The Greek Guide to a Frat Dress Code

August 5, 2019

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When building your college wardrobe, it’s important to keep one thing in mind if you’re considering going Greek—the frat dress code. Now you may be thinking, “I don’t want to look like a basic bro,” but believe us. When it comes to frat rush, basic is better. Let us begin.


Basics of a Frat Dress Code

There are some obvious staples across the board when it comes to a frat dress code, but we encourage you to use these items as a starting point for your wardrobe. Once you get comfortable with the basics, you can move onto some advanced-level frat dress-code pieces and strategies.


Sun’s Out, Guns Out

There’s no better time to flex on the haters than when the sun is out. Because when the sun’s out, so are the guns. But it’s not enough to simply expose your hard-earned muscle definition, you also need a tank top that clearly defines your guns are out and about.

Don’t scroll any further until you really let that sink in. You just can’t let anyone get confused about whether or not the guns are out. It’s extremely important. Which brings us to our next point…


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Sky’s Out, Thighs Out

Now, you may have seen other guys around campus wearing cargo shorts. If you have cargo shorts in your current wardrobe, it’s OK. We’ve all been there. But it’s time to graduate to a more advanced pair of shorts.

Chubbies shorts are a staple of the frat dress code. They’ve famously coined the “sky’s out, thighs out” mantra and rightfully so. It may seem like utilizing the combined flex of both guns and thighs at once is an advanced frat dress-code move, but we haven’t even scratched the surface.

Pro-tip: try searching for “Chubbies alternatives” for some low-cost options. College students are ballin’ on a budget these days.


Boat Shoes

Depending on the terrain and weather of the area you live in, your foot attire may vary slightly. A well-rounded choice of shoe for the frat dress code is an old-fashioned boat shoe—tried and true.

Sperry tends to be the go-to brand for boat shoes, but another excellent (and less expensive) option for the same look exists! Try Dockers on for size.


The Casual Polo

Remember cargo shorts? Well, there’s a cargo short of the fratty shirt world and its name is Aeropostale. You’ll find a more sophisticated casual polo shirt for your frat wardrobe at a brand like Ralph Lauren or Lacoste.

Having a casual polo in each of your power colors (the ones you look best in) is essential for the number of chapter meetings, philanthropy events and most importantly, rush week.


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Wayfarers and Croakies®

It’s time to accessorize. We’re not talking about chain wallets here. The only item that should be connecting one thing to another on your person is your Croakies® securing your sunglasses to your noggin.

Wayfarers are the most important frat dress-code accessory you can invest in. Not only do they protect your precious vision from the sun’s harmful rays, but they also make you look extremely cool with no effort.


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If you wear glasses normally, you may want to get some prescription Wayfarers so you never have to sacrifice functionality for your aesthetic.

These sunglasses can be a little pricey, so that’s where the Croakies® come in. You don’t have to spend a ton of money on Croakies® (they even sell them on Amazon), but they’re essential to prevent the catastrophic loss of your sunglasses.


Snapbacks and Visors

There are two basic ways to cover up a bad hair day (be honest with yourself, we all have them)—the snapback and the visor. There are a ton of options for either of these, whether your priority is of sun-shielding or gel-wielding variety.

The important note here is that a visor is a little more advanced than the snapback. There’s an attitude that comes with a visor that you just can’t ignore. Use your best judgment to either subdue or amplify this ‘tude to your advantage.



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The Iconic Toga

Last, but definitely not least, we have to talk about togas. Yes, they are a real thing, and yes, you need to learn how to make one.

Due to the natural simplicity of a toga’s design, you can either keep it basic or get creative and put some of your personality into it. Obviously, we would recommend the latter.

Togas may not be used as frequently as the aforementioned items on this list, but they are still a basic necessity for building a fratty wardrobe (and they’re the most fun!).


Taking Your Frat Dress Code to Next Level

So, do you feel like you have a pretty good handle on the basics of a frat dress code? Great. Now we’re going to move on to the more advanced moves.


Multi-Brother Outfit Coordination

This tactic is used by both sorority- and fraternity-goers alike and is a highly coveted skillset—outfit coordination. It can go very badly if you don’t have everyone in the group on board, but when executed properly, it is unmatched among attention-grabbing looks.

This advanced tactic is versatile. You can coordinate outfits for socials, philanthropy events, grab-a-dates, Halloween and more! The possibilities are endless, and you can be as creative as you’re willing to put in the effort. But, we can do even better than this.


Custom Fraternity Shirts

The easiest, fastest and most fool-proof way to achieve advanced outfit coordination for your frat dress code is ordering matching shirts (because let’s be real, you can’t always trust everyone to coordinate properly).

At Metro Greek, you can customize Greek shirts and place an order for your entire chapter with the click of a button. There are a couple of different options:


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