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WHAT TO WEAR: Cold Weather

They don’t call it the Windy City for nothing. Winters in Chicago are in a word: cold! I’ll admit that I’m fairly used to braving the cold by now, but I’ve found that DePaul students really do it in style. This Fashionista chose not to let the cold get her down and decided to incorporate closet staples from warmer weather, like her black mini skirt. Tights and knee-high socks are always a great way to wear a skirt in colder temperatures. However, as any Chicagoan knows, it’s not just the cold that will get you; a decent pair of boots to get you through the snow and ice are closet essentials. This Fashionista shows that they don’t have to be a clunky pair of snow boots like we remember from our childhoods. Her’s resemble a combat boot, yet has all the practicality of a hiking or snow boot.

Hop on the “EL,” and you’re sure to see the same style of winter coat: a black parka at knee length or longer. It’s not just the fact that it’s a classic style, but black looks good on everyone and a neutral tone guarantees that it won’t clash with the rest of an outfit. The most fun anyone can have bundled up is accessorizing with fun and playful hats, scarves and gloves. This Fashionista sure got the memo: her knit hat with a fuzzy pom-pom on top is adorable and warm. Let’s be honest, on some days all you can see is your hat since you’re bundled head to toe, so why not make a statement!?

For anyone who knows me, you know that I’m a huge fan of scarves in general, but for Chicago winters, they are a must have. Not only do the temperatures regularly drop below freezing, but scarves are an inventive way to add a pattern or pop of color to your winter apparel. This Fashionista opted for a pop of burgundy to her outfit, but if the outfit is kept neutral enough, any favorite color or print will do.

One Simple Change: Take this look from winter wear to business casual/internship ready. Simply carry around a spare set of shoes and add a cardigan sweater. A pair of oxfords would look great with this outfit, but wouldn’t fare too well in the snow. Switching shoes is an integral part of the daily routine for many across the Midwest, especially a city as windy as Chicago.