Girls’ Take on Guys’ Accessories

By Jamie Ducharme

For the average jeans-and-t-shirt-wearing college boy, accessorizing properly is not top priority. But for the intrepid few who put in effort and take a risk with outfit add-ons, their risks were put to the test as we polled girls to see what works and what doesn’t.


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“I am almost always a fan, and will notice a nice beanie. They aren’t just for dudes, either.” – Cara McGrath, third year, graphic design

“Dude beanies are good with the right outfit and style, but super yuck when you can tell it’s just there to hide greasy hair and poor hygiene.” – Jordan Mandell, third year, health sciences

“Boys in beanies give me warmth on a cold winter’s day.”—Megan Shanahan, sophomore, business



“Guys, let the girls handle this one.” – McGrath

“A nice timepiece will almost always grab my attention in a good way, but giant diamond studs or other piercings are a no-go.” – Mandell

“Subtlety is key in the relationship of boys and jewelry. I personally appreciate this accessorizing on men, but definitely keep it simple.” – Shanahan

Skinny ties

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“Where did these things come from? Skinny ties are pretty rad. They definitely complement a well-fitting suit.” – McGrath

“With the right proportions, skinny ties are my all-time favorite.” – Mandell

“I wouldn’t rock it to a job interview, definitely for a fancy night out though.” – Shanahan

Man purses


“I’m not too sure about the man purse/satchel trend. My skepticism grows as I ponder it more. But if it’s large enough to be considered a messenger bag then, heck, wear on!” – McGrath

“I’ll pass on the murses and satchels, but messenger bags are a thing that can and should happen. Classier than a backpack, but just as functional.” – Mandell

“Say no to the murse.” – Shanahan

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