Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Southern Gentleman

During college I met one of my absolute besties to this day.

She is about as New Yorka as they come….she wears the BIG earrings, has “the poof” hairstyle, heels that could double as telephone poles, is a die heard Yankees fan and of course….has miles of swagga. She is very proud of her northern roots. I jokingly call her SarahBelle and tell  her despite her love of oversized baseball caps and black tennis shoes that she’s going to marry a Baptist preacher, have five children and take up sewing and canning. She loves it.
  
Apart from the Bojangles and girl's affinity for wearing cocktail dress to football games, one of the things that perplexed Sarah the most about our region was the classic Southern Gentleman….which populated nearly every crevice of our college campus. It has been a long-standing joke between us every time we spot a “southern gentleman.” We always text when we do. But it occurred to me some of you may be as perplexed as Sarah over this Southern breed of a guy.

So how DO you spot a Southern Gentleman? It is in fact, very easy as they are all in uniform:

Polo – Every color or striped pattern possible, the polo is the staple shirt of the SG. 

Croakie – What the heck is a croakie? It’s a strap for your sunnies to keep them afloat should they fall in the water while on the boat. (Even I have to confess this is an ingenious invention)





Khaki pants (preferably with some kind of embroidery on it….These can also be swapped out for a pair of madras shorts)




Boat Shoes – Rain, sleet, snow….the SG always rocks the sperry! 


Embroidered Belt – No plain leather will do for the SG. Our boys hold their pants up with hemp belts sporting the South Carolina flag or some scaled creature of the ocean.


The Swoop – Most people will believe that Justin Bieber started the swoop hair trend but they would be, in fact, wrong. It’s the southern fraternity boy that started this hairy trend. 

 
I feel so controversial writing this! (Please don't hate me if you are married to or dating a SG!) ;)

I may be the only one of my friends who is not a fan of the SG look….which I would never outright say in public …..probably because I would likely be stoned across the Mason Dixon Line.

Isn't it funny how certain parts of the nation adopt certain styles?
Any SG’s in your region of the nation?


39 comments:

amber said...

hahaha i also live in the south and see many guys that sport this look. (my hubby is not one of them, thank goodness!)

Ginger said...

Thanks for enlightening me about the sunglass strap; I never knew there was an actual word for it. I detest the look, too, as so many of them are snobs...dating way back to the early-mid '80s when I was at Columbia College and met some of said boys at USC.

Seashells and Southern Belles said...

hahahahah I love that you point out that the Beibs did not start the "swoop" haircut!! I tend to go for what I like to call the "country preppy" look, ha Which does not include short shorts!! I'm sure you are a large fan of this look as well ;-)

jillian :: cornflake dreams. said...

hahah! LOVE this. i saw a LOTTA southern gentlemen when i was living in charleston, sc. not really my style but h has been known to wear a few polo shirts. AND pretty sure he owns plaid shorts. no critters or sunglass straps tho. xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

Chelsea said...

HAHAHA this is awesome!!! I'm from Northern Virginia so I didn't really know about the SG look until I went away to college. You are spot on with this! Personally, I don't love the uniform they sport, but to each their own I guess :)

Fit With Flash said...

lol this is sooooo true. love it

megan said...

Ha, I have to admit, I do love a SG. But not that coochie cutter shorts that some of them wear. I'm pretty in love with Cameron's swoop haha!

Young and Fabulous said...

hahaha i LOVED every part of this post!

there are definately SG's up here and everyone just calls them preppy, or "ya dudes" because they just are always sayin ya dude to eachother and being obnoxious haha so i must agree, i am not a fan of SG's aka northern ya dudes

whats with the look of khaki pants with ugly lobster or palm tree embroidery?! i never fully understood that phenomenon!

xoxox

Ashley said...

WOW - this is too friggin' funny! Mostly because its so true...even here in North Carolina! LMAO...thanks for that laugh this morning Ash!

Jamie said...

Oh gosh...you have this down to a T!

Katie said...

You are awesome. Billy is NOT a SG whatever this is. He is a prep but then also tries to wear flat billed hats which just confuses the crap outta me. I must say I'm happy though bc now I will just him whatever I like and that eliminates these problems HAHA

Chelsea said...

aint. that. the. TRUTH!

thats why i picked austin. he was sort of the best of both worlds. southern, but since he was an athlete he dressed more... um non-SG. of course always wears the polos and sometimes boatshoes. but id probably have to pay him money to wear the shorts with embroidered little creatures on them!

i could really go on and on about this topic. and yes. sorry beibs. but SG's totally started the hair swoop trend. the truth hurts

annahita said...

too funny... DJ dressed like that in college (aka fratastic) but he got over that real quick! now we get a chuckle out of the "SGs" we see :)

Candace said...

