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GBF wears short shorts! Actually… that’s not true. I don’t wear shorts. I used to wear shorts. But I also used to think Britney Spears was a wholesome role model, Pluto was a planet and Duke was a respectable institution of higher learning.

And those sentiments are obviously shot to hell.

But, the more I shop, the more I notice all the spring collections rolling in. And most of you out there do wear shorts. So, let’s talk about ’em!


I’ll be honest with you, boys and girls. I can’t stand J. Crew. Really. Every time I see it, I’m bombarded with images of pastel colored frat stars dancing in my head.

But, I will hand it to you, J. Crew. These ain’t half bad. They’re a good way to wear short shorts without being– er — inappropriate. They’re definitely classy, and they come in lots and lots of bright, summery colors.


I know, I know. These Urban Outfitters high-waisted shorts are a little daring. But if you feel like breaking down all denim shorts barriers, these are the way to go. And if you have a little tummy problem, the high waistline does wonders. But, they also work if you have a teeny tiny waist and a big booty. They highlight all the right places. Ooo la la.


Bermuda, Bahama, come on, pretty mamma. If short shorts aren’t for you, you can still let a little leg show with Bermuda shorts. This American Eagle pair is perfect. They should hit you just above the knee so they don’t fall into capri pant territory. And the best part? You won’t constantly be pulling them down so that your thighs don’t rub together (ouch).


If you can wear these American Apparel hot shorts and pull them off, I will seriously consider bulldozing my house and building a monument to you in its place. Honestly. I’m not worthy. I saw them in an Am App store this week, and I was sick with jealousy of all of those who can rock them. So, please. If you can wear them, e-mail me a picture and you will be the new GBF star.

All hail.


Remember when ’90s grunge was in? OK I don’t either. Realistically speaking, we were like 10-years-old, which means that we still thought polka-dot spandex and Tevas were a good match. If you would have added a neon scrunchy to the mix, oh boy. That walk to the bus stop might as well have been a lights-flashing-beats-pulsing runway.

Anyway, from what I’ve heard, the oversized, flannel button-ups and baggy jeans were all the rage. And who else to blaze a fashion trail in the 2000s than– drum role, please– Miss Mary Kate Olsen.


I almost wrote, “If only we could all make an ensemble like this look so good.” But, then I changed my mind. Why can’t we all pull this off? Let’s break it down:

Purse: MK’s is probably made by Versace or some other fabulous couture designer. But look in any vintage store and you’re bound to give this bag a run for its money.


Sunglasses: Like always, when all else fails, go Urban. I just bought these last weekend from my Mecca– aka Urban Outfitters– and I assure you, they’re serving me quite well. And I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say I probably spent a LOT less money on these than my girl MK.


Grunge no good? Dress up your MK obsession with this casual-but-still-chic look. I must say, I doubted these scrunch-waisted bottoms when I first got an eye-full of them. But, I’ll be honest with you, GBFers: as soon as I saw Mary Kate in them I changed my tune. Although I fear that if I wore this outfit I’d get a reaction somewhere along the lines of:

Preppy Friend #1: Heyyy, Abbey. What’s going on?

Me: Oh not too much, guys. I’m just on my way to class. What about you?

Preppy Friend #2: We meant with those pants. What’s– uh– what’s goin’ on there. With those pants. What’s goin’, uh. What’s goin’ on.

But, has that ever stopped us before, GBFers? It didn’t stop me with my gladiator sandals, and it won’t stop me now. Oh, you don’t know what gladiator sandals are? Have no fear, MK to the rescue.


As any of my friends and/or acquaintances could tell you, I am a firm believer the power of gladiator sandals. Mine aren’t quite as intense as these. They do look a lot like the ones on the left, but they’re about half as tall, and they’re brown. And they’re not Chanel


Go ahead, hit me with your best shot. I bet I’ve already gotten it. I’ve gotten most of them: Jesus sandals, 300 shoes, “This is Sparta!” etc…

But, please. By all means. That’s what the “comment” feature of the ol’ blog is for.


I just had to add this nice, grunge-tastic pic to the post. Mostly because I tried on an American Apparel cardigan last weekend that looked just like this one, and it was the most heavenly thing I have ever put on my body. Too bad I had already bought out half the store. And, I’ll tell ya, it took all of my strength and you’re-never-going-to-realistically-wear-these convincing abilities to talk myself out of buying a pair of gold metallic leggings.

I think it had something to do with the incredibly charming Am. App. employee. When he saw me reaching for the tri-blend tee he suggested I try on the tri-blend cardigan. And I did. Then he suggested I try on the matching scarf. And I did. Then he suggested I run as fast as I can into oncoming traffic and see how many cars I can dodge while balancing a 5-feet-high stack of valuable china on the end of my nose. And I did. Then he suggested I sell my car, auction off my sister to a lonely, Czechoslovakian hermit and buy him a one-way ticket to Timbuktu.

Let’s just say he was quite charming.

So, I was in the UL (I know, shocker) and I saw this guy standing right outside on the Pit side of the window. “Hm, let’s see…” I said to myself.

“What’s more important: geology or freezing in time this young man’s impeccable style? I mean, really, am I ever going to encounter a time where I’ll need to be able to recognize a metaconglomerate rock? No, no i won’t. But I will encounter a time when recognizing a well-dressed man will certainly be to my benefit. In fact, I think I owe it to society to take his picture. Yeah, that’s right. I owe it to society. I guess I have to leave the library. What a shame.”

And then the girl behind me was like, “Um, can you stop voicing your interior monologue out-loud? It’s really irritating. And kind of weird. Actually, here’s my card. I’m a TA in the psychology department. We’d really like you to be a part of a study we’re conducting.”

Well, here was the result of my perfectly logical rationalization:


And now for my reasoning behind the title of this post: Austin Fowler’s outfit reminds me of a smooth, ransom-collecting, drug-dealing American gangster. And if you haven’t caught on, that’s DEFINITELY a good thing. Maybe it had something to do with the way he was so casually leaning against the cement wall, or maybe it had something to do with my serious lack of concentration on what I should have been concentrating on, but Austin really caught my eye.


He’s wearing this outfit perfectly. The light pink and white striped oxford lost any question of femininity when he paired it with the BA gray vest. What’s great about a thinly striped button-down is that it’s not too busy to add a funky tie. A tie is often the focal point of a man’s body, so it’s beyond-important to make it a good one.

And don’t even get me started on a man in jeans. I am a firm believer that almost nothing is more attractive than a man who knows how to wear a pair of jeans. Any other bottom with Austin’s vest and tie combo would have been far too dressed-up for a stroll through campus. But, the denim here creates a perfect balance between a casual day of class and an NYC hipster in SoHo.

And, not that I advocate smoking in any way, shape or form, but it does kind of add to his rough-around-the-edges image.

But–um–don’t smoke. Smoking’s bad.

Finding an ensemble fitting for North Carolina weather often entails more than just matching your belt to your shoes.

Chilly mornings and blazing afternoons are not uncommon as the summer months dwindle, leaving students in a bind when dressing for class.

“I hate it, because I like to wear sandals,” said Cameron McClain, a sophomore from Greensboro.

“I know it’ll get warmer, so I wear sandals in the morning. But, then my toes get cold,” he said.

Andrea Blanford, a sophomore journalism major from Pinehurst, agreed with McClain.

“I can never decide if I want my arms to be cold or my legs,” she said.

“You have to decide if you’re going to wear short sleeves and long pants or long pants and short sleeves.”

The weather certainly can be unpredictable, but there’s no need to give up hope for a practical, stylish outfit just yet.


Pic #1:

9:00 a.m.

A lightweight sweater over a short-sleeved T-shirt will block the morning wind during the walk to class. Stick with peep-toe flats or other shoes that give your toes a little bit of coverage.

Pic #2:

12: 30 p.m.

Push up your sleeves, cuff your jeans and switch up the scarf placement when it starts to warm up. Don’t forget to add some shades for the midday walk.

Pic #3:

4:30 p.m.

Loose the sweater to reveal a basic tee—a piece that can never go wrong. No one’s hair looks perfect all day long, so pull it back when it really starts to heat up.




I’ve been hiding something from all you GBFers, but I just can’t do it anymore. I can’t take the dishonesty eating away at my conscience. So, here it is– my dirty little secret:

I’m an RA in Granville Towers.

I know. It’s a little embarrassing. And a lot nerdy. OK you can stop laughing now. Seriously stop. Alright it’s not that funny.

Anyway, the point is: I do get some sweet photo-ops while sitting behind that West Tower desk. This is one of them!

Plaid is SO SO in for the fall, and here lays proof that it applies to all of you guys out there, too. Al Borland cracks aside, please. You know this guy looks good. BUT, try to stick with jeans or another contrasting color pair of pants that don’t match the shirt/top too closely. Too much matchy-matchy can make you look like the guy on the plastic wrapper of Brawny paper towels. And big scary axes are not in.


His shoes are a perfect combo with the plaid button-up. Just the right amount of burly-mountain-man-ness. They’re kind of like Sperry Topsiders but much scruffier. Be careful when wearing Sperrys with plaid. There are only so many ways you can mesh frat-star-fisherman with tree-chopping-hunter.


OK, so I promised myself I wouldn’t put pictures of my friends on here… but Madeline just knocked my socks off with this outfit (well, not really, because I don’t really wear socks. Except with tennis shoes. But that doesn’t really count. Well actually I’ve been thinking about wearing knee socks. I think I saw them on a Target commercial and they looked really cute. Sort of Catholic-school-girl-like, but not in a Baby-One-More-Time way. I digress…)

SO, Mads is doing wonders on the preppy-meets-trendy look. The thick stripes on her Rugby by Ralph Lauren shirt are an exception to my previous post about the devastating effects of horizontal stripes on women. Her skinny jeans do the job of counteracting the pattern’s potential for disaster.

The long, white shirt is always a safe/perfect choice, especially with skinny jeans. Skinny jeans are all about lengthening your figure, so don’t ruin that flattering effect with a shirt that’s too short.


It’s the little things that make a pieces like this as fabulous as they are. I love the yellow and navy diagonal striped detailing below the all-white collar. It gives off a p-i-m-p necktie vibe and successfully balances out the Rugby logo. Props, Mad Dog. Maaaad props.