Individuality, Style Important In Choosing College Clothing, 4-H’ers Learn

William L. Davis, Van Osdell, Mary Ann  |  7/20/2007 11:43:25 PM

2007 Back-to-School News (Distributed 07/13/07)

Expressing your individuality and exercising comfort are the most important considerations for deciding what to wear as a college student.

"You are here to focus on what is presented in class," said Kimberly Davis, an LSU student majoring in textile science, apparels design and merchandising, speaking to a group of 4-H’ers at 4-H University held in June on the LSU campus.

"You don’t want your feet to hurt," she said, explaining that LSU will be a walking campus in the fall. "Don’t look like you overdid it."

Davis also discussed attire at football games. "You climb and walk, and there is a chance of falling. Spare yourself the embarrassment. Spare yourself the blisters," she said, explaining that LSU purple and gold flip flops or flats are recommended for fall games.

For males, Davis suggested purple or yellow Ralph Lauren polos and "breathable, khaki cargo shorts." Girls can be fashionable in a yellow blouse with a pair of jeans or white linen skirt for game days.

Most guys dress for comfort, compared to style for females, she said.

For winter games, Davis suggested no open-toed shoes, but wear leggings and a pea coat.

She stressed "being your own person," whether casual, chic, bold or with flair and spice.

Davis said plaids, high-waisted belts and bubble hems are in style now. "But style is learned and tweaked from person to person."

She said a Baton Rouge publication features a weekly "Fashion Police" column that has included students in short shorts and all black, "looking like a bat."

Girls are turning purses into school bags that are "very cute and stylish," said Davis. Some are monogrammed. Purses, however, should not be brought to Tiger Stadium for security reasons.

Davis recommended wearing only three accessories on a date, not 11 like one of the girls’ groups had thought when answering a questionnaire handed out at the beginning of the session.

The quiz enlightened Nelda Bailey of Madison Parish, who thought it was OK to wear white from head to toe, "24-7." The correct answer is black, although winter white is now appropriate to wear year-round, said Davis.

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Contact: Kimberly Davis (318) 730-6088, or kdavis37@lsu.edu
Writer: Mary Ann Van Osdell (318) 741-7430, ext. 1104, or mvanosdell@agcenter.lsu.edu

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