Party’s Over, Now Get Ready For Work!

August 21, 2014
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With September around the corner, it’s time to put summer partying behind you and buckle down on that all-import job search.

But first we’re calling all former frat boys out: It’s time to grow up. Your freshman-hazing, bar-crawling, beer-pong-playing days are over.

And while you’ve managed to leap beyond those walls into a big boy job in the real world, your sense of personal style remains stuck somewhere between pledge paddling and a weekend binge fest.

And for those of you who will be saying goodbye to your college campuses soon enough — or are still looking for a job — you need to take a hard look at yourself because your appearance will influence your ability to succeed in this next chapter of your life.

Watch What You Wear

Knock it off with the novelty necklaces, frat boy. Dog tags, puka shells and anything hemp needs to disappear.

Real men know that men’s jewelry should be simple and understated. Feed your need for bling with a single statement piece like a bold watch.

When it comes to outfitting the lower level, frat boy fashion tends toward big, beefy cargo shorts — the kind that could store a month’s supply of bacon on one side and a six-pack on the other.

Shorts should be slimmer, unpleated and never go below the knee.

Want to pop the collar on your favorite polo? Think again. You aren’t cool enough. But don’t take it personally. Flipping things up is an old frat boy fashion faux pas and the quickest route to being a douchebag.

So, do us all a favor, check your ego at the door and wear the polo the way it was meant to be worn: collar down.

Your Style Can Say A Lot

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When it comes to losing your frat boy look, you need to acknowledge that you’ve come of age and are a few years past prime for Abercrombie and American Eagle. Their graphic tees and logoed polo shirts have served their purpose.

Now, it’s time to exit your selection of standby stores and branch out. Fortunately, mature mega-brands do exist.

Waiting a couple of months between nail clippings and haircuts isn’t a sign of solidarity. Maintenance should be on your regular to-do list for life.

Men’s hair should be cleaned up every three weeks, and nails need to be trimmed every 10 days. These tips are the start of your transformation from frat boy to full-grown man. And once you’re done, feel free to throw back a cold one — this time, without the drinking game.

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