Friday, May 1, 2009

Things that Make Me Smile: Orange You Glad It's Friday?

In late-May/early-June of each year, the small town of Princeton, New Jersey nearly doubles in size as roughly 20,000 alumni return for Reunions.

claims that it's "the most well-attended college reunion in the world."

Campus is converted into a sea of ORANGE and BLACK as alumni, their partners, children, and, yes, even their pets, get into the spirit. Reunions are celebrated with themes, costumes, fireworks, and the famous P-RADE, in which alumni march along a parade route according to their graduating class and show off their finest Tiger gear.

Photo courtesy of The Daily Princetonian
(It's easier to wear these unflattering Halloween-esque colors when you consider that Reunions are allegedly Budweiser's single-largest order of the year...)

Princetonians take Reunions VERY seriously:

Photo courtesy of The Daily Princetonian

Many Princetonians admit that their normal reunions fears (needing to lose weight, not wanting to run into an ex) are exacerbated by the need to find the PERFECT orange and black ensemble. It's something that crosses my mind every time I see a shade of orange or a tiger print.

So here are a few ideas for what my friends and I might wear to show our Tiger pride.

J.Crew // T-Bags // J.Crew

Ralph Lauren // Loeffler Randall // Lilly Pulitzer

Nanette Lepore // Alice & Olivia


Clockwise from Top Left: Noah // Tory Burch // Kate Spade // Vineyard Vines for Princeton


Bottega Venetta // Kate Spade // Coach // J.Crew

And a few Accessories to add the perfect finishing touch.

Hermes // Emporio Armani (it's a men's watch, yes, but it's fun)
Celine // J.Crew crewcuts // Thread Social

They may be a bit tacky, but Jellies make me SO nostalgic for my childhood, and are wonderful for romping through the rain and muck that comes with every Reunions season.

See by Chloe // Tory Burch // Givenchy

In case that's not enough, you can bring out the big guns.

// Hunter //

Here are some more delicate options, should the sun decide to shine:

// "T" is for "Tiger"...and Tory Burch and Tod's //

Clockwise from Top Left: K. Jacques // J.Crew //Michael Kors // Kate Spade // Mystique // Juicy Couture

And it's important to have some dressier options in case your boyfriend treats you
to dinner at The Ferry House. (*hint hint*)

Clockwise from Top Left: Bottega Venetta // Vera Wang // Halston // Oscar de la Renta // Alice & Olivia // Camilla and Marc
Yves Saint Laurent (aren't these sort of awful?!) // Kate Spade // Yves Saint Laurent

T-28 Days.


BLC :o said...

J'adore orange! Mostly because I went to Clemson. Hehe. Xoxo-BLC

Kate said...

Wow, I never know there were so many cute pieces in orange!

I vote for the Loeffler Randall or Alice + Olivia dresses

ms. mindless said...

fun! it is always rainy and mucky at my college reunion too (also the first weekend in may) jellies are a much better idea than wellies! question: how come princeton alumni refer to reunion as 'reunions' and not just 'reunion weekend' just plain 'reunion' like other schools? hope you have a fabulous time!

CJM said...

BLC--You must show me what you wear for your alumni gatherings! I'd love to compare Orange notes!

Kate--I think you have great taste! the A&O dresses are definitely my favorites!

Ms. Mindless--I think we call them "Reunions" in the plural because all graduated classes come back for the same weekend. I think many schools celebrate only certain classes (those who are commemorating their 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th Reunion, etc.), but Princeton Reunions celebrate all graduated classes simultaneously. Anyway, that's the clearest answer I've been able to uncover!

Xoxo to you ladies!