There was a long line at the check-out, and the woman waiting in front of me had on a sweatshirt featuring varsity-style letters of the name of the university I attended.
"What year did you graduate?" I asked her.
"Huh?" she said "I didn't go there. I found this sweatshirt in the laundromat."
Hmm, I thought, isn't there a rule you're only allowed to wear school logo clothing if you actually attended?
But, judging from hordes of tourists jamming campus shops at UC Berkeley and Stanford, snapping up tee shirts and sweatshirts, some fashion rules are meant to be broken.
Like all fashion statements, sporting the insignia of that college you didn't go to provokes strong reactions. At least Berkeley shirts only arouse a laid-back "Go Bears." Some college cheers for the home team can be a little too enthusiastic. I know a guy who often wears his girlfriend's University of Mississippi tee shirt, and nearly every time some stranger hollers "Flim Flam, Bim Bam, Ole Miss, by damn!"
Wearing an Alabama sweatshirt means random shouts of "Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer!" And don't get my friend Kelly started on her first time wearing that Arkansas shirt she bought at a garage sale, not realizing "Woo-Pig-Sooie!" is their team chant.