WHAT TO WEAR: Bundle Up, Buttercup

During the glorious limbo between the end of the fall semester and the beginning of spring, students across the nation have a million and one things to do. We’ve got to catch up with old friends, spend insane amounts of time with family, make room for a little romance, and treat ourselves to some serious rest and relaxation—but we’ve only got one month to fit it all in!

The struggle is so real.

Here in snowy western New York, Fashionistas/os have to pile blustering winds and frigid cold on top of the task list. It’s not easy to slay when you’ve got so many places to go, things to do, and people to see—especially when Buffalo’s got a subzero wind chill.

How do you rage against snow and ice and still manage to look nice?

This Fashionista has the answer: layer!

Are you having brunch with the family? Scarves, thick boot socks, long-sleeved blouses, and bulky sweaters will ensure you warmth and style while allowing you to dress appropriately for an early meal. Layering rings will bring a little extra oomph to your outfit.

Are you meeting friends out on the town? Swap the scarf for a dangling necklace and some bangle bracelets, a breezy transformation sure to impress friends new and old.

Are you strolling on snow-covered side streets with someone special? Complement your scarf with thick mittens and a hat. You’ll earn serious brownie points when you lend a (warm) hand to the companion who sacrificed comfort in the name of fashion. It’s a win-win!

Gone are the days where winter wear means atrocious bubble suits and clunky boots that swallow your figure whole. Experiment with darling fabrics and textures to create a unique look that warms the heart and soul.

Don’t be afraid to bundle up! Your phalanges will thank you.