10 Reasons Why North By South Is The Best New College Brand

10 Reasons Why North By South Is The Best New College Brand

With endless combinations in your favorite team's colors, you need these T-shirts in your closet.
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As millennials, we're constantly searching for new trends. Styles change, but what hasn't changed much is the college wardrobe—that is, wearing T-shirts pretty much daily. After learning about North by South, a T-shirt company founded by an alumni of Georgetown University and Sigma Phi Epsilon, I realized that I've found the next big thing.

North by South's shirts combine the formality of a men's tie with the comfort of a T-shirt, making it an easy addition to anyone's closet. Here are just a few reasons why NxS is the best new college brand, but be sure to check out Northbysouthapparel.com or like their Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram pages for more information about the products and upcoming sales.

1. It updates the most popular item in a college student's closet—the T-shirt.

College students, both men and women alike, enjoy wearing T-shirts to class. It's by far the easiest choice when you're rolling out of bed 20 minutes before class starts.

2. The pockets are made from men's neckties.

Because of the difference in texture, the pockets look (and feel) really cool in person, not to mention the patterns and designs draw people's attention without being too flashy. Plus, for ladies, it's a cute way to rock a men's wardrobe staple.

3. NxS was started by a college student.

We all dream of becoming great people after graduation, right? Well, the founder of NxS, Matt Aronson, started the company while he was still an undergrad, proving that good ideas don't have to wait until you have your degree.

4. They partner with the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

What's better than a company that loves to give back? NxS supports the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Central and Western North Carolina, and will be donating a portion of their 2016 sales to the organization in order to help children with life-threatening illnesses.

5. The pockets come in your favorite school, city, or team's colors.

NxS allows you to show your school or team pride in a unique way. With names like "The Tallahassee" or "The ATL," it's easy to identify your college or hometown. Plus, the pockets pair well with almost any of the shirt colors.

6. There are different fits for women and men.

As much as sorority women love their big T-shirts, sometimes, it's nice to have the option to wear a shirt that isn't, well, huge. NxS gives you the option to choose from a men's or a women's collection, which changes the cut of the shirt while still giving you the same patterns and colors to choose from.

7. They pair well with almost anything.

The best thing about these shirts is that they complement pretty much anything you're wearing, whether it's sweatpants, jeans, khakis, or leggings. Because NxS shirts can be dressed up or down, they're a great addition to anyone's closet, whether you're trying to look preppy or casual.

8. They're customizable and unique.

With 25 different pocket patterns and five shirt colors to choose from, the combinations are endless. You can buy multiple shirts while still getting a completely different look from every single one. Plus, these shirts are unique, and you'll be setting the trend for your classmates.

9. They allow you to dress up while dressing down.

Being comfortable doesn't have to mean looking sloppy! North by South enhances the classic T-shirt with a tie pocket, which can make even the most casual outfit look more professional. Plus, you can wear them to class, while lounging around the house, or for your weekend adventures.

10. The brand focuses on positivity and individuality.

On social media, NxS's "Tuesday Tips" feature quotes to inspire followers. The much needed motivation, especially during those stressful times during the semester, emphasize the idea that anything is possible (like starting your own company while still in college). Knowing that North by South seeks to put positive vibes into the world makes me feel even better about wearing this brand.

Cover Image Credit: Northbysouthapparel.com

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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A Few Birthday Thoughts

Goodbye teenage years, hello twenties!

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So, it is looking like I am about to leave my teenage years behind. I think that I want to reflect back on this time in my life and think about what I want to keep with me in my twenties and maybe some things I can let go. My teenage years have been full of love from my family and friends; hard work to make good grades in school and creating art. I developed several great friendships that I have held on to across the miles even though I went to college 14 hours away from our previous home. I am so thankful for the friendships I have made in college as well.

It seems like friends you make in your childhood and younger years can really stand the test of time. Maybe it is because when you became friends you were truly who you were. Everyone was genuine and didn't put up walls to protect themselves. You got to know someone on a deeper more personal level more quickly than if you had met later in life. I also think we laughed even more as children and that always creates good memories to look back on. So I think in my twenties I will try to hang on to the "childish" way of making friends. I will try to show my true self and will accept them for who they are, and we will laugh....a lot.

I think a good thing to let go of is always trying to make dead-end relationships work. When we were children on the playground and we tried to play a game together or jump rope and it just wasn't working, we would run off and find someone else. It was easy. It was just natural. Now sometimes I find myself trying to stay in a relationship by being overly nice, giving gifts, trying to find what pushes the persons "good" buttons. I might spend so much time trying to figure this person out that I leave out more solid relationships that are worth my time. So in my twenties, I will try to be more realistic about who to spend my time on. Some people are just never going to stand the test of time. I can continue to be cordial but won't let them rule my time and thought life.

As children, we loved our parents and siblings and would show love to them in a myriad of ways. Maybe it was hugs, pictures on the fridge, good night kisses, playing games, or just quality time spent together as a family. Starting my twenties, I am mature enough to realize the value of these people in my life. Thankfully, I have always known this. I was never the type that was embarrassed if someone saw me walking with my Mom or Dad or being dropped off in the Mom Van somewhere. I always knew these people loved me more than anyone else I was about to meet. But in my twenties, I plan to keep up with my family even when I am eight hours away from them. We are never too old to need the love of family.

As weird as it is to say goodbye to my teenage years, it's honestly helped me to soak in the precious moments of everyday life and treasure them even more. Every year when birthdays come around, it always serves as a reminder how quickly the days, months, and years fly by. I think that has been one difficult part of this birthday season. It's hard to say goodbye to the past, without a clear map of the future. But, I must remind myself that this is why growing up is a beautiful thing- as we live life and experience new things, we are better prepared for what the future may hold. Everything that I have experienced in my 20 years has served an important purpose- to make me into the person I am supposed to become. Yes, life is always changing and so am I... and change can be hard. Very hard. But one thing to remember is God is always constant. He will never change. No matter what number is on your birthday cake, He is always there...the same God yesterday, today and tomorrow. He is the Rock that we will always be able to cling to. Isn't that a wonderful thought? Even if we don't know what's in His plans for us in the coming year, it's important to make Him a part of our plans. Rather than worry about change, let's embrace it all- the good and the bad- and look to the Lord to see how He will guide and shape us.

Teenage years- the time has come. I must say goodbye to you now. But, you will never be forgotten. I will hold your memories in my heart forever. Twenties- I am excited for all that awaits me.

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." - Joshua 1:9

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