This is too funny. My mom was born and raised in the south and tried dressing my brothers this way. Didn't work. Probably because we were in Nebraska. Haha.

Lindsey said...

um yes, every frat dude at my college was a SG. I've never been into them and I think it is so ridiculous! Like a polo is fine. But you don't need a Polo, Polo Shorts, the swoop and boat shoes. Get out of here you yuppie!!!!

Niki said...

I live and work in the Charleston area and I see more SG's than I know what to do with! You are missing a few small key pieces tho...

- visor with or without a sailfish or boating company on it.

- Columbia fishing shirt. These can be seen when they go out drinking directly after fishing. You know, before they clean up and put on their polo.

- Coon eyes.

- Bow tie probably with criters on it as well.

Abby said...

OMG SGs ran rampant at my college and I always avoided them like the plague...jk
There were a few good ones, but I was not a fan of most of them

Ashton said...

ohhh I swoon for a SG! The frat swoop can't be to long, though. And the shorts can't be too short.

Katie said...

ahaha! So funny! I can just imagine these guys...I see them on vacation in NC allllll the time :)

Jenny said...

I love this! And it is soooo true!

Shannon said...

Hilarious. That makes me think Andy Bernard from "The Office" is the epitome of a SG. LOL

rkjalernpan said...

I love this! Moving from Hawaii to start college in North Carolina I was in for a surprise when encountering the SG and to top it off my best friend is from New Hampshire so we bumbled through the likes and stronger dislikes of the typically "fratty" southern gentleman.

Rissy said...

I like a compromise of the SG look and not so preppy look...

but FYI, northern Virginia is full of boys who attended college down south, became SGs, then migrated. My friend Dave never went south of Virginia and dresses as such (but claims he doesn't)

I swoon a little over a less intense SG look... don't judge me.

Molly said...

You are SPOT ON! I love it! And I loooove SG's. Being a transplant from the midwest, I can confirm that my gf's and I looked for the same things when we moved to Charleston a few years ago. I have to say that I prefer this look to that of a northerner (minus the short shorts).

Ruthie said...

I am all about the SG, I admit. I love the swoop (or as my 5 year old cousin calls it, the "buckhead swoop." I don't know what it is but some khaki shorts and a polo get me EVERY time!

Alex said...

THANK YOU for not being a fan!! I was afraid this post was going to be a testament to their hotness or something, which I would have disagreed with. This is what all the frat guys looked like in college. I went to a ginormous school in Texas, but frats weren't really cool to join...probably because all the guys looked like this.

Jenna said...

Bahahaha I am totally peeing my pants right now - my boyfriend spent a semester at Clemson in 2009 and we were so perplexed by the guys dress code there!

xoxo
Jenna

Sam {fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com} said...

HAHAHAHA!!!! i am married to one of these. i used to not be into the look, but now i love it (naturally).

Courtney said...

Oh My!! I live in DC and there are plenty of SG's here! This is where they all come to get their first big boy job. My local sports bar is the home of the Gamecock Alumni if that says anything :)

Blair said...

Love this. I went to Ole Miss and it's crawling with SGs that never out grow the fratastic look. Keep up the great posts!

Navia said...
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Navia said...

I like the SG look personally but it is funny when you see a group of like 20 fratenity men who are all wearing the exact same pants and southern tide polo but in a different color.

You forgot to add in:
costa hat or visor (at my schoool the guys would wear the visors sideways for some reason)

PFG shirts

All the SGs I know are either preppy hippies or country preps. They not just plain SGs anymore. But, those could just be the guys I know.

Megan said...

I am definitely NOT a fan of this look either! So glad my husband dresses normal. Or semi-normal at least. Haha. But this totally made me laugh, especially the Beiber part!

chocolate-cheese-and-wine.com said...

Love it! This is hilarious and so true!

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

BAHAHA - i'm not offended! i actually laughed out loud at this. though i am engaged to an SG, probably the only thing he rocks out in are those polo shirts - which i don't mind so much. everything else, not so much - PRAISE THE LORD! ha!

Sundresses and Smiles said...

Bahahah, love this post--it is so true and I have to say I'm a sucker for the "SG" look!

Tiffany said...

Love this post! Not only the SG description, but your description of your friend and prediction about the Baptist preacher made my night!

~Tiffany

Angel Glover said...

i love this! okay, so i do kind of like this style, but if i went to an in-state college, i would probably be sick of it very quickly. this describes the south so well! this is one of my favorite posts i missed while i was gone:)

Jane said...

Virginia is most definitely the South. Not sure about Northern Virginia these days, but Charlottesville, Lynchburg- and the most Southern of all male colleges- Hampden Sydney. Is in Virginia!