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Fall weather makes dressing appropriately difficult

The fall season is all about being cozy. Chunky knit sweaters, riding boots, leggings, big scarves; the list goes on and on. Clearly Mother Nature didn’t get the memo.

This past week, the temperature has felt more like the week before classes than the week before Thanksgiving break. So, until someone consults the weather gods, layering is the answer to your warm-weather woes.

What you choose to layer depends on the time of day — 35 degrees at 8 a.m. requires very different clothing from 65 degrees at 2 p.m. You could go home and change, but many of us don’t have time for that. Therefore, we need multiple layers that make up one general outfit.

Let’s start with the first layer. A thin tank top or T-shirt is a good base. Try to keep this layer a neutral or solid color — too many prints can look clownish.

Next, add a light