straps fully extended, the backpack flopping around their backside.

So imagine my husband, with khaki shorts, polo shirt with NO eagle, Keen sandals, no tan, and what I like to call his "man purse." (I bought it for him from Fossil, and it's way cool and that you sling over the shoulder.) Talk about a fish out of water. But he's MY fish, and I'm so proud of what he's doing (and how he's looking). :)

Now to change the pace a bit...

Last but not least, special thanks to Kristin Torres-Toro from Write in the Way for the Lemonade Blog Award! I've got to confess that I've seen these cute little awards on blogs and have been jealous to get one! Who doesn't like lemonade? :)

The Lemonade Award is a feel good award that shows gratitude or a great attitude.

Here are the rules:

~Put the Lemonade Award logo on your blog or post.
~Nominate at least 10 blogs that show great attitude or gratitude.
~Link your nominees within your post.
~Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
~Share the love and link to the person from whom you received the award.

So my nominations, in no particular order, for the Lemonade Award go to:

1. Jill at Jill Kemerer
2. Jessica at BookingIt
3. Katie and SFHardy at Plot This
4. Patricia at Readin N Writin with Patricia
5. Eileen at A Christian Romance Writer's Journey
6. Ralene at A Call to Love
7. Tess at Tess Hilmo
8. Jaime at The Jaime Reports
9. Liana at Liana Brooks
10. SM Blooding at SM Blooding and Crew

Congratulations, everyone!

Q4U: What were some fashion trends when you were in school?

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Jennifer Shirk said...

I remember when everyone wore Birkenstocks at college and hooded sweatshirts with our college on it. :)

Ralene said...

Aw...thanks, Jeannie! You're such a doll.

I can't imagine going back to college now. was so weird the first time. Your husband gets two thumbs up from me!

Eileen Astels Watson said...

I'll have to take a tour of U of W and see if we're the same. I hope not, must get boring opening your eyes on that campus.

Congratulations on the award, and thanks so much for passing it along to me. Since I'm posting a lemonade recipe tomorrow, it'll go great on my blog too!!

Katie said...

Too funny!!! You are so right about the babies on campus! I love calling them babies now (except when they call me ma'am - I HATE that.)

And thanks for the award!!!!!!! I love a good award :-) You're too kind. We need to get together for coffee or something sometime soon!

Jaime said...

Thanks for the award!!! :) Too fun!!

PatriciaW said...

College campuses go through fashion phases, sometimes more concentrated, than the rest of the world.

Izods were in when I went to school and look...they're back! (Hope no one brings back those ugly rubber "duck shoes".)

Thanks for the award!

Tess said...

What a great surprise..thanks so much! you're right - who doesn't like lemonade :)

And, funny post. My teen cracks me up. She SAYS she wants to be different, but she LOOKS alot like all of her friends. I just laugh. Luckily, they are all good friends.

CKHB said...

Those shoes are EVERYWHERE. I'm also seeing tons of stretchy faux-grecian dresses... halter neck, empire waist, ankle-length skirt, solid color. I think they're kind of hideous, but they go with the shoes!

Eric said...

Congrats on your award. You are definitely deserving!

Elizabeth Byler Younts said...

loved your run down of fashion! :-) & I love the "man purse". I bought my hubs a messanger bag a few years ago and he LOVES it! :-)

Kristen Torres-Toro @ Write in the Way said...

Hey, Jeannie! You're welcome! And you're so right--the picture is really cute!

Well, I spent my last 2 years at a Christian college, so our trends were horrendous. I didn't dress like them at all. But let me just name one:

Because of restrictions on sleeves, many girls would wear spaghetti strap shirts over a t-shirt. I'm not kidding. They didn't look ridiculous... they looked stupid. Seriously. I'm not the queen of fashion, but even I know that doing that is akin to wearing socks with sandals. :0)

Jeannie Campbell, LMFT said...

so the worst thing would have to be the grecian dress with spaghetti straps OVER a t-shirt with the metallic thong shoes. i've seen it in the post office here yesterday. no joke.

