Please lose the UGGs and North Face jackets

By on November 3, 2010

“Quinnipiac University can simply be described as a place where North Faces and UGGs are the unofficial uniform,” reads a definition on I read the ‘definition’ before stepping foot on campus this fall, and laughed it off, thinking such absurd choices could not possibly be popular among girls here. As soon as the weather turned cold, my assumption proved wrong.

A university may be expected to have a campus-wide style. However, I would never think it would consist of such a ridiculous outfit. UGG boots are not generally appealing. The common style average around $200 per pair, and if you opt for a cheaper replica, you are judged for wearing fakes. I admit to having a pair of UGGs, but I only wear them in the winter when the weather requires warm footwear.

North Face jackets were originally ski wear, but now they are commonplace on campus during the fall. I ask myself why constantly. I honestly think North Face fleece jackets are extremely tacky, as I have never been a fan of synthetic fleece material. Rather than spending $100 for a jacket made of the same material as food and beverage containers, why not go to Marshalls and buy a more sophisticated, wool alternative for half the price?

In addition to the North Face jackets and UGG boots, there are leggings. Leggings do not look appropriate on every female body type, as they are made of nylon-spandex or other stretchy material. Leggings look cute on a 5-foot-3-inch, size 2 girl, but put them on a 5-foot-9-inch girl who wears a larger size and the style becomes unattractive. The clingy material invites all of your flaws to be displayed to the public, and no self-conscious girl would subject herself to this if not for the necessity of wearing them to be accepted by her peers.

These choices are selected for comfort, as well as the conformity that comes with them. It is widely known that college is supposed to prepare students for careers. How many workplaces would allow this outfit to be worn on the job? Girls should try to dress to impress, and look classy and presentable, rather than like they just rolled out of bed. Just exchanging the North Face for a blazer-type jacket, leggings for a pair of non-ripped jeans, and UGGs for classier boots would automatically enhance your appearance, and add a touch of class to your style. Plus, these choices look good on any body type, and can be purchased at a fraction of the cost.

So please, females of Quinnipiac, take it from someone who chooses not to sport the unofficial uniform. Opt for more sophisticated clothing, and while you may get the occasional odd look from the other females on campus, you will feel better about yourself, and will command respect from those you are looking to impress.


About Christine Little


  1. Gaby

    November 3, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Although you make an intriguing argument, I find myself unable to identify with your comments. I am a proud owner of Uggs, Northfaces, as well as leggings, and I find that most people, including the people that I live with, have the same items as well. But who am I to tell them not to buy a certain type of shoe, or jacket that I myself may own? And who am I to judge them if they don’t own the same kind as me? We are merely people, who are brought into the mainstream of consumerism so it is inevitable for us to want to buy “what is in”. I commend you for not wanting to fall to such a terrible and “ridiculous outfit”, but when I obtained a pair of Uggs and a brand new Northface jacket for Christmas in ’09, who was I to say “Hey Mom, I want the wool alternative?”.
    Uggs and Northfaces are convenient; they can be tossed on the floor after one comes back to a dorm from the winter chill and boredom of class. I do not feel the need to sport my very nice and professional looking peacoat to class, because it is too nice to wear and should really only be saved for appropriate and professional occasions. I have 8 a.m. classes everyday, and like most students, do not have the time to wake up an hour or two hours before class to get ready. After a long night of studying and homework, there’s nothing more that I want to do but sleep. And if this means giving into the “ridiculous outfit”, so be it. In the morning, I don’t have the time to “enhance my appearance and add a touch of class to my style” because at the crack of dawn, no one really cares very much what you’re wearing or what you look like. We are college students, and naturally, we will look tired. If this tiredness is apparent in my appearance, then it should be acknowledged and accepted that I am a hardworking student who is putting forth a great effort towards my education and does not have time to bother with getting dressed in something other than Uggs and a Northface everyday. I feel very comfortable in my leggings and “unofficial uniform” and even compliment my look by not wearing makeup.
    Even though I am on the shorter side (I am proudly 5′ 2″), I live with girls who are 5′ 4″, and therefore taller than I am. My direct roommate is 5′ 9″ and is a member of the Women’s Volleyball team. When she wears leggings, she does not look large or “unattractive”, but rather seamlessly tall. Regardless of how tall someone is, or what size they are, they should be allowed to wear whatever is comfortable to them, and not be judged for their decision. We are women and should embrace what we have, and I should be able to wear what I please, even if it is not “accepted by my peers”. Doesn’t this university pride itself on diversity? Why should I conform to a traditional dress attire? Why should I give two thoughts to how someone else would interpret my outfit? I don’t particularly care how someone thinks I look whilst wearing Uggs, Northfaces, or leggings.
    If you see a girl walking around campus in Uggs, leggings and a Northface, it’ll be me. Smile and wave, cause I’ll wave right back.

