The Fashionable Fox: Style Advice From A College Girl

Laura Fox, News Editor

 Happy winter, LU students! Whether you are embracing the chilly weather or patiently waiting to wish it farewell, the frigid temps and excessive amounts of snow are inevitable in the Chicago suburbs this time of year.

If you are from the Chicagoland area or are from a place that typically gets pounded by snow this season, this year’s share of winter weather is not your first rodeo.     

Here at Lewis, we typically anticipate some major storms right about now. Whether it is a blizzard or below zero temperatures, some form of treacherous weather will leave campus feeling cold and dreary.

The struggle for us college students is braving this weather to get to class, get some grub or get to work. It is hard enough waking up for school on any given day, but when the walk to class requires even more energy, it can scare any student back to bed.

Even harder than planning a route to class is preparing an outfit. As a commuter, I’ve learned the hard way that certain outfits are not going to work this time of year, especially in brutal weather.

I’ve collected some valuable lessons over the years when it comes to picking out an ensemble fit for freezing temperatures. Whether it is small rituals I stick with or go-to clothing pieces for the winter I can recommend, these tricks have helped me continue to dress fashionably without sacrificing warmth or dignity.

The greatest piece of advice I can give when it comes to picking out an outfit is to check the weather the night before. It is a quick and easy step that will prevent any wardrobe malfunctions the next day.

In the winter, the weekly forecast can give you an idea of what to expect every day, whether that be flurries, freezing rain, cold temperatures or blizzard conditions.

After doing your research, you can comfortably pick out an outfit that corresponds to what is happening outdoors.

The most important piece in your outfit during the winter is footwear. Although it is easy to forget that you will be walking on snow, salt and ice when you see that perfect pair of shoes, it is important to keep warmth and comfort in mind this time of year.

I typically resort to boots. Whether they are tall riding boots, rain boots or combat boots, you can put on a pair of warm socks and keep your feet covered at all times; perfect for the cold trek across campus.

My advice is to stay away from suede boots, because snow can leak through and freeze your toes. The salt on the pavement can also ruin the material. In addition, do not pick out any boots with heels on the icy days; you will surely slip!

When it comes to the clothing, be sure to layer up! But make sure it is in a way where you can remove layers if it gets hot and stuffy in the classroom. A great way to do this is by pairing a flannel shirt with a cardigan; the cardigan can always be removed.

Another trendy layering idea is adding on a vest. Down vests have made a huge comeback this season and can be found in a multitude of colors and prints. Pair a down vest with a crewneck sweater for a stylish layered look.

More great ideas for staying fashionable and warm are within the accessories. Hats and scarves are pieces that are known for warmth, yet complete the outfit. Beanies and blanket scarves are two trendy accessories that will own your winter wardrobe.

The cold weather is no joke this year on campus, so be sure to prepare for the worst and dress your winter’s best!

Until next time, stay stylish!

Laura Fox is a senior double majoring in journalism and public relations/advertising, with a minor in social media. She is the Editor-in-Chief of The Flyer. She has her own fashion blog, The Fashionable Fox, and is also Corey Crawford’s biggest fan. She dreams of someday working in community relations for the NHL.

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