Back-to-school season has us feeling a little nostalgic for our own time spent rooting for the home team, studying abroad and making some, well, interesting sartorial choices. From beaded cardigans to bowler hats (and some handmade hemp necklaces in between), here’s a roundup of memorable looks from our team’s college days.
“I loved going to a crunchy liberal arts school but didn’t love the unofficial uniform of hoodies and fleeces. I wore thrift shop beaded cardigans with vintage dresses and bleached-out hair. The look was a little John Waters campy and a little small-town punk. I still have some of those sweaters, but I can’t pull off moth holes anymore.” —Betony, copy genius
“I went to the University of Wisconsin–Madison and wore red-and-white striped overalls to every football game—gotta show that Wisco pride. It was freezing on most days so the layers helped!” —Sasha, merch maven (pictured here with her now husband)
“This was shot between takes of my friend’s student film during our junior year abroad in Rome. I was starring as a turn-of-the-century Roman explorer who was about to embark on a life-altering journey across the world. The clothes were borrowed from classmates, the pants didn’t exactly fit and I think it’s a woman’s vest. The moustache was my own though.” —Mat, web tech master
“I went through a serious bowler hat phase in college, which was obviously going strong here! I was at a friend’s farm party in Chestertown, Maryland, that he threw every year.” —Caitlin, graphic design guru
“When I was 19, I drove across the country, the only time in my life I ever did something my dad didn’t want me to do. In this photo (at one of our first stops—the Badlands in South Dakota), I’m wearing the jean shorts my mom wore to Woodstock, multiple hemp necklaces I made myself and a water bottle attached to a carabiner on my belt—I call the look ‘well-hydrated hippie.’” —Jayna, editorial expert
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