- Apr 2, 2011
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When I was still a student, I felt very self conscious of wearing college stuff outside of the confines of campus, so I didn't get any of the commemorative merch when I graduated. I regretted it a couple of years afterwards. Going to the J Press by Grand Central and seeing that my school was the one school that wasn't represented in any merch at the store was also quite a sting lmao, though we do have a token needlepoint belt online at least.I have a sweater for almost every season and occasion: linen knits for spring/ summer, cashmere for fall/ winter, chunky...putthison.com
Damn you Derek. I didn't need another excuse to get more knitwear. Now I have my eyes on an unnecessary sweatshirt, shaggy Jamieson's sweater, and chamula flag sweater...and somehow justifying it. "See honey, it was on Put This On"
Question for the group though, do you ever feel self-conscious wearing a college-branded sweatshirt (even if you do have an affiliation there)? Somehow I always get flashbacks to the 30rock episode about the one writer who went to 'Hah-vahd'
I didn't enjoy college at all when I was there, as I was in a very rigorous academic program that I just didn't have the maturity at the time to navigate smoothly, but I graduated ("not summa cum laude. I graduated thank you Lordy," to quote the great, and very well-dressed, Shannon Sharpe) and now that I've actually experienced a fair share of life, those were in hindsight some relatively carefree times that I don't mind holding onto a little bit. All my apparel is campus shop stuff, worn out from wearing it every day in college, a size too big because I enjoyed dining hall buffets too much, and generally not super presentable, but for nostalgic reasons, I still throw it on to go to the gym or a hike or something, and it's always fun to run into another alum in the crowd.I used to think that wearing college merch is kind of corny, but I've changed my mind as I've gotten older and look back fondly on my college days. I think college merch can be nice, so long as you can find good college merch (the things sold in campus shops are usually terrible). I also suspect that no one cares if you're wearing something. If you went to a prestigious school and name drop all the time, then your sweatshirt or whatever will probably reinforce people's negative view of you. But if you're just a normal person and wear a college-branded sweatshirt, I think it's fine. How many times has anyone actually judged another person for wearing a college sweatshirt?
I work in higher ed and have hoodies from the places that I've worked that I wear in appropriate circumstances, not really in places that would be out of the ordinary enough that it would become a topic of discussion. Its rare that someone addresses it directly, but it does happen occasionally, and of the times that people bring attention to it, its generally been in one of two ways (both judge-y), whether its a total stranger or an acquaintanceHow many times has anyone actually judged another person for wearing a college sweatshirt?
I would imagine this has much more to do with licensing deals than reputation, I notice that some schools are are much more protective of their branding that others...I've even worked at institutions where a certain letter-logo design was only able to be used by the athletic department, I couldn't even use it on my student staff shirts or any other official items without sign off from the VP who oversaw brandingJ Press by Grand Central and seeing that my school was the one school that wasn't represented in any merch at the store was also quite a sting lmao,
Yea, their sports are overwhelmingly disappointing every year. Can't argue with that.Any Longhorn fan should be ashamed of their shitty athletic program. All that money and talent for no championships. Texas will continue to be shit in any sport that matters until they get rid of the Longhorn Network.