Cindy said...

Yeah, I agree the clothes choice (especially for girls) makes no sense.

Congrats on the award!

T. Anne said...

Congrats on the award you deserve it! Thanks for the Fashion tips! Oh to have the body of a co-ed and the shoes to match ;) *Must find thong sandals*

Jody Hedlund said...

It's funny to hear the college trends! Peer pressure apparently doesn't end even in college, eh? Congrats on the award!

Janna Qualman said...

Plaid was big. *grin*

Glad you got your lemonade!

Jill Kemerer said...

I'll go all the way back to high school for this one: leggings, mini-skirts, and skinny jeans. Oh, sounds just like today, doesn't it? Fashion is always recycling itself! Thanks so much for the award Jeannie!!

Jamie D. said...

I have sandals like that. :-) Mine are dark silver, and I love them because they *don't* flip/flop!

Anyways...when I was in college, flannel was big. Jeans & flannel shirts over t-shirts, or buttoned and tucked in. There was probably an equal amount of backpacks and messenger bags for both girls & guys...leather or faux leather was the rage. Birkenstocks were seriously "in" then too (I always hated them, but everyone else wore them).

We all wore a lot of oversized sweatshirts with our jeans too. Comfy!

Keli Gwyn said...

I'll have to check out the fashions when we drop our DD off at college next month. It's California, so I'm guessing anything goes. I headed to college in Ditto jeans. Anyone old enough to remember those? :)

Congrats on your award, Jeannie.

Anita said...

I knew nothing about this short thing...must check local campuses to see if this is a ntaionwide issue (screw healthcare, this is much more important) :)

When I was in school, we all wore jeans and lots and lots of make-up.

Congrats to your hubby!!!

Anita said...

I knew nothing about this short thing...must check local campuses to see if this is a ntaionwide issue (screw healthcare, this is much more important) :)

When I was in school, we all wore jeans and lots and lots of make-up.

Congrats to your hubby!!!

Susanne Dietze said...

Oh my, I can never return to school if it means wearing those track shorts. No one wants to see that.

My college years were nice and granola: birkenstocks and the big huge sweaters from the early 90s.

So happy for you guys!

Lynnette Labelle said...

Congrats to you and the crew you nominated!

Lynnette Labelle

Tara said...

Congrats on the award. As far as fashion went: as little clothing as possible. Short shorts, spaghetti-strap tanktops, and flip flops.

Jessica said...

Hmm, I'm horrible at fashion, so I have to guess at what's in or not. I don't even remember. But I do know I like those plaid shorts alot! LOL I have those shorts that aren't to my knees, but are almost there.
And I luv me some American Eagle, but the store where I get all my pants is Aeropostale, because they're long enough.

Thank you for the award!!!!

And congrats on getting it yourself. :-)

Tabitha Bird said...

congrats on the award. When I was at school everything had to be baggy. baggy shorts and tees. I don't remember what else was in. I looked stupid though cause I was tall and thin and everything just hung off me! LOL.

Katie Ganshert said...

Three things:

1. Congrats on the award!

2. I cannot wait to read your fun turn of events with Kathy seeing Joshua in a new light!

3. I will have your article critiqued this weekend...this week's been SO crazy.

And I lied, four things...

4. In jr. high, I admit to owning a neon shirt that said, "See ya, Wouldn't Wanna Be ya" on it. Wow, I was cool.

SM Blooding said...

What DOLT! I completely forgot to THANK you for the award! EEEEEKKKK!! That just totally made my day yesterday! Thanks!

And I can't wait to MEET you!!! I am getting VERY excited about that! EEEEEEEEEKKKKKKK!!!!!!

Oh, good grief. Fashion trends? Well, there were the mile-high bangs. The pinched and rolled jeans. *shrug* Flannel shirts. I'm a coal miner's daughter.

College? Didn't go to one, so don't have anything for that...