    • C. Harlan

      November 4, 2010 at 12:02 am

      I actually laughed out loud at those last sentences – good for you Gaby. I happen to completely agree. Being 5’9″ does not automatically make you look unattractive in leggings, nor does being 5’3″ automatically make you attractive, and therefore make it okay for you to be seen in leggings.

      Girls don’t necessarily wear things to be accepted by their peers; they wear whatever they’re comfortable in. North Faces and Uggs keep you warm in the winter, simple as that. And I guarantee that you will see the same “unofficial uniform” on thousands of girls across the country during this time of year for that same reason.

      You yourself even stated that you own a pair of Uggs, yet previously claimed how ridiculous they are. That’s kind of hypocritical, if you ask me.

      I’d also like to know where I can find food and beverage containers made of fleece. That would be interesting to see.

      • Christine Little

        November 4, 2010 at 11:17 am

        Well, I wasn’t even going to reply to the comments, seeing as this is my opinion, but I figure I may as well. The main point of the article is that there are nicer alternatives to the clothes being widely chosen, and that if it wasn’t for the fact that they’re popular, many girls would not choose to dress in these styles.

        Yes, I do have a pair of UGGs, and yes I do think they are ridiculous looking, all at the same time. But they keep my feet warm in the winter, so I wear them under my jeans. I do not think fall, in 40-60 degree weather, they are necessary, or that they should ever be put on display.

        My statements about body type were merely just that, I figure the stereotypical girl who looks nice in the leggings are petite girls, and looking back, I wish I would have used that word instead, because some girls with different body shapes can pull them off, but the objective was that not everyone can.

        Like you Gabby, I have 8 am classes all week, and I wake up at 7:27 for them every day. I manage to wear what clothes I find myself comfortable in, being jeans and a teeshirt, and I get nasty looks from girls – in North Faces and Leggings – for it. You also say that you received your North Face as a Christmas present, but then you ‘toss it on the floor when you come back to the dorm.’ Honestly it’s disrespectful to treat your clothes like that, and especially since it was an expensive Christmas gift you should at least hang it up. You both mentioned comfort – sure I agree that comfort is important, but I find myself having not only more energy, but more self-esteem, when I feel as though I am dressed properly.

        And the last thing I’m going to comment on – Fleece is a derivative of Polyethylene terephthalate, the same material used to make food and beverage containers. Look it up if you think I’m lying – because I did my research.

    • Jess

      September 7, 2011 at 8:28 pm

      I agree with everything you said, especially the height issue…who is to say that a taller girl doesn’t look good in leggings? And why does being shorter / size 2 automatically make you look good in leggings?

  2. rachel

    November 4, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    You probably get dirty looks from girls because you are a D-bag. Sorry uggs and northface are too mainstream for you. Go shop at hot topic.

    • Dux

      December 7, 2010 at 10:43 am

      Yes, It is a trend thats the problem! Why don’t you all be own person and stop copying everyone else and being conformists. Anyone who shops at Hot Topic is in my opinion comfortable about who they are and has some self-esteem and aren’t going to wear something just because everyone else wears it. You all wear Northface, which is a mountaineering apparel company, and i bet none of you have even been up a real mountain with one of their coats in your life. Also Ugg Australia was intended for guys, but they changed their target market to you, the female demographic.

