WHAT TO WEAR: Cold Weather

It was 30 degrees as my friend asked me, “Liz, how do you dress warm without looking like a polar bear?” Alas, the dreaded puffy coat, polar bear look. It’s not always a fan favorite, but it seems like that’s sometimes the only option when temperatures drop quickly. Cold weather came upon us rather quickly in Newark, Delaware. Before my eyes, Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks turn into red holiday cups. With a warm drink in hand, it is crucial to dress warmly, especially when you’re walking everywhere on campus. For those who own a car on campus and have the patience to find parking between classes, bless your soul. When it’s almost (or feels like) freezing, you have to be very conscious of what you wear and how you wear it.

You can layer without feeling like a stuffed burrito if done properly. Try thin layers to begin with, then add on as necessary. This Fashionista, a sophomore at University of Delaware, shows us how she layers for a typical weekday. This Fashionista first started her outfit with a tank top. From there, she added a cozy flannel paired with a fleece vest. The flannel and fleece had two extra layers of ultimate warmth and coziness, but do not restrict the Fashionista as she rocks them both. Fleece and flannel, two very good friends of mine during the winter months, will be beneficial to you during the cold months. By keeping your chest warm, you will help retain heat. To tie the look together, she added a watch and gold bangles. A thick scarf, warm socks and/or a hat will also help you feel cozy and secure as you briskly walk to class in the cold.

One Simple Change: While traveling in the bitter cold of the UK, I learned an excellent tip. Layer leggings or tights underneath your jeans! If your jeans are a little snug, tights are normally thinner and a great option. This trick will help you conquer the winter weather in style.