The big joke at Vanderbilt University is that all the girls on campus were prom queens in high school and all the guys were "total nerds." So with such an imbalance of female pulchritude and fashion savvy, it might come as some surprise to learn that the most fashionable group on campus is 100 percent male.

Members of the Nu Society, a former chapter of Signa Nu (who lost their official status because of hazing), share a house off campus and exhibit a fashion sense that is unlike the preppy status quo of other fraternities. Instead of opting for frat-boy uniform of khakis and letter shirts, Nu style runs the gamut from vintage shirts mixed with Paper Denim & Cloth jeans to suits worn with Gucci loafers but without ties. "There’s a couple of us from up North and the East Coast who have a broader fashion sense, and that has influenced a lot of the guys in the house," says Nu Society senior Judd Morgenstern by way of explanation.

Lucky them. "They are the ‘It’ Boys on campus," declares Marissa Shrum, a Chi Omega at Vanderbilt. "They definitely have the highest per capita crushes." She laughs when she recalls a friend who said that every time she goes to the Nu Society house she realizes where all the hot guys on campus are hiding. "They are the best-dressed guys on campus, hands down," Shrum says. "They see the value in dressing."

Dapper and stylish,Morgenstern, who cites John Varvatos as a fashion influence, definitely fits the image. He travels to his native Chicago to shop and believes that fashion at Vanderbilt is just plain boring. "I think when a lot of people get here, they actually start conforming so they don’t stand out," he laments.

"For men, fashion is such a confidence issue," adds Ryan Thies, a Nu senior who plays in a folk-rock band and sports a moppy haircut. "You can pull off anything you feel comfortable in."

To Read the Full Article

Tap into our Global Network

Of Industry Leaders and Designers

load comments
blog comments powered by Disqus