  3. Dani

    November 4, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    I think what Gaby meant by “you can throw your North Face on the ground” is that it is completely easy. This item of clothing will survive no matter how you treat it, as it is usually a staple of in a closet and can be found season after season. I don’t think any way that she is disrespectful. Also, for those of us with high self esteem and confidence we don’t need to be dressed our best to feel our best. Confidence and feeling good about yourself is about feeling that way even when you look your proverbial “ugliest”. Your attitude about being dressed to feel good is something that has been suppressing woman for years. Also if girls have the confidence to wear leggings, UGG boots, and a North face and still feel pretty, then why should they not be allowed to wear it? It’s America. I understand this is your opinion but you have to understand that you chose a topic that obviously be a hott button issue, especially for girls who fall into this category. I also would like to mention that any college campus, has girls who wear leggings, UGGs, and North Faces, as these are all popular trends and items. As you said before this is no way to dress for a job after graduation, but do you really think that all of these girls all over the country wont get jobs, because we will wear this to work? To even think that girls of our generation would want to wear this to work, or even think that is an acceptable work outfit is a disgrace. I think you need to have a little more faith in the girls on this campus, as well as yourself and then maybe you wouldn’t feel the need to get dressed up in the morning.

  4. randi

    November 4, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    I agree with this!! Every girl looks the same to me here.

  5. Francesca

    November 4, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    WOW…. after reading this I think you are just talking $hit about Northfaces and UGGs because you’re jealous that you can’t pull it off and don’t have the money to purchase it. Don’t rain on my parade if I want to wear the “unofficial uniform” It’s warm, I love it and It makes me look good…. I agree Rachel she should go shop at Hot Topic or is that too mainstream for you as well.

    • jeff

      December 7, 2010 at 10:50 am

      DUX: Ok, first its definatly not about money, i wear Affliction and Rock Rivival, at $70 a shirt, $150 dollars for jeans and that is completely unique and not following a mainstream trend. However it still looks classy and trendy with copying others. I dont need to wear what others wear to fit in. JEFF: i agree with some of your points but i 100% agree with Dux with the above comment on rachel’s post.

  6. Danielle

    November 4, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    After reading your article I am not only appalled by how blatantly rude you are but also how you could be so close minded. I am 5’7 and not only feel as though I look presentable in leggings but I am also proud to say that I own a pair of uggs and a northface jacket. You point out that no self conscience girl would subject themselves to this humiliation, if a woman does not feel comfortable wearing these trends no one is forcing them to and in no way would be rejected by her peers for wearing a pair of jeans. Whatever traumatic legging experience you had I’m very sorry to hear about but it gives you no rights to verbally attack the women of this campus using the newspaper as your forum. The fact that you imply that because I wear leggings I am not viewed as a classy female, yet many would argue that a pair of leggings paired with an ugg boots is a much classier alternative to sweatpants and a sweatshirt. Know that as a female that chooses to sport the unofficial uniform of Quinnipiac; I will not give you an odd look for wearing jeans and a nicer “wool alternative” , however I am very sure that you will instead get dirty looks for being rude to your peers. If you don’t like our school or the people in whom you opted to embark on this experience with, leave the school instead of judging others.

  7. Gaby

    November 4, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Well you see, my roommate is a Nursing major and disagreed with your “research” regarding “Fleece is a derivative of Polyethylene terephthalate, the same material used to make food and beverage containers”. Plastic bottles, film, insulation materials are made of Polyethylene. Plastic coffee cups, insulation, cartons are made of Polystyrene. Ski and hiking clothing, as well as carpets and artificial joints are made of Polypropylene. They are therefore not the same and are only “derivative[s]” because they all contain organic materials. The only reason that you said they were a derivative was because they are PET recyclables. Technically you are correct, but it is an extremely forced comparison. I did my research as well.

    Timberlake, Karen C. Chemistry. 3rd Ed. Prentice Hall. 2010.

  8. Jenn

    November 4, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    I also agree with this article – I feel that reactions to this would have been different had the conditions varied. Ladies that have attacked the author – would you have said the same had this been a male author? Would you have said the same comments had you left real email addresses?

    Opinions are unique to individuals and everyone has their own. I’m sure the author is respecting yours and, instead of personally attacking the author and calling her a ‘D-Bag,’ you should just be stating your response to her opinion. She was not directly attacking anyone – no one should be directly attacking her.

  9. Robin

    November 4, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    yo chill out girl, we rock northfaces, leggings, and uggs all day errday. get over yourself if you dont look good in it. peacceeee

  10. danielle

    November 4, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    I would in fact still have the same opinion had this been a male author and both my name and e-mail are real. Also the only reason why the author is getting this reaction because she attacked the women of this campus. Had she not been so rude she would have received a nicer response. She brought this upon herself and if she did not want a response she would not have written an article criticizing her peers. This is the reaction she wishes for by saying the members of this community are not classy because of their choice to wear leggings or how they chose to stay warm when the weather changes.

