I have a bone to pick with Mother Nature: can you please just leave the poor college students of the mid-west alone? I promise we have good intentions. We just want to walk to class and maybe not turn into a preserved corpse while doing so. K?
Yeah, didn’t think so. This past week, temps dropped below freezing and no one could even dare themselves to pick out items even remotely fashionable. Two pairs of pants, three socks, old Uggs, a sleeping bag that passes as a parka, and your most hideous beanie. News flash: you don’t need to live this way. Below, I’ve included some pieces that will not only create a perfectly curated look to help you stand out against that winter white but also keeps you functioning at a crisp 98 degrees Fahrenheit.
The key to any winter warm look? A winter warm statement coat. The gold color of this super puffy, super puff puffer will help you to reflect away all the cold. A metallic always looks good next to stark white snow and will definitely turn heads. I also love a good puffer jacket because it ties in with the popular athleisure, casual trend while keeping you extremely warm. Think Aspen 1992, with a Calvin Klein winter collection twist.
Another way to fight the boring winter slum is by upping your boot game. Some height and a chic twist on water resistance? Yes, please! The best way to avoid the snow and salt is to be elevated above it. A chic, patent finish also makes it all slick off. The white shade will assure that you don’t stain your boots with salt. Practical AND stylish.
Heattech wear has progressed in style and strength since its debut in 2003. I thoroughly recommend investing in, if anything, a simple pair of leggings. You can go from the gym to your intro to biology class, maybe a quick run around uptown, or even just as some casual study wear. This specific pair from Outdoor Voices adds flattering interest in beautiful rust tones. The shape and patterns of the color blocking make an effort to show off all the work you’ve been doing in the gym, too. Stay warm and pop at the same time.
To finish and round up your perfectly warm, yet perfectly norm-core Oxford class outfit, you must include a bright beanie. Headgear is necessary when temps dip so low your ears might fall off, so wearing something bright just keeps it a little more interesting. I love this Acne beanie because of the cashmere blend, very cozy for negative degree Midwestern weather.