...vs. Columbia

The anxiety of influence must be tough to bear at Columbia and Barnard - especially when it comes to fashion. Fuddy-duddy wool blazers of the sort Michael Caine wore in Woody Allen flicks are still a popular choice, and Marc Jacobs has cinched the popularity of the Ali McGraw-esque knit hats this season. Students wore shorts and flip flops even on a cold day, Converse All-Stars (still), plaid pants, jewel tones, Euro sport zip-up jackets, and - dare I say it? - sheer black stockings. Worn with boots, they can actually look chic.