  11. Jenn

    November 4, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    She is not “attacking.” This is an editorial – a statement of an opinion. Being able to state opinions is a right given to us by being a citizen of the United States of America. It’s called freedom of speech. It’s just an editorial – not some kind of motivational speech for an uprising.

    If this upsets you so much and your opinion differs from her, but you can’t state it in a way that isn’t anonymous posters verbally abusing an opinionated freshman, then you should stop reading this article and its comments. Strop dragging out the abuse of this freshman author.

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    November 5, 2010 at 1:24 am

    I like UGG but don’t like North Face

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  13. LiSA

    November 5, 2010 at 2:05 am

    I would just like to say I know you are pointing out your opinion, but some people do wear UGGs year round. or 50 degrees is cold to them. North Faces are perfect for the fall and winter, and they are also popular in high school. They aren’t hideous either with their variations of colors and styles and price. Leggings are just more comfortable to some people, and no, college students don’t normally dress to impress for a class. You dress up more in high school than college because you don’t care what others think anymore. Some people prefer sweatpants, some jeans, some skirts, and some leggings. It really is personal choice. I wear sneakers most of the time since I don’t have UGGs, and I have never gotten a dirty look for what I’ve worn.

  14. RUDE

    November 5, 2010 at 9:06 am

    RUDE. You probably shouldn’t insult a trend that the majority of the female population at QU likes to ROCK on a daily basis. I would much rather be nice and warm on my way to class in my UGGS and Northface than be the girl walking to class on frigid days in a trendy coat. And if you’re trying to be trendy, their are plenty of ways for girls of ANY size to wear leggings and still look beautiful- Kim Kardashian certainly isn’t a size 2, yet she still ROCKS leggings. If you want to talk about trends, then perhaps you should consider all the various styles a girl can wear with leggings- no matter what size they are- and still look beautiful. Just as she is editorializing and stating her opinion, the student population has every right to do so as well.

  15. JH

    November 8, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    You may look great in what you wear, but the vicious way in which some of you have attacked Christine for her opinion makes you very ugly indeed.

    Think about it.

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  17. Kim

    November 11, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    I’d just like to say this article was too judgmental. People can wear what they want to wear. I don’t own UGGS because i think theyre silly and i’d rather wear a nice pair of boots or sneakers but if you want to wear UGGS be my guest! I wear mocasins like that because like UGGS they are very comfortable and maybe im running late for class. You even said yourself Christine that you like to wear them once it starts to get cold out so how can you critique people for doing the same? Well to me its pretty darn cold outside. To address the Northface argument, they are worn every where in the New England area. They’re pretty darn warm and comfortable and if you never realized its not always wool jacket weather here. A northface is great for the temperature in between wool jackets and sweatshirt weather. Also leggings are in fashion, in case you havent noticed. Yes i know some people around here just wear them completely see through where you can see everything since their shirt doesnt cover anything, but let people wear whatever they want. Who is anyone to judge what someone else wears. Theres no need to walk around trying to impress people 24/7. I live here i don’t need to be dressed my best all the time. If you’re going to write an article like this you shouldn’t be so judgmental. Your whole opinion about the leggings, i’ve discussed this with plenty of people, it sounds like you’re saying people who aren’t skinny can’t wear leggings. This school is about not being judgmental like that. So you should start really learning something from your QU101 course and stop being so close-minded, or at least don’t come off that way

  18. Alex

    November 16, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    To be completely honest I’m surprised at the attitude received from the article. True, girls are allowed to wear as they see fit. It is also impertinent to the United States that FREEDOM OF SPEECH is always in effect. So, as I would like to point out. The writer of this article is inclined to any opinion she see fit. She has evidence and she is only showing that wearing the same thing over and over become tiring, and ridiculous. So, I have to ask, do you women know how to shop for anything but the norm? :] Thank you!

  19. CLSUX

    November 17, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    i would just like to let you know that we too are also allowed to our express our opinion, ITS NOT JUST FREEDOM OF SPEECH FOR CHRISTINE LITTLE.

