Fitting in: Your Guide to Greek Apparel

The fraternity system is a mainstay of college and university life, providing a home away from home and an important social support system that will stay with you for the rest of your life. Those ties are strong and well worth celebrating, and how better to celebrate your membership in this important system than to turn your attention to your wardrobe. Take the time to see how Greek apparel styles can make an important statement about your allegiance.
Most people if pressed would admit that while it’s not a uniform as such, there is definitely a particular style of Greek clothing that you can use to make yourself stand out. Making the decision to embrace the mainstream in Greek apparel means ditching your quirky or generally branded clothing. You’ll never be able to demonstrate your membership of the elite if you’re wearing something dragged off the rack at the local outlet mall – turn instead to polo shirts from high end designer names. These are going to be a good all-year item, especially with summer on its way – though don’t forget to get some long sleeved buttoned shirts for those more formal occasions or just to switch up every now and then. The occasional t-shirt is acceptable as long as it’s sporting your school colors – and this is largely because you’re celebrating school spirit which aligns well with the more general aspirations and themes of fraternity life.
In general, Greek clothing shies away from anything that looks distressed, either on purpose or as a result of general wear and tear. Just as the system celebrates success and excellence, you are expected to reflect that in the way that you present yourself to the rest of the world. Being part of the Greek system demands both time and money. It’s not just parties, dinners, dances and themed weeks; being accepted will help you with your personal growth and scholarship and promote your leadership qualities. You’re not going to be able to leverage the academic support and experience you receive if you can’t attract the right sort of attention and your personal grooming is a big part of the growth that you will undergo during your time on campus.
There are an increasing number of places offering advice on how best to celebrate your membership of the Greek system. Some of them are more tongue in cheek than others, focusing on stereotypes and how to either use or sidestep them when assembling your Greek clothing wardrobe. In general though there’s an agreement that cargo shorts are not acceptable attire, and neither are pants that are worn too loose. You’re not impressing anyone with that look, let alone setting an example.
From shoes to formal wear and accessories, Greek apparel is about style with substance rather than the greatest amount of flash. The discipline of weekly chapter should help reinforce this as instinct and habit as you get used to it, but you may have to work at it at first – and here’s where that leadership comes in if you’re already part of an organization: there’s a new year’s intake about to hit the campus and they’ll be looking to you to show the way forward.