Fall Fashion at Penn: How to Basics

Do you feel like a disgrace to the Ivy League when you walk down Locust in sweatpants and a T-shirt for the third day in a row? The same sweatpants and T-shirt? Ever wonder how to keep up with the modern vintage intellectual trend that’s sweeping campus? Want to learn how motivate the last remnants of your tired empty soul to layer outfits in the morning? Maybe even match your aesthetic to your coffee cup in a way that says “I have my shit together and you don’t”?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, then this is the listicle for you. Fall is the perfect time to spruce up your look and Punch Bowl is here to provide you with the hottest tips to keep up with the international students in your 9 AM lectures. Here are a few of the basics:


  1. Invest in a pair of culottes! Culottes provide the loose effortless look of sweatpants while still letting the world know that you have an artistic side and a small waist line. They are the perfect way to say “I don’t care” while also saying “I really care way too much”.

  1. Or buy some mom jeans! That’s right! We have communally decided that skinny jeans are not worth it and it is socially acceptable to wear this classic staple again (BUT ONLY IF YOU ROLL THE BOTTOM). They let the world know that you are a free thinker ( recently a fashionable thing). Plus it’s vintage! (Just like communism!)

  1. Make sure to have an oversize sweater that suggests you enjoy thrifting. Obviously it doesn’t actually have to be used, but it should look like it was worn by your father in the 1970’s.

4. Whatever you do, don’t be yourself unless yourself has an amazing degree of casually fashionable fashion.

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