What to Wear

This ‘polar vortex’ has certainly affected everyone across the United States, including the students of Louisiana State University. Last year we were all rocking shorts and T-shirts in January, so this chill has thrown us all for a loop. While walking through campus I’ve seen many students desperate for the warmth our 80-degree weather often provides here in Baton Rouge. A sea of sweatpants has swept over the campus, and I’ve even seen students sporting cozy pajamas in their efforts to evade chilly conditions. When forced to choose between fashion and function, function usually wins, but this Fashionista proves you can have both!

I spotted her walking through the quad, dressed both appropriately for the weather and with style. Instead of sweatpants, she opted for thick black leggings, which she tucked into he tall black boots. The boots have a slight heel to add a little height, but they’re still low enough for her to avoid hobbling from class to class in pain. They blend seamlessly with the leggings, giving her a streamlined look and making her legs appear even longer. Her white collared shirt adds a perfect touch to this outfit. I think a classic white button-down is a must-have for any college student. It’s clean cut, and can be transformed for tons of different occasions around campus.

It looks like this Fashionista is also a Maxxinista, since she scored her adorable jacket from T.J. Maxx for a great price. The black and tan details give a nod to the color-blocking trend, and I adored how the black arm patches are quilted leather. This allowed her to mix patterns, fabrics and textures all within one piece. The only thing missing from this outfit was a bit of color, which she fixed by adding a bright red bag by Cynthia Rowley. She certainly stood out among the mass of hoodies in the quad and reminds us that you can still stay chic even in the cold.

One Simple Change: To make this look appropriate for a job or internship interview, simply change the leggings to a wide-leg black pant and add a killer pair of heels. However, if you’ll be walking from one interview to the next, feel free to go for some fashionable flats instead.


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