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Freshman Fashion Faux Pas

Avoiding the dead giveaways in style that show you’re a freshman.

Alright freshmeat, we get that you’re bright eyed and bushy tailed for what are supposed to be the best years of your life, but sometimes there are some dead giveaways that it’s literally your first day in college. These little hints only give way to making you look super young and new, and nobody likes to be the new kid!! Avoid some of these unhelpful hazards and follow some of these tips, and you’ll look like a senior in college in no time.

Serious High School Gear

Alright, if high school was where you peaked then good for you, but college is a whole different ball game. To not stand out as looking fresh out of a daycare, avoid wearing your old letterman jacket. We get it, you sat the bench most of the season, but your name was still on the roster so OF COURSE you deserve an expensive letterman jacket! Please trust me and leave it at home.

Alternative: Bomber Jacket

It’s not that letterman’s jackets are an ugly coat, it’s that combo of leather and felt that makes them ridiculous. If you’re fond of how your outline looks in a letterman’s jacket, just switch it out for a bomber jacket. It’s the perfect add on to any outfit, and you can scoop cheap ones from places like Forever 21 and H&M.


Freshman Dog Collars

As a freshman, one of the most annoying things for me was how much I needed my BuckID. I practically needed it for almost everything and took it literally everywhere. Worst of all? The clunky, overpriced, custom BuckID holders that look head-ass as hell.

Alternative: Card Holder Phone Case

Getting a phone case with card holders on the back is almost a must have at OSU. You can keep all your valuables tucked away—BuckID, driver’s license, debit cards—and they are easily accessible at a moment’s notice. You might not understand now, young freshman, but having those cards ready to go will help in the long run at the bars. While all the drunks fumble with their wallets, you can whip your cell out and be on your way to a fresh vodka and Sprite refill.

Overdressed To Kill

When you come down to OSU, you might feel like you’re surrounded by the most prestigious minds in Ohio—and you’re right for thinking that. You might also feel like you need to impress these minds by coming to class in your best digs like a suit and tie or heels with a pantsuit that would make Hillary Clinton jealous, but you’d be wrong. You’re going to be spending a lot of time on campus so keep comfort in mind. Heels make walking around campus really painful, and you’ll be sweating through your suit until late October.

Alternative: Don’t Overthink This

Class is a lot like high school—no one gives a shit what you are wearing until they do. Meaning, you can roll into class rocking sweats and a t-shirt and most people wouldn’t even notice. But if you come into class in your plaid pajama pants and matching shirt, you are going to look just as ridiculous as the guy sweating through his three-piece suit. Just keep it simple when it comes to class: athleisure is a safe bet, and an Ohio State t-shirt with joggers or leggings will never do you wrong.

Eyon Ertachew

Eyon Ertachew


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