January 15th, 2016 at 2:00am

During the impossibly long and cold Wisconsin winters, it can be difficult to let your true style shine through the layers that are required to stay warm. There is a difficult balance to meet when it comes to the art of dressing in a way that will both protect you from the subzero temperatures on the walk to class, but prevent you from melting once you enter the buildings. Lecture halls get packed with students sitting on mountains of coats, gloves and scarves while the heat blares; but as soon as class is over, it’s back to bundling up for your next journey across campus.

This Fashionista puts the FUN in functional when it comes to accessorizing for cold weather needs. Choosing a parka from The North Face is a no-brainer for warmth, but the purple color adds some unexpected flair in a sea of classic black coats. Pairing a bright, printed dress from Old Navy with tights is a smart way to reduce bulky layers and help keep lightweight wardrobe favorites in your winter rotation. Another notable accessory is her sleek tortoiseshell sunglasses. Typically known for being a staple during sunny summer months, sunglasses are just as essential for super snowy winter days, when light radiates off of crisp white snow banks. The way that her Frye boots, Rebecca Minkoff cross-body bag and chic watch all coordinate with their soft, brown leather helps pull this look together effortlessly. The metallic hardware on those accessories compliment her funky silver rings, and the daintiness of her crystal choker necklace contrasts against her chunky knit scarf creating intriguing visual interest.

How To: Dressing in winter doesn’t have to be dreary or drab! Consider unexpected colors while purchasing everyday staples, and choose accessories that are just as useful as they are exciting for an ensemble that’s as FUNctional as can be!