8 Elements of 'Jersey Shore' Style

In case you want to "club it up" or something

I'm not knocking on the cast of the new MTV reality series, Jersey Shore (which premieres tonight at 10 p.m. EST on MTV). Hey, I'm from New Jersey, too, and have spent summers at the very shore town where the show's first season was set. If you want to blow out your hair and shake what your momma gave you, more power to you. I'll even help y'all out in case you want to "club it up" at the Jersey shore like Mike, Vinny, Angelina, Sammi, Ronnie, Nicole and Jenni. Here's what you'll need:

A tan: According to Pauly D, tanning is an integral part about being a "guido" (or guidette, for that matter). He's so serious about his culture that he even has his own tanning bed in his home. If you're weary about going under the rays, try a spray tan perhaps. You can surf BeachBumTanning.com for locations in order to get some much-needed color, minus the UV dangers, for starters.

The pompadour: Nicole (a.k.a. "Snooki") uses a fancy banana clip on the back of her head to achieve the hair poof. You might also want to try a Bumpit, which is available at Bumpits.com for $9.99. Simply separate hair, clip it on, and cover.

Lip balm: You might already have this in common with Ronnie. He never leaves home without his protein powder and lip balm. (I think he uses Burt's Bees, in fact, during the first episode of the show.) Whether you're a male or female, down at the Jersey shore, summer-share residents must keep their lips nice and moist at all times.

Short shorts: "The smaller, the better," says Sammi. She prefers a pair of white ones, which look great with very tone, tan legs, but I'm sure any pair will accomplish the same feat.

Acid-washed jeans: If you're not quite into the micro-short look -- maybe it's too cold out? -- you can do what JWOWW did their first night out together as a group, which is to rock a pair of acid-washed jeans with black biker boots over 'em. If your '80s-inspired denim has chains hanging off them, even better.

An Ed Hardy T-shirt (for your man): The graphic tees are a great alternative to topless boyfriends who harbor "Rambo-like" abs like, Mike, too. His muscle-y mid-section is the story behind his nickname, "The Situation" (because it is one... apparently).

Stunna shades: No one does the sunglasses-at-night-when-indoors thing better than Jersey boys. (And yes, I can say that because I am from the Garden State). Vinny wears his in the hot tub even. Some girls aren't huge fans of this though. Nicole, for instance, yelled at him during the first episode because she "wants to see his eyeballs."

A garbage bag: If you're going down to the Jersey shore for the summer, leave the luggage at home, ladies. Instead, use a garbage bag. That's what Angelina packed her clothes in during the first season. Pauly D thought it was "kind of ghetto," but if you think about it, it makes sense. It's not like short shorts, bikinis and acid-washed jeans wrinkle anyway. Luggage, schmuggage.

What do you think of Jersey Shore style? Likes or yikes?

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