  20. Baffled

    November 22, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    I cannot believe that there is more concern and comment about these (definitely) UGGly fashions than there is about how much Lahey was paid last year. Take an interest is a real issue and make QU a better place. How embarassing…

  21. Lady Jane

    December 4, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    I graduated from college in 2008. Starting in about 2006, maybe 2007, North Face jackets, Ugg boots, and leggings became the quintessential uniform for college girls. My husband is in grad school now at the university from which I attained my undergraduate, so today I asked him if girls still wore it. He told me that the fervor for this specific combination is as apparent as it was when I left college three years ago. I never cared for the trend. The whole point of this trend is to be lazy and comfortable in your attire decisions, yet still be able to identify yourself as firmly bourgeoisie. The ubiquity of this outfit and the importance placed upon having it brand name is what always made me giggle at anyone sporting it.

    However it is not the jackets, leggings, and boots that compelled me to leave a comment here, rather the quality of the comments coming from our nation’s young and bright. It’s utterly hilarious (but mostly sad) how an editorial on a fashion trend, worth maybe a C+ in any journalism classroom, has evoked such emotion, spiraling into a superfluous discussion on Freedom of Speech and hurt feelings about how you feel so unfairly judged from the “rude” writer of this editorial. Are you people serious?

    Have fun wearing your moderately priced prole drift consumer goods while you still can because no one is going to be hiring you morons when and if you graduate.

  22. Marcin Mazurek

    December 7, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Fun Fact: I’ve just gone through my closet recently and dragged out an old old coat Labeled “North Face”
    It wasn’t one of those things you see everybody, boys, girls, women and men wearing, no: it was a traditional jacket applicable for most forms of weather; best suited for autumn-winter, usable rain, shine, wind or snow.

    On the inside of it was a pair of zippers, separating the coat lining and allowing you to pull out the current fashion fad: The easily susceptible to most forms of weather including sunlight.

    And mind you, the coat was around 6 years old at this time.

    My question is: why are people buying unfinished product? Particularly one which is practically useless in a stiff breeze? to get the most use out of it you have to wear a sweater underneath the “jacket”, I have a coat that insulates me from the winter weather so well I could probably go out in a wet T-Shirt and still not have much to complain about.

    Is the easy merchandising and selling of the jacket attributable to Pop-fashion? Conformity? Gullibility? or is it simply preference? Who knows, but the hostile response was uncalled for, the freedom of speech is of course in effect, as it is everywhere, but as with shouting fire in a theater, the line can be drawn at verbal assault and name calling, this is a forum of ideas, not your word salad toilet.

  23. Jeff

    December 9, 2010 at 10:49 am

    The ugg boot started out in Australia and they were used for none other than slippers to keep your feet warm. No one ever left the house with them on.

    The US bought the rights to them, and then stars such as Pamela Anderson started wearing them out in public… Well it all just took off from there. They were never meant to be a fashion statement.

  24. Brad Loan

    December 10, 2010 at 8:59 am

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    December 18, 2010 at 10:32 am

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  26. Paige

    January 22, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    I can’t believe so many people are fighting over an outfit.

  27. Katie

    January 24, 2011 at 2:39 am

    I work at forever 21 and you have to have fashion sense to work there. I have been working there for 3 years now. I saw every girl this weekend wearing this outfit and I was laughing.
    My question is: what is the point in buying clothes if you are just going to cover up your outfit with a bulky ugly ass north face jacket?
    It’s tacky.
    And it’s just a status symbol in my opinion just like Abercrombie or Hollister USED to be. But at the end of the day, you are just trying to look like every one else.
    And just so you guys know Abercrombie and Hot Topic are owned by the same company, so cut out your little hate mongering.

  28. Coco

    January 24, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Katie, just so you know before writing down facts you should do your research. Abercrombie does not own Hot Topic, Hot topic is its own company that trades with the public. Abercrombie owns Hollister Co, abercrombie kids, and Ruehl also Gilly Hicks not Hot topic.
    Also Forever 21 is the same things everyone goes there to shop who wants to look different but since everyone shops there, there is no difference you are still the same if you are different then go shop in NYC at some shops were you will find things that are unique you are just buying into the trend of being FASHIONABLY EMO/ SCENE/ CLUB WEAR IN DAY LIGHT…. so you are not different.

