What Every College Guy Needs In His Closet: The Do's and Don'ts

Now that you’re faced with having to dress yourself every day, figuring out what to wear can be a struggle. Do stripes and plaids go together? No. Should you wear cargo shorts that leave room to stow enough food for a small European country? Also no. Is it acceptable to wear outfits that are oddly reminiscent of middle school And 1 gear when you’re not on the way to the gym? Spoiler alert: the answer, again, is no.
These might seem like obvious fashion choices (I’m not even talking GQ worthy), but after a minute or more of wandering around a college campus, you’ll see a lot of weird things. From the hippie who’s barefoot in tie-dye with white boy dreads, to the aspiring acoustic musician in head-to-toe flannel playing guitar on the quad (9/10 he’s strumming Wonderwall), there should a 101 course on what to wear. If you’re still trying to create outfits that don’t make you look like a hipster or a hobo, these are the do’s and don’ts.
Do: If you’re looking for shoes that go with everything, you can’t go wrong with a pair of black or navy Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers. If you’re feeling fancy, boat shoes work, whether you’re an aspiring frat star or just feel like looking good in khakis. Make sure to air them out every so often, or you’ll have girls running out of your room at full speed when you take them off for the first time.
Don’t: Please avoid Crocs (I wish I didn’t have to say this, but it’s inevitably a look someone thinks is normal. I hope it’s not you). The only time it’s acceptable is for little boys, because it makes babysitting an easier feat (and do you really want a girl to compare you to her favorite nugget?). Whatever you do, do not pair them with socks. While you’re at it, say no to those sandals that velcro and make Tevas look amazing — not Chacos, the really heinous brown ones. I apologize in advance to every Dad out there who’s currently wearing them.