Meet the boys:
A: Michael. GS/JTS 2014. Financial Economics and Modern Jewish Studies Major. VP of Columbia Financial Investment Group.
B: Anonymous. Your average male at your average bars who walks around campus and sees these "fashion" choices more than an average amount of times.
C: Zak. CC 2012. English Lit Major, Business Management Concentration. Watches an average 2.8 movies per week, digs basketball, and eats well and often. His dream job incorporates but is not limited by an unhealthy addiction to science, fiction, and Science Fiction.
Tights under dresses/skirts when going out at night:
A: It could happen
B: If it's cold, we get it. If it's warm, you're not fooling anyone.
C: Pro. Not wearing tights with a skirt in winter says one of two things. Either (a) you’re really trying to get some (or all) guys’ attention or (b) you’re trying to get obliterated. Both seem to have a semi-foregone conclusion.
Heels to class:
A: Wayyyy over the top.
B: Unless they are the shorter wedgey type thing, there's no reason to try this hard. We know you know what you're doing, and that's more distracting than any potential sexy points you may collect from having worn them in the first place.
C: Subtlety is important. Do not rock stilettos to a psych lecture, but I’ve learned recently there is such a thing as a laid-back heel.
Gym clothes to class:
A: I'm not against it.
B: God bless you for actually going to the gym.
C: Gym clothes to class is cool. Gym sweat to class is not. That said, fitness is more important than a one-time in-class faux pas.
Leggings as pants:
B: If you've got the ass and legs, these are like kryptonite for boys. If you haven't been giving your gym clothes and the gym proper attention, these only show everything you'd typically want to hide. They can offer the support that makes some things look good, but sometimes what is seen in these cannot be unseen.
C: I’m with this. No complaints. Keep it up.
Hair up vs. hair down:
B: Totally up to the dude. To me, few things are sexier than a pony tail, a baseball cap, and some bummy jeans and t-shirts, but that may be due to a nichey regional upbringing.
C: This varies from girl to girl. Recently there has been this whole power bun thing going on that I’m not against, but it is tough to pull off. If I had to choose, I’d say hair down.
A: Either work.
B: These are fine. Don't do it too often or we'll ask you to start slamming Natties with us on the regular. These are particularly cute when paired with nopants/shorts/tights.
C: Moot. My only complaint is that it can sometimes detract from a woman’s feminine look. Of course, when it is done well, it is done really, really well.
Sweats in public:
A: Don't sweats count as gym clothes?
B: We all have those days, I get it. Don't make it a habit, at least around the boys you want to impress. We associate sweats with bumming on couches on a Sunday passing around nachos and farts.
C: Generally just signals “athlete.” So sue me.
“Boyfriend” (baggy, mens-ish) jeans:
C: Actually am into this. A bunch of European girls I know rock this look and it works really well. Gives off a bunch of attitude.
A: I'm a fan.
B: Who are you trying to fool? We know what's under there. If you've no stomach to hide then do yourself a favor and just wear regular waist stuff. Unless you're into a very fashion-savvy boy, the rest of us think these look kinda doofy. Very hard to pull off.
C: Generally pro, but has been sort of overdone. If it is your style, then go for it, but more and more girls seem to be throwing it into the mix of their otherwise straight-laced look.
Thongs vs. boyshorts:
A: Why is this even a question? Thongs.
B: If we've made it that far we most likely couldn't give two shits less. Boyshorts are hot in that they make the little bottom cheeky parts of your ass look awesome. Thongs are hot in that they fully display a good ass in all its asstacular glory. If you're really concerned: Go with the boyshorts if you aren't confident in your asses natural elassticity, otherwise, thong it up. Thick banded lacy deals are a perfect meet-halfway compromise, and are in all likelihood better than the other two. Go figure I spend the most typed characters on this section.
C: Honestly, boyshorts. A girl who confidently wears boyshorts understands the value of understatement. Thongs are fantastic—don’t get me wrong—but boyshorts can be just as sexy without giving as much away.
B: Stop worrying about these. Wear them if you have to. Often times you look a little more innocent/cutesy in them, and some guys are into that in the least fetishy way possible.
C: Could go really bad or really good. Once again, it is all about a touch of tastefulness. Understated and simple glasses are my favorite because they bring out a girl’s face rather than just showcasing themselves.
Any general words of wisdom:
B: Just be confident in whatever it is you do wear. If you're unsure about what you're wearing, we can sense it, and that's more uncomfortable than your wearing your high-waisted trousers up to your nipples.
C: Commit to a style. That can be your own unique style or something more low key, but just stick with it. Girls who are constantly changing their look or trying to dress in the latest stuff tend to just seem confused. And the whole confidence factor goes without saying.