It's no surprise that we have trouble dressing for the winter weather. The greatest conflict in the fashion world is between feeling comfortable and looking good-- at least it is for college students. We freeze on the days we want to impress, and when we manage stay warm, our inner fashionista is bundled up in something that looks like it could be from the Michelin Man's closet.
But don't fret! There is hope. After talking with students from Dickinson College, Messiah College and Harrisburg University, we've developed six simple tips and secrets that can help you stay fashionable and keep up with the trends in the harsh winter weather.
1. Use layers.
If you want to stay warm what better way to do it than to layer it up. Cardigans, sweaters and button-ups all have potential for layers. You want to wear that blue oxford you love but afraid you'll freeze with just that under your coat? Button it up, throw on a sweater, cardigan, or even a crew neck, and pull out the collar to keep things fresh. Not only will you stay warm and comfy in your layers, but you will look effortlessly well put together.
2. Mix up your patterns.
Patterns are the key to a diverse wardrobe. For your winter style, do not be afraid to mix patterns. "Let a great pattern be your accessory," said senior Rachel D'Ascendis from Messiah. Different patterns can work when coupled in the right way. Incorporating more than one pattern in an outfit adds dimension, and creates a more memorable appearance. What is most important is that you "step out of your clothing comfort zone. Experiment and see what works with your personality," said junior Brian Ramirez, also from Messiah. The more patterns you find to put together, the greater the possibilities you have for pairing warm clothes together to stay comfy! When putting more than one pattern together, it's good to keep in mind what colors you are using, like neutrals.
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