WHAT TO WEAR: Cold Weather

The winter season seems to drag on forever here in Minnesota, which in turn brings everyone’s mood down to a dull, bland, and “blah” feeling. Creating cold weather looks in this season can often prove to be quite the challenge. It leaves everyone thinking,”How can I bundle up and stay warm, but also model a trendy outfit?” It wasn’t until I was walking to my noon mass media class that I spotted a Fashionista sporting a breath of fresh air in this dreary weather. I, without a doubt, had to cover her ensemble and share it with the CollegeFashionista community.

This Fashionista was leaving the local campus coffee shop when I pulled her aside to chat about her breathtaking and simplistic look. What really drew me to her outfit was how nicely the burnt orange color of her frayed-edge poncho looked against her hair and skin color. It was obvious that this poncho was the focal point of her look, as she opted for darker colors underneath. She modeled a solid black long sleeve tucked inside a classic blue jean, with a small cuff to flatter her legs and show off those gorgeous booties. This Fashionista paired the look with black, pointed-toe booties that displayed an edgy V-cut along the sides to show some much-needed skin. In a campus where the only skin exposed in the chilly months is our rosy cheeks, it was so inspiring to see how this Fashionista found a way to let her legs breathe while also keeping the toes warm. The more I talked to this Fashionista, the more I began to notice the little details of her look. She paired the outfit with simplistic, gold jewelry to break apart all the solid colors by adding bling. Her pearl necklace, ring set, and watch are all from Charlotte Russe. Her final touches included adding a darling, brown, elastic ribbon hair tie for class.

For cold weather students who might be in the same pickle as this Fashionista and myself; where staying on trend but also keeping warm can be tough, I strongly encourage playing with ponchos, coats, and jackets. These pieces can be thrown on top of a pair of jeans and plain shirt so quick, but yet add those bold pops of colors, prints, and edge you might be looking for. Don’t let the bitter weather scare you away from staying innovative and trendy with your looks!