  29. Katie

    January 24, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Well ‘Coco’ I apologize for the mistake, I actually have a life and don’t do research on clothing companies all day long.
    You never answered my question:
    What is the point in buying clothes if you are just going to cover up your outfit with a bulky ugly ass north face jacket?
    It’s tacky.
    We get new shipment and product in every single day taken from popular fashion trends around the world. We are inexpensive, fashionable and extremely current.
    So we never get the same shipment in. We are constantly renewing our sales floor (literally EVERY DAY).
    I shop at H&M, Urban, Forever21, and Anthropology along with thrift stores and boutiques.
    At least I have the satisfaction that I am constantly refreshing my wardrobe rather than always throwing on a stupid North face jacket.
    Forever21 is building a store in Indy bigger than the one in Times Square- and there is a reason for that.

    P.S. Your grammar is awful.

  30. Katie

    January 24, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    I don’t mean to bash anyone on here. I simply completely agree with the author.
    Geez, you’d think there was some kind of North Face cult or something haha.

  31. Paige

    January 24, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    @Katie – Like Indy as in Indianapolis?! MID-WEST IS THE BEST. You’ve made my night complete.

  32. Coco

    January 25, 2011 at 7:38 am

    Well Katie, sorry I added an extra s and didn’t use grammar to your liking. I didn’t think proper grammar was necessary in order to talk to you (so stop being mean b) . My point is that if you’re a college student you should check your facts before you make an accusation. It does not take that long to check your facts, and knowledge is important, so by saying that you have a life and don’t check just makes you sound like a silly girl. My other point is that everyone is following some trend, and I mean everyone its not our fault we see it in magazine ads, tv ads, everywhere. What we like to wear whether its your “indie look” or whether its a comfy North Face it should not matter to you nor me. We live in the US if I want to wear a north face because its comfy and its not a heavy coat (since I get hot easily) it shouldn’t matter to you. If you want to wear your indie clothing thats all fine it shouldn’t matter to me. The problem is that when someone comes out publicly and talks bad about the girls she goes to school with, she will inevitably end up getting fired comments back. Talking garbage about people is not nice she was being a bully by saying what she said, so now she will get the comments she deserves, she offended a group of people so she should just take it. She is after all the one who wrote this article she knew what it would spark.

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  34. Meghan

    February 1, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    I would have to say that when walking around through campus, I prefer my uggs, jeans and North Face fleece. It’s about comfort. My reasons for being down on campus are academic… I’m not on the runway. If I have classes from 7 am until 6 pm I dress for comfort while at the same time looking put together compared to someone wearing sweats and a hoodie. I think dressing for success and dressing in a way that is respectful to the professors is all part of ‘playing the game’ of having a successful college experience. However, I see girls in boots with heels and they look cold and miserable. If someone is so distracted with their fashion choices that they aren’t learning to their greatest potential then why waste the money?
    I understand your arguing against the ‘trend’ and I respect that. If it came to individuals attending interviews in North Face and uggs that would be reason to rant….
    Personally I’m 5’9 but I wear a size 2… I hate spandex leggings and I have never worn them (except under jeans, ect.) but come on…. not all women who are 5’9 have imperfections that are showcased by leggings. I have seen pleanty of girls on campus who are 5’2 that should NOT be wearing those things as an alternative for pants.
    Where I see your point about the name brand trend thing, I think students should start paying more attention to the reasons for attending a university rather than what our peers are wearing…

  35. Meghan

    February 1, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    ** adding to my comment, I in no way am saying I don’t have imperfections that would be shown off by leggings haha. I’m just saying… don’t stereotype the tall girls!
    But I do completely agree with your legging issue.

