When the temperature is below zero, it’s not always easy to stay looking your best. Here are five tips for how to represent your personal style around campus without sacrificing warmth.
Hats may just be the warmest and most practical winter accessories because of all the body heat they trap. Hats are a great way to cover up a bad hair day or prevent one from happening. There are beanies, berets, snapbacks and a gentleman’s top hat — the options are limitless.
Jessica Smith, a sophomore studying English education, said she loves her hats in the winter.
“I have a couple in fun pastel colors that match any coat and keep my ears warm and hair under control,” Smith said. “I also have crocheted headbands for when I put my hair up. I hate when my ears get cold so I always wear a hat when I go outside.”
The best way to conquer the cold wind Rexburg has is notorious for is to invest in some scarves.
“The cold, you will adjust to, but you will never adjust to the wind chill — it’s brutal,” said Stevie Haub, a senior studying psychology.
Winter is the best time to experiment with scarves. You can use a scarf to keep warm or leave it on as part of your outfit. Smith’s advice to new students is to start collecting scarves, gloves and hats. There are many different types of scarves, and you can find them in every color imaginable. Chunky knit and wool scarves prove the best for keeping your extremities out of the cold.
There are many stylish patterns, too. Walking around campus, you can see some students’ faces tightly wrapped by their scarf. The scarf is wound around their nose so as to cover the whole bottom half of their face and neck.
3. Cute Coats
A great investment for new students is a nice coat.
“As a new student, you need to have a good and proper winter coat,” Smith said. “There are tons of styles and colors that you can find one that will keep you warm and cute. Even if your coat may not be the cutest, you can still dress it up to look more feminine.”
Always think practical first. Then you can discover your own twist to your accessories to make that item pop.
Boots definitely serve their purpose here. Whether you opt for practical snow boots or winter boots or more fashionable saddle boots, they are a must have every fall and winter season. With the snow at least 8 inches high and much higher in certain areas on your walk home, it’s important to have shoes that keep the wet and cold out. Boots with a rubber sole or with a lot of traction are the best for icy sidewalks.
Haub said she couldn’t survive the winter without her fashion boots. Admittedly, she has a shoe problem. Her advice to new students is to never sacrifice comfort.
5. Comfort over everything!
When walking to campus and in between classes in the brutal cold, it’s best to keep your outfit as comfortable as possible.
“I am all about staying comfy and warm,” Haub said. “I usually coordinate my style based on how I’m feeling that day.”
She said if she feels like dressing cute, she will dress cute, and if she’s running on no sleep and feeling like a bum, then it’s “basically jeans and a sweatshirt kind of day.”
Be safe out there and layer up!