As an avid user of the Snapchat "explore" page and even more so the Cosmopolitan section, I am no stranger to the types of articles I will come across. With everything from the latest trends in organic vegetables to 75 sex tips that'll spice up your summer, no topic is sacred to Cosmopolitan. Oddly enough, I admire this about the magazine. They aren't afraid to brace the topics that most people want to talk about but are too worried about being politically correct to do so. They have, however, had many controversial articles in the past, and have been criticized for a lot. As a writer myself, I understand just how hard it is to please everyone. I also know that it is said that if your articles spark controversy or response, that you are "doing something right". However, I do not see anything "right" with Cosmo's recent Snapchat article titled "10 Things You Should Never Wear After College," and here’s why.
I can’t speak on behalf of sorority members because I am not apart of one, but I am proud of the clubs and associations I am apart of. I don’t see why it is wrong to continue to be proud of the things you have been apart of after you graduate. I also know that sororities are notorious for their belief in life-long membership. It doesn’t end when college does. Keep wearing your letters!
While practical, monogramming does not exclusively serve the purpose of being able to tell your stuff apart from the other girls in your dorm. Monogramming goes back years and years and did not start with college girls differentiating their stuff from others. And, even if that was the reason you got your bag or towels monogrammed, it still serves a purpose after dorm life. Just because you moved out of a building with 100 other girls doesn’t mean your stuff wont occasionally get mixed up with another persons. Also, monograms are pretty. Keep embroidering.
What’s the big deal about what you keep your stuff in as long as it serves the purpose of holding your stuff? Cosmo identifies the “wrist strap” as “looking cheap” however I have wristlets that cost more than other “substantial” (as they’d say) bags that I own. As long as it holds my ID, phone and money, the things that keep me safe, I don’t see why the shape/size/strap matters.
PJ Pants/Giant Hoodies/Graphic T-Shirts
Okay, comfort and style are not mutually exclusive; they’ve got me there. However, the author left out that having a job and still being a human being are not mutually exclusive. Of course a college-educated individual is not going to show up at a professional job in a big sweatshirt. A lot of college was spent learning to do just the opposite. However, lazy weekends don’t disappear because we get a job in the professional field.
There is a time and a place for everything (ex: the PJ pants, giant hoodies, etc.), which is exactly why it is ridiculous to claim that flip flops are no longer shoes once you graduate from college. As I said before, no college educated person would show up to a professional job site wearing PJ pants, a big hoodie and flip flops. However, they don’t lose their identity as casual shoes to throw on for the right time/place just because I’ve got a diploma in my hand.
Again, there is a time and a place for everything. But, there is not always money and means for everything. If I still fit into a formal dress from college that is, at my own discretion, appropriate for an event/party/date that I have in the future, you best believe I will consider wearing it again. I probably spent way too much on it (typical of me) and not wearing it again would be a complete waste. Especially if its cute and still on trend. At least I wont show up wearing the same dress as anyone else, right? I win.
“Those Diamond Studs You Wear With Everything”
… they’re diamonds. I’ll wear them naked around the house if I want to. Who cares?
This is one I will for sure continue to wear after I graduate college. Besides the fact that bookstores overcharge for everything and my first college sweatshirt was $80, I will have sunk four years and hundreds of thousands of dollars into the school I went go to. Pride in my school doesn’t go away because I’ve crossed a stage and have a $200,000 piece of paper.
I do understand that the author of this article for Cosmo may not have taken the topic so seriously. I try not to ever criticize another authors writing, because I truly do not know the intentions behind what they have written. I myself have written articles that have a joking tone, which I know doesn’t always translate to the reader. However, I feel as though the author of this article needs a reality check. There are more important things going on in the world, which can also be said for me sitting here writing this response. But, I do believe there is still a trend among women (college aged and older) to tear each other down based on appearance as if we are still in middle school. This article does nothing to further the idea of women supporting other women whatsoever. I understand this may not have been the intention, but the impact was there.
It is disheartening to think that Cosmopolitan, a professional magazine with an audience of women of all ages, would allow a (presumably) college-educated individual to write an article that appropriates the thinking that what a woman is wearing has a direct correlation to her intelligence, ability to work and overall self-worth. Also, to think that someone still believes women need to be told what to wear, what not to wear and when to do so is archaic. We have been able to vote for over 100 years. We are surgeons, CEO’s, presidential candidates. We hold some of the most powerful, influential positions in the world, especially those “after college.” I would like to (and do) believe that Michelle Obama wears a comfy hoodie every now and again. I bet Wenya Linda Bi (female neurosurgeon) reps Harvard pretty often. The cool thing is, that we have the ability to make decisions about what to put on our bodies at our own discretion.