Mainstream outfits of Radford University

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Shaquira Cole | scole29@radford.edu

I am sure we have all seen the same outfit here at school at least fifty times in a day. And, after a while, we realize that the clothes and outfits that we call “mainstream” are more or less clothes we wear for comfort. It is usually the basic leggings and a hoodie. Also, something I have noticed, is that a lot of us like to show our Highlander pride and sport a bit of RU gear for most of the day. Also, I have noticed that there are some new (or new-ish) trends that are putting their mark on Radford University. Trends that are slowly becoming what we would deem as “mainstream” when you really start to think about it.

For example, we have all seen the infamous Bean Boots make their appearance on Radford’s campus, along with a flannel shirt, and leggings. The Bean Boots, I have noticed, seemed to be what a majority of girls (and guys) wear during the winter—and with any outfit, too. Whether it was because it is a comfortable piece of footwear, warm, or just stylish, most of the students had a pair of these shoes. Now that the weather is warmer, there has been a serious lack of Bean Boots and a significant amount of open-toed footwear.

The sorority and fraternity shirts are everywhere. This was not something I considered mainstream until it was pointed out to me. There is no shame in representing your sorority or fraternity—none at all. However, as I looked around campus this past week, I did notice a serious amount of Greek Life being represented at Radford, hence making it to the list of “mainstream outfits” on campus.

The running shorts and oversized t-shirts; or the leggings and t-shirt kind of outfit that looks like you just spent a good amount of time in the gym. This is something a lot of us are guilty of wearing regardless of whether or not we even went to the gym. I believe that this outfit is mainly for comfort purposes, because sometimes we really just cannot be bothered with looking nice, to be honest.

Now that the weather is warmer, the sun is shining, the North Faces have come and gone, and we no longer have to walk around layered from head to toe. There is a fresh trickle of mainstream outfits blooming over this lovely spring-time weather. The amount of mainstream outfits, I think, has nothing to do with any of us not being individuals, or unique, or whatever some people call it. To me, the real reason behind these pieces of clothing that we so happen to see more often than not is strictly because we put comfort over anything else!