Want to know what the biggest new "trend" in high school is these days? Apparently it's being "frat" or "fratty" before even being in college. This photo from a high school yearbook was Tweeted out by @KYBlackOut and it seems to indicate that being so-called "fratty" is now a buregoning high school trend. By "fratty," I think they're just referring to a fashion trend, mean wearing a nice pair of boat shoes, dressing like a fully-functional adult, hating on the negative stigma of cargo shorts, and rocking brands like Vineyard Vines/Brooks Brothers, etc et al.
Our friends at TFM have some evidence documenting this trend as well, including this advice column from Rodger Dorn last month.
Also, the whole idea that this is a social trend that kids identify with that's starting to take off in high schools around the country sorta makes us cringe. There's something very poseurish about calling yourself "frat" when you're not remotely close to being able to join one. Maybe save certain social labels for college, ya'll?
But as a blogger in the so-called college and men's lifestyle space, I have to ask out of amazement. Is this true? Is this a thing? Are there really high school students out there who identify with being "fratty" or "frat" or "fratstars" before even getting accepted into college? In my day we called this sort of thing "preppy," but has that lost it's edge to being "fratty"? Tell us in the comments if this is really a thing, because we're baffled by it.
UPDATE: More evidence of the high school "frat" epidemic at TFM, this time citing a Houston-area high school yearbook.