What we wear is crucial to how we are perceived. Whether you’re dressing for comfort or for a big event, you’re always being judged based on your appearance. No matter what college you go to, students dress in their own style. What college you attend can definitely change your style. Style depends on many things, like the environment you’re in, the weather, and the mood you’re feeling that day. As an example, students who attend The University of Hawaii dress much differently than students who go to Columbia University.
At URI, students definitely vary in style. If you were to stand in the middle of the Quad and people watch, you would notice a plethora of different styles. You would see people dressed in URI gear, Greek letters, some in leggings, some in jackets, some wearing sunglasses, and some dressed like they’re on their way to the gym. The way people dress here at URI is a great way to show the variety of people we have here on campus.
There really isn’t one set way that people at URI dress. It varies depending on what group you surround yourself with. The guys in fraternities typically dress in pastel shorts or pants, with a collared shirt or polo. They wear brands like Ralph Lauren and Vineyard Vines. As for sorority girls, speaking from experience, we love a nice cardigan and some leggings. One of the most popular places to online shop is a website called Tobi. When we go out, we usually wear a nice romper or pair of shorts and heels. But if they’re just walking on campus, a lot of people in Greek life proudly wear their letters on a sweatshirt or t-shirt.
A lot of people also dress to be comfortable. I see a lot of people in sweatpants or workout shorts, with a pair of Nike sneakers and a sweatshirt. Hunter rain boots are really big here when it’s raining, which is a lot because URI is located in the New England region. People invest in rain jackets as well.
All of these styles depend on what group you belong to. People who are involved in the pharmacy or nursing program here are seen wearing their white lab coats all around campus as a requirement for their major. Textiles, Fashion Merchandising, and Design (TMD) majors, who are fashion lovers, typically dress to what the current style fad is. Business majors and teaching majors are often told to dress as professionals, as practice for what they’ll someday be required to wear whey graduate and have real jobs. So I would definitely say that your major influences your style.
I wouldn’t really say that students dress depending on what year they’re in, because there are some freshman who dress and look like seniors and vice versa. So grade really has nothing to do with it.
There are certain style trends here at URI that don’t seem to fade. Students year after year are big fans of the Northface brand jackets, Hunter rain boots, RayBan sunglasses, Converse sneakers, URI gear, and professional sports apparel. I think the biggest factor when it comes to style at URI is the day-to-day weather. It could be raining when you leave for your 8AM class, but by the time you finish your day at 3PM, it could be 80 degrees and sunny. It’s very unpredictable, so I think the students here always dress with the weather in mind.