The sound of new beginnings rings throughout Morehouse College as unseasoned and undaunted freshmen are inducted into the institution. However, as parents are dropping off their college bound sons, frantically double-checking that they have everything that they need, one thing has fallen between the cracks – a suit.
Over 60 years ago when Dr. Martin Luther King once walked the campus as an average student, the dress code spoke strictly of business attire. The tweed sport coats, slim tapered pants and two-piece mod suits played into the cultural paradigm of the all men’s college. Due to this set style of formality, the Class of 2019’s lack of attire alarms the greater academic community.
Entering an institution such as Morehouse without a suit can easily represent inexperience and simply not knowing. These newly inducted men must first be taught by Mother Morehouse that not only does a crown exist, or how to wear it, but that a suit must be worn with it.
“Over the heads of her students, Morehouse holds a crown that she challenges them to grow tall enough to wear,” said Howard Thurman ’23, a world-famous theological scholar who mentored King.
Suits in mainstream society might equate to intellectual and monetary wealth. The suit holds similar status within the Morehouse community, because with wholeness and brotherhood comes uniformity.
“A suit in the black community represents prestige; moral symbols and life principles are attributed to clothes black men wear,” Tre’von Hill, a senior Psychology major at Morehouse, said.
The Class of ’19 is not yet off the hook. Yes, a suit must be obtained – even if you’re not a business major. But it must be a tailored one at that, because baggy clothes will no longer fly. Whether it is a tuxedo or a business suit, it must be personalized to appropriately fit your body shape.
One might think that getting clothes tailored is for the bourgeoisie, and college students especially might be hesitant. However, getting suits tailored is not as expensive as most think and below are a few locations that are quality yet cost-effective tailors in the Atlanta area.
- M Street Cleaners
964 Marietta St. NW, Atlanta, GA. 30318
- Q Tailors
Phipps Plaza, 3500 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30326
- Bangkok Tailor & Alterations
736 Ponce De Leon Ave., NE Ste K, Atlanta, GA 30306
Staff Writer – Fashion