Mikey Mitchell, junior in microbiology, wears polo shirts, khaki shorts and boat shoes on a daily basis.\
He is also a brother of Lambda Chi Alpha.
Many male college students involved in Greek Life are stereotyped as having a uniform style which consists of basic, name-brand clothing.
"I would say [fraternity guys] dress really well," Mitchell said, "Somewhat like a country club, like a 40-year-old man."
Although Greek Life stereotypes are many, the way someone dresses is the first indication of what they are involved in said Zach Franco, store manager at Urban Outfitters Knoxville in Market Square.
"Whether you have someone who is in a frat, a rapper, a skateboarder, they're all going to dress the part," Franco said. "If someone is in a fraternity, chances are the people that are in the fraternity withn them have similar interests, so they're going to tend to have similar styles."
Common pieces among Fraternity guys are Ralph Lauren polo shirts, Sperry boat shoes and Croakies eyewear retainers. Rachel Schwallie, senior in psychology, employee at Gap in West Town Mall and sister of Kappa Delta, said that name brands are popular among Greek Life because they are "known for being expensive."
"It's a status symbol," Schwallie said, "that's the whole 'I'm going to wear that polo because that polo was expensive, I'm going to wear that Brooks Brothers because it's expensive.' If you see someone with a Southern Tide shirt on, you know that's a Southern Tide shirt.
"That's just the whole fratty thing, looking like you have money."
As a first year graduate student in finance, Varick Tucker just recently invested in a formal suit. Although he said he doesn't think he dresses like a fraternity guy, he can't say anything negative about their name-brand style.
"I feel like sometimes you do have to dress the part," Tucker said, who described his style as conservative. "You wouldn't want to join a group that dresses really raggedy and look pretty beat up. You want to a group that is portrayed as being well off, not even money wise, but just well off in general, they carry themselves well and they dress
nice, and they potentially have money.
"It's not a necessity, but it's a good thing that they do that because it brings in more members and brings in better members."
Although Schwallie said many guys involved in Greek Life don't often shop at the Gap, she noted that observers will continually make snap-judgements on outward appearance.
"My boyfriend's not in a fraternity, and he doesn't want to look like he's in a fraternity," she said. "[He wears] regular jeans that aren't too tight, he doesn't wear Sperrys. Unfortunately, those are nice clothes that I think look really nice, but people make judgments on you whenever they see you wear that stuff. That's why he doesn't want people to think that he thinks that's he's better than them."
As for making judgments, Mitchell said it "depends on the person."
"If they like the way frat guys dress then they'll look at it positive, if they don't' like it they'll look at it in a negative way," he said. "It's the same for athletic people, and hipsters (and) baseballs players."
Franco said people "are going to dress in the stuff that they like whether they're in a frat or something else."
"Really you could change up style with something as small as accessories," Franco said. "If someone like a frat guy at the school doesn't want to look like a frat guy it's going to be a matter of him taking it into his own hands and changing it up."