Summer attire receives “short” standards

I don’t know about you, but when I was walking from one of the commuter parking lots to Davis Hall for class around noon one day after class, I passed a girl on her way to the parking lot who caught my attention.

It was supposed to be a hot day out and it was already pretty scorching. She was wearing a tank top and shorts. Her shorts instantly rubbed me the wrong way: They were short, but not obscenely short.

However, they were so short that her front pockets were hanging a good inch or two past the bottom hem, if they even had a hem.

I instantly started having a conversation with myself in my head: “I hope she didn’t pay full price for those. I would never spend money on shorts that look so sloppy and unpresentable. Those look so unprofessional. I wonder what the professors think about ‘fashion’ nowadays.” I think you get the idea.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been known to buy a pair of jeans with a few rips in them, but they are minimal rips. Maybe it’s because I’m not a “traditional” college student and I grew up in the previous generation than those who are still wet behind the ears, but this new shorts trend is a bit extreme and uncomely. 

What puzzles me even further is that parents would allow their daughters to leave the house in these shorts. I don’t understand it. Do guys think that these shorts look hot? Do the shorts cost half as much because half of them are missing? Are they all the rage in Milan or Paris? 

Doing a bit of research, I found a few retailers who are currently selling these half-there shorts.

According to American Eagle Outfitter’s website, their 2.25 inch Denim Shortie and their 2.75 inch Hi-Rise Festival Shortie are both on sale for $29.99 down from a regular price of $44.95. Their other denim shorts run the same prices.

On Abercrombie and Fitch’s website, their One Teaspoon Bandits Shorts in Dusty Wash style, that have front pockets showing with many of rips and tears are $118 a pair, while their One Teaspoon Bandits Shorts in Hustler Wash are $99.50 a pair. 

Researching a bit further, I found an interesting article entitled “Dressing for College 101: How to Dress Appropriately as a Student and Young Professional.” The first topic under the “What Not to Wear” section is “Skirts and Shorts” and speaks about how students should not wear excessively short skirts or shorts.

One of the authors quoted, “If you wouldn’t want to walk out of the house in front of your parents wearing whatever it is you chose to wear that day to class, then chances are, it’s not appropriate for class.”

All I’m saying is: College is the bridge between adolescence and becoming an adult in the real world. Not only will your grades, events and work ethic be looked at by future employers, but the way your present yourself will be analyzed and scrutinized as well, so why not get a head start now in crossing that bridge and securing who you are as an adult.

You never know who you may walk or run into tomorrow

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