  36. Krystal

    February 24, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    After having read each and every one of the above arguments, my feelings are mixed. I agree with the author that the combination of all three of these status symbols is a tad tacky. However, I believe that, when worn alone, a North Face fleece is fine to keep warm, Uggs are downright comfortable, and leggings, although they should never be worn as pants, do have the ability to enhance the appearance of a skirt or dress.
    I do agree with some of the comments along the lines of “the eductation you are at a university to receive is far more important than whatever fads, styles, or clothes people are wearing”. But I also agree that the author may have been caught up in the moment, as we all become at times, and simply needed to vent her opinion as to something she thought was pretty silly. Said opinion is indeed protected by the First Amendment. Now, I’m not tryin’a be cussed out, the other comments are protected by the First Amendment as well.
    However, the author didn’t name-call or attempt to undermine the intelligence of any person or goup she mentioned in her article. Why, then, are virtually all the comments on this article so crass? Respect is something that is to be both given and received. It’s not a one-way street. Basically, how can anybody respond to a post like this one with such vile, demeaning words and accusations and still feel good about his or her self?
    The bottom-line: how about we all just wear what we want, whatever we think will make us look “professional” or keep us “comfortable” or “impress” others or just generally make us feel good about ourselves? Why should we dress for anybody other than ourselves? Maybe then when we all grow up and stop reading the comments on this website we can tackle the real issues.
    I personally wear knock-off Uggs for when I go sledding or am cold in the house; they’re just something that are easy to slip on and I don’t mind if they get wet. I wear leggings under pants during the colder months to keep warm. I usually am always cold, but instead of reaching for a North Face, I’m pretty broke quite frankly, so I usually shop vintage or thrift stores for sweatshirts, jackets, and sweaters that usually cost $5 or under.
    I don’t mean to offend anybody with this comment, and please excuse me if my grammar or “research” aren’t up to par. I just wanted to say that after reading this entire comment chain I feel almost embarassed that us women, with such great minds, we who have fought for and won the right to vote, the right to work alongside the men, the right to run for president, are belittling ourselves with such a mundane and seemingly unimportant topic. I just feel it’s a waste of time when we could be focusing on producing alternative energies to fossil fuels, cracking down on the national deficit, or finally finding that sonofagun bin Laden.

    P.S. I know I sound all grandma-y and whatnot with my “womens’ liberation” rant, but I’m actually only 18 and still in high school. I see the Uggs, North Face, and leggings trend every day and it can certainly be pretty annoying at times. I guess I just imagined that when you go to college all the trivial bullshit and douchebaggery would finally stop and you stop caring about what others think. Here’s to at least four more years!

    peace out ladies <3

  37. caet

    March 5, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    good for you girl! this is an intelligent, well-supported, thoughtful, and entertaining article. you took the time to make your case without being insulting or cruel. too bad one can’t say the same for many of the people in the comments…haters gonna hate!


    March 7, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    I am 50% more stupid for reading this article… there are much larger problems in the world than what girls wear to class. Read a news paper and quit wasting my time.

  39. Ian

    March 10, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Frankly, I’m amused at how many of the commenters who bashed Christine on her opinion seem to feel personally judged. Christine never once personally attacked anyone or even the group of people who wears uggs and north face, she was merely questioning the existence of a “style” derived from practical sources and worn in impractical weather. So my question is “Why get so defensive?” Is it because you personally identify with your fashion choices? Do our fashion choices not reflect who we are? Christine wasn’t judging you on what you wear…she was simply stating that she thought that what you wear doesn’t reflect who you are…or at least that’s my read on it. There’s no need to get offended…unless you are really some kind of cult and an insult to all is an insult to one.

    It’s naive, but perfectly reasonable for Christine to question the conformity of the style. It is NOT reasonable to slag her off because she dared voice her opinions on fashion. We all have opinions on clothing, but how is it rude to voice them? Instead you should realize that it’s rude to attack someone personally for voicing their general opinion. It’s not your choice to be offended by her article, but you do have a choice about how you react to it….either intelligently or rudely….and no more of this false insult shite (you know, like “no offence but I find your outfit to be really skanky”)

    I’m not judging anyone here but I’m saying it would behoove one to think of the appearance of their clothes and their words. Everything we say and everything we wear is a choice. Even choosing comfort over style is a stylistic choice and reflects who we are. Comfort is not a valid excuse for wearing what you wear to fit in. If it was purely comfort, then there are plenty of other brands and styles that are comfortable as well, no? Remember that next time you throw on your uggs and north face jacket. Do they identify who you are as a person, or do they identify what group you belong to? If it’s the latter, I would seriously consider a change in wardrobe.

  40. style evolution

    September 29, 2011 at 9:37 am

    If you want to wear Northface and Uggs – go for it. Just accept the fact that it does look like a uniform, and appeals to the desire to conform and fit in. By owning these items you have already made the statement that you WANT to be fashion forward and trendy – and you think this is the way to do it. That’s fine.If Pamela Anderson wore a paper bag, you would be doing that too.

    The author is encouraging you to think for yourself and experiment with fashion- not simply be a slave to marketing and advertising.

  41. Gaby

    September 29, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Can’t wait to wear my uniform this Winter season!
    Judge me.