STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Wintery Wonderland Wool

Style Advice of the Week

Recently, it seemed as though this “polar vortex” we have been experiencing was never going to let up. We’ve spent our days with bright red noses and rosy cheeks busily trying to get to class before our fingers feel like they’re going to fall off. There was only one day this week that the sun peaked out from behind the clouds and I definitely used it to my advantage. I saw State College’s trendiest boys and girls pushing aside their parkas and snow boots, and instead wearing their favorite pieces. It was exciting to see the different wardrobe combinations walking around Happy Valley and one particular Fashionista stuck out to me. I couldn’t help but notice her wool sweater vest and the pieces she placed with it to make a perfect outfit for the sunny but still chilly day.

What caught my attention the most about this cold weather hippie’s outfit was the indie vibe she achieved while in the middle of winter. The wool Aztec patterned vest stood out but managed to do so in a subtle and simple way. I have always been an advocate of wool and think that every Fashionista will fall in love with it as soon as they touch it. Its soft texture makes for a comfy feel while still showing off a put together, warm look. Not only does the wool vest self-promote from its comfort level, but wool is also timeless.

This Fashionista made the look her own by adding multiple items without over doing it. She placed a red three-quarter sleeve T-shirt underneath to pick up the red accent pattern in the vest. This is a great way to make a busy article the center focus of an outfit. She maintained uniformity with the same color top to allow only the vest to stand out. On her bottom half she placed simple black leggings but added a twist with a pair of cream knit legwarmers. These added to the comfort factor while the wool remained the main attraction. For footwear amidst the slush, she wore her favorite pair of beat up black knee boots. I love nothing more than a beat up pair of boots that tell a story of their own! To bring the outfit together, she wore the coolest watch I have seen in awhile and thick-rimmed glasses that met style while giving off a studious look as well.

The way this outfit was put together met all requirements every fashion fan should take into consideration. To tackle classes, this ensemble is a definite match. It’s comfortable, simple, and most importantly super fashionable! Mixing up an effortless leggings and tee combo with a wool sweater or vest covered in a fun pattern creates an entirely new and unique look. Don’t be afraid to try the popular and forever staying wool trend to make these last few weeks of winter more exciting and interesting. These icy days will be gone before we know it!

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