University apparel?

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    Jul 15, 2008 12:02 PM GMT
    I resent trend among European 20 somethings particular gay guys is to wear T shirts with the name of a university you never attended or even applying or intend to apply.

    I returned a T-shirt a friend bought me with UCLA stamped on it when I got accepted to UCSD (my second choice) under the logic only a complete douche would wear a shirt with the name of a university they never attended.

    Apparently according to the sales staff found this a poor excuse and tried to persuade me to keep it based on the logic that it looks cool, is so in right now and nobody who bought them actually went there.

    Given the logic that they sell thousands of these things and a third of the student body at my university in Dublin sport UCLA, Cal, Yale, Harvard, NYU, Northwestern etc across their chest it seems a logical conclusion.


    I was just wondering, you would be laughed at if you wore a sweatshirt from another university in the states right? That's always been my experience....
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    Jul 15, 2008 12:25 PM GMT
    Probably not a stop, point, and laugh reaction but usually a slight roll of the eye or just a confused look is what I'd imagine happening if someone wore such shirts around my university campus. But I really do not see this occur frequently, as usually people just UF-themed clothing. I did come across another student wearing the "YALE" shirt a few months ago.. I didn't really outwardly react to it but on the inside I had to wonder: Yale ranks as the third highest national university and the University of Florida is 49th (17th among public) and if anyone got accepted to Yale what are they doing strolling on and about UF?!
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    Jul 15, 2008 3:17 PM GMT
    Two main reasons I can think of to wear a university shirt/sweatshirt/etc on a different campus:

    1) You have a boyfriend/girlfriend who attends that other school.

    2) You're a grad student/transfer who once attended the other school.

    Other than that, it just seems weird to me.
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    Jul 15, 2008 3:26 PM GMT
    a lot of guys at my school- the University of Cincinnati- walk around with Ohio State apparel... i don't get it.
  • Nef_Pop

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    Jul 15, 2008 3:57 PM GMT
    MSUBioNerd saidTwo main reasons I can think of to wear a university shirt/sweatshirt/etc on a different campus:

    1) You have a boyfriend/girlfriend who attends that other school.

    2) You're a grad student/transfer who once attended the other school.

    Other than that, it just seems weird to me.



    I fall under #2 cause I went to Kent State for a year and I bought a shirt but then transferred to a school here in Boston. So we can say that one is true.

    But I think there are a few more reasons why someone might be wearing a shirt from another school. Maybe their parents went to the school (I know lame but why not, people did the same thing with boarding school shirts at my boarding school) or maybe they're visiting? or they like a sports team from the school? I don't know.

    But since you did say European 20 somethings, that reminds me of when Palestinians youths started wearing American military apparel and patches (they didn't get completely decked out front head to toe but maybe a jacket or pants or something here and there) and their reason was basically "even though we may not agree with American policies or military choices (or even like them PERIOD), when someone thinks of the US Military they think of strength" and that's what they wanted to be seen as by the rest of the world. So maybe people have a reason like that... but an extremely less serious reason haha

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    Jul 15, 2008 4:02 PM GMT
    I wear my parent's and my uncles old university tees...but it's cause it's vintage and actually looks like it's been around for decades.

    I wear my dad's UMich Shirt often and my uncle's Columbia one. I'm technically not a poser right?
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    Jul 15, 2008 4:07 PM GMT
    I buy everyone in my family (and some friends) Yale shirts, even though only two of us have gone there. And well, it's a practice in the sport I played to take the shirt off the back of anyone you beat. So my team all walked around with shirts of other schools (and so did they, with our shirts). I guess for some people it's just a way to show a connection to a school they like or wished they went to. And Yale is the gay Ivy anyways, so feel free to wear our stuff....
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    Jul 15, 2008 4:15 PM GMT
    AMT87 saidI returned a T-shirt a friend bought me with UCLA stamped on it when I got accepted to UCSD (my second choice) under the logic only a complete douche would wear a shirt with the name of a university they never attended.
    Your thinking is a matter of emotion and not logic.

    I would hope people would not judge someone by what they wear anyway. A boyfriend of mine that went to the Naval Academy and bought me a t-shirt and gym-shorts with the Naval Academy insignia on it. I like the crest they use. I wear them from time to time because I like the way they look and he liked me to wear them. Anyway I would not hesitate to wear "college wear" if I liked it or if someone gave it to me to wear. For some it is a way of showing support of someone that went to that school, or just because you like that school and support some aspect of it. Some people wear it because it is a community they are a part of or because they root for a sports team there even if they did not attend that school.

    I will also say that I work with non-profit organizations like university alumni, and many of them would be more than happy for you to buy their apparel as it is their means of raising funds.

    Some universities also sell their apparel in department stores. They usually get a part of the profit for using the logo, and also get free advertising.
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    Jul 15, 2008 4:17 PM GMT
    yalemarine said so feel free to wear our stuff....
    Yep and Yep
  • Salubrious

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    Jul 15, 2008 4:47 PM GMT
    czarodziej saida lot of guys at my school- the University of Cincinnati- walk around with Ohio State apparel... i don't get it.


    To be fair, almost everyone in Cleveland is an OSU fan... I think it's more the football team and less the school.
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    Jul 15, 2008 4:50 PM GMT
    I wear my college gear to the gym-- old athletic shirts from when I was doing college athletics, mostly-- because that's what I'm used to working out in.

    But I think if one wears, like I do, Bates shorts and a Bates Rowing shirt, it's pretty obvious where one went to college.

    I used to wear a Columbia T-shirt but mostly just because my pecs looked great in it.
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    Jul 15, 2008 5:11 PM GMT
    It's not a couple of students it 1 out of 4 or so that walks round in a Tee or sweatshirt from A US university...About equal with the number that walk round in Clothing with the University insignia or crest.

    I can understand the my brother/girlfriend went to the university, I once attended or even the high school junior aspiring to attend.

    What I can't understand is the I go to a University yet I feel the need to go to Urban outfitters and buy a $72 T-shirt with the name of another university 8,000 miles away that I've never been to and know nothing about.


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    Jul 15, 2008 5:11 PM GMT
    It does sound weird... I wonder how much of that stuff sold in other countries is actually licensed? Bored university lawyers could have a field day.

    In the 80's, the big fashion statement among grad students was to have a big collection of Tees from obscure scientific conferences and research stations. However, I once happened into a little shop in Woods Hole that sold these things. So it was not, apparently, really necessary to attend in order to be stylish. I finally tossed the last of mine into the donation barrel, last time I cleaned out the closet.
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    Jul 15, 2008 5:13 PM GMT
    Grad students have fashion statements? News to me icon_razz.gif

    To the OP, I actually saw a TON of UCLA stuff while I was in Paris, and I wondered if it was unusual.
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    Jul 15, 2008 5:21 PM GMT
    Salubrious saidGrad students have fashion statements? News to me icon_razz.gif

    To the OP, I actually saw a TON of UCLA stuff while I was in Paris, and I wondered if it was unusual.


    Yeah UCLA is the most common, it's defiantly not unusual, it's becoming really common to see it...

    It's all imitation stuff
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    Jul 15, 2008 5:25 PM GMT
    I enjoy wearing hoodies from universities my friends have attended. I really get a kick out of the looks I receive when I wear my hoody from Wellesley (All girls school). ha
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    Jul 15, 2008 5:35 PM GMT
    Salubrious saidGrad students have fashion statements? News to me


    Well, I didn't say that we washed it or anything.
    Pointer: Sometimes, you can order the conference Tee shirt by just checking a box on the registration form. If the uni is picking up the expenses... free clothes! Think how much ramen you can buy with the savings.

    Aside: Obviously all grad students have their fashion sense docked upon graduation. Just observe how many professors walk around campus, totally oblivious to the fact that fashions may have changed in the last few decades. Where do they buy that stuff, anyway?
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    Jul 16, 2008 6:06 PM GMT
    I've always seen it as posing.
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    Jul 17, 2008 4:16 AM GMT
    I have a donated tank top that reads ASU but don't even know what state it's from. However, it has always been a conversation starter and never given it a second thought.

    Only once in Indonesia, I was told by a guy at the bar that ASU means,"Fuck You" in his language. Laughed about it but was slightly self conscious for the evening.
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    Jul 17, 2008 4:18 AM GMT
    It is called "Label Whores"
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    Jul 17, 2008 4:28 AM GMT
    I can see wearing university attire for schools you like their sports teams - as in The Ohio State example given earlier. Otherwise I don't really see the point.

    I still wear stuff from the school I went to (Univ of Cincy). Is that bad at 31 years old? icon_smile.gif No, they're not the same shirts I had while in school. I've gotten new ones because I love my school. I like the logo too. icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 17, 2008 4:35 AM GMT
    i went to coker college: wearing their merchandise would be lame.

    i also went to ucla: wearing their merchandise would make people disbelieve i studied there, since no one who wears ucla garments actually went there.

    the only ucla logo on my stuff is on my cd case. it's a cute little cd case. but it'd be cute even without the ucla logo on it.
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    Jul 17, 2008 4:38 AM GMT
    Salubrious saidGrad students have fashion statements? News to me icon_razz.gif

    To the OP, I actually saw a TON of UCLA stuff while I was in Paris, and I wondered if it was unusual.



    how completely stupid: when i was living in france and someone saw my ucla cd case they asked me what "ooo-klah" meant in english... so... the brand has spread like the blob across nyc and has devoured the french... how sad.
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    Jul 17, 2008 3:12 PM GMT
    i'm all for wearing apparel from different universities. some just have better logos than others.
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    Jul 17, 2008 3:18 PM GMT
    26mileman saidI have a donated tank top that reads ASU but don't even know what state it's from. However, it has always been a conversation starter and never given it a second thought.

    Only once in Indonesia, I was told by a guy at the bar that ASU means,"Fuck You" in his language. Laughed about it but was slightly self conscious for the evening.



    That would be "ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY" in Tempe -- my alma mater icon_biggrin.gif