Swim Trunks

I had received a few messages from you guys asking for swimwear ideas for the upcoming summer season. Unfortunately, I am too late catching you before heading out with the Brothers on your Spring Break road trip from Columbia to…

Patagonia Synchilla Snap-T Pullover

I admit it. It’s an unhealthy obsession. And with close to 30 years of one-of-a-kind mouth watering colors and patterns, there’s just too many to choose from. So far I have four trophies. A normal person would say that is…

What is “Fratty”?

Around this time of year, soon-to-be college students all across the country depart from their mediocre high school existence and prepare to enter a beautiful rite of passage known as Freshman Year…just as supposedly-wisdomed and matured Seniors graduate with their…

Tech Prep

A recent email from a reader asked for my advice on a particular embarkation he was gearing up for: A week long backpacking adventure through the Colorado Rockies. He was looking for an outdoor kit that could be be both…

New Balance & Athletic Shoes

You’d think as a Tradster, I walk the life of an old mundane gentry while balking at today’s youth and all of their jibber-jabbery. Say, with their iTelephones, Youtelevision, and Twatter. That I wear a prized Oxford Cloth Button Down,…

Croakies

Ah Croakies….the bastion of fratdaddies every where. What’s my take on it? Enjoy it while it lasts. When you’re an undergraduate party-all-night-to-hell-with-my-9am-lecture student, you are afforded guaranteed mistakes that must be avoidedwhen you get into Van Wilder’s age. I’m referring…

“Stop Trying So Hard”

The following is a burriful rage by an elder Fraternity Brother and Senior. I can add more to the topic later, but this deserves it’s own post and sums up everything I agree with. Main takeaway: The key to keeping…

Themed Parties

My graduate program holds an annual Back To School Bash to help get our partying out of our systems before the real “fun” begins of stressful nights and just-barely passed exams. This year the theme was nautical influenced, so I…

Chubbies

You guys know I’m all for short shorts. If you have the busting quads then get a pair of Chubbies. They’re about to become really popular and some of their styles have already been placed on backorder since their recent…

Game Day

Game Day

While rewatching last week’s Duke/UNC basketball game on ESPN3 the other day, the camera panned the crowd and I caught the guy pictured below. He has a typical fratty outfit, with the douchey go-to-hell attitude exclaimed by wearing the aviators…

Duck Head Chinos

Ubiquitous with southern preps in the 1980s, Duck Head khakis are an icon of a by-gone era. Almost every kid from grade school to college owned at least one pair, and were seen almost exclusively in the Carolinas, Virgina, Georgia,…