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WHAT TO WEAR: Cold Weather

Frigid winter weather is no stranger to those of us in Wisconsin. Dressing for sub-zero temperatures and snowy weather can be a challenge, especially when it comes to simultaneously staying warm AND staying cute. What’s a Fashionista/o to do?  Endless layers (which are so necessary for warmth) provide an awesome opportunity to get creative with styling. Mixing multiple textures and trends is an easy method to stand out in a crowd of parka-covered college students on their way to class. A chic cold weather jacket is also a must.

This Fashionista immediately hit the mark between fashion and function with her killer ski jacket. A faux fur-trimmed hood adds fashionable, feminine detail to a structured piece. The jacket’s olive hue is on-trend while remaining unique for cold weather wear. Perhaps most importantly, the length and fit of this Fashionista’s jacket is just right. When styling an article like this, fit is crucial in order to avoid looking frumpy. This Fashionista shared with me that she made sure to choose a jacket that hits at mid-thigh and is form-fitting yet cozy when zipped. Underneath, a chunky, oversized knit sweater in a neutral tone adds warmth and texture. In contrast, coated ankle-zip jeggings amp up the look’s cool and chic factor. This mix of fabrics and materials transform a functional cold weather look into one that is exceptionally stylish. A pair of black, wedge ankle booties perfect the outfit’s balance and keep her from looking top-heavy.

Don’t let freezing temperatures keep you from expressing your favorite styles this winter. Take a note from this Fashionista: mixing textures such as faux fur, leather and knits helps you to layer while creating fashionable juxtaposition. Get creative when styling different layers and find your perfect harmony between functional and trendy.

One Simple Change: If you’re going to be spending a significant amount of time walking over treacherous icy sidewalks in the cold weather on your way to class, you may want to opt out of the ankle booties. Instead, choose to pull on a pair of combat boots!