With “Sons of Anarchy” about to ride into the series sunset, main character and matriarch Gemma Teller will soon be gone. However, her fashion legacy appears to be going nowhere, judging by the number of society women still tucking tight pants into biker boots. This look has been around for as many seasons as “The Sons” and, unlike the cast, shows no sign of dying.

Most women assume, like bikers themselves, that perception is reality and looking bad-ass will convey the status.

To pull off the Gemma Teller brand, a woman has to look like men have run over her a few times, but she’s kicked out her share of taillights, too. Thanks to the eternal nature of the Internet, ladies can pose as her for years to come — purses, rings, sunglasses, jeans — even the streaks in her hairstyle. There’s also a biker chic makeup tutorial. The goal is to look like you’d hurt someone.

Remember, not only do clothes indicate society values, they reveal your inspiration, and there’s a big difference between those who wear leather and those who only want to add one percent of one percenter to their wardrobe.

So be careful about skirting the line between biker chic and bandito. Before you pull on those boots and that Gemma jewelry, remember any decision to leave the mainstream attracts attention, and we all have to be accountable for what our clothes are saying.

“If you don’t want to look like you’re doing something illegal, don’t wear the T-shirt,” said one biker’s ex-old lady, who burned his clothes in the barbecue grill to let him know it was over.

That’s genuine Gemma.

Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at pgannon@cmaildrop.com or at pgannon@theadvocate.com.

Scholarship awards banquet

Some had to study for exams, but 22 deserving students arrived at the Petroleum Club for dinner and went home a little richer. Generous sponsorship enabled the School of Kinesiology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette to assist a total of 35 students with financial awards between $200 and $3,000. “Our philosophy is there’s no rainy day, the students need it now,” said Dr. Brian Campbell. “We try to help as many as we can. The more you bless, the more it comes back.” We couldn’t agree more, and focused on the future was Carol Trosclair Lamson, car wash king Todd LeMaire, Stephanie Roberts, Peggy Brasseaux, pretty Gabrielle Gallien and Ashley Boudreaux, and Cherrie and Brad LeBlanc. The banquet is the culminating event in a series of fundraisers in memory of Trosclair’s son.

University thanks donors

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette honored its supporters with a cocktail reception at the Petroleum Club. You don’t have to go far to find them as evidenced by the crowd, among which was former Gov. Kathleen Blanco’s baby sister, Priscilla Cadwell. “She used to read Bible stories to us when we were little,” said Cadwell. “And later taught us never to talk to reporters.” We’re so glad she broke the rules, and social also were Andre Comeaux, Julie Falgout, transplanted Washingtonian LouAnne Greenwald, Marisa Collins of the College of Business, Judge Kaliste Saloom and Kaliste Saloom III, Gary and Carol Lamson and California freshman Monica Ourada, who chose UL-Lafayette out of many.

Hearts of Hope

The City Club ballroom was lit up like a Christmas tree as Hearts of Hope launched Festival of Trees 2014. Executive Director Jill Dugas had it all under control as guests dined and bid for a good cause. “This is the event to come to tonight,” she said. And she was right — we’d have bid on that autographed Rolling Stones guitar in a heartbeat, and the autographed Al Pacino poster and Lady Gaga weren’t bad either. What we loved: Flora Howell’s fur coat and real-life angels Marielle Babb and Stacy Williams.

Palates & Paté

Ever-popular Palates & Paté partied at The Victorian, courtesy of Richard Young and Event Rental. It was a tight squeeze, but local restaurants from miles around managed their menus in the turn-of-the-century rooms and a party tent caught the overflow. Ready on the line: Nash’s, Charley G’s, Ruffino’s, Poseidon’s, Zea’s, Jolie’s, and Bread & Circus, to name just a few, while dressed up and in line were artist Carey Hamburg, IberiaBank’s Jerry and Kay Prejean, a glitzy Dr. Jennifer Jackson and glamorous Monique Breaux. The event benefits the Outreach Center, which serves the homeless.