Fall Fashion: Columbia Struts its Stuff

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There’s nothing Columbia students love more than an event they can’t get into.  This week’s Obama/McCain event, PrezBo’s  periodic fireside chats, and the Heights on just about any Thursday night all come to mind.  Fall Fashion Week is about as exclusive as it gets, and that the week’s runway shows and collections have largely gone under Columbia’s radar is more telling of our campus style than it is of the popularity of the event.  

This aside, some patterns have emerged:

Little Black Pointy Shoes  

Move over Tory Burch. Think of these saddle-shoe inspired booties as a replacement for your trusty flats. They go well paired with black stockings and a skirt for a fancier look or with just shorts or jeans for a more tousled appearance.

More after the jump.


Columbia students have embraced the nonfunctional vest.  From the vintage cowboy-inspired vests to the shrunken suit coat vest, most do little in the way of actually providing warmth.  But practicality be damned, vests are key ensemble pieces this fall.


















Plaid and Grandaddy Cardigans 

There’s no sassier way to rebuke the preppy back-to-school staples (shrunken blazers, popped oxford collar) than to wear a crumpled lumberjack print and your Gramps’ oversized Izod cardigan. Moth holes welcomed.













They’re finally in again, if they were ever out… This fall, students have been seen sporting beaten up Jansports, Eastpacks and the like. Top pick goes to the jumbo L.L. Bean monogrammed packs, circa 1993.






















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  1. yeah  

    i got the L.L. Bean covered.

  2. swiss army  

    makes a good 'pack

  3. Michael  

    They really should have fashion week tickets for CU students...

  4. what the

    its like a woody allen recreation event

  5. unless

    you're marty mcfly or working in iraq, a vest is never a wise choice

  6. suggestions

    It would be nice to see less beards. This isn't a pirate ship. And less emaciated types. Again, this isn't a pirate ship.

  7. ESL Teacher

    Countable vs. Uncountable Nouns. If you can count it: Fewer
    If you cant: Less

    On the beard question: sometimes at Columbia I simply don't have time to shave in the morning and I start looking like I have a beard after two days. Fashion takes a back seat to practicality at college and if you disagree you are doing it wrong.
    "Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable we have to alter it every six months." Oscar Wilde

  8. Silly Rabbit  

    I remember coming here as a fresh-faced freshman ready to walk that metrosexual line of being fashionable at every occasion, creating some sort of allure.

    Cut to two months later where Im walking down the streets in a stained t-shirt and sweatpants.

  9. good god  

    all of these outfits are hideous!

  10. also  

    way to take a screenshot of the picture of the ginger after having selected the area already. the little circles are cute.

  11. come on bowg  

    those strappy leather sandals are all over the place, if thats not fashion then i dont know what is

  12. homer  

    so athena bound on the fair sandals...

  13. Anonymous  

    Check out the leg sticking out of the bag in the second-to-bottom picture. Girl is carrying around a dead body, all friggin' casual-like.

  14. is the bwog

    trying to be the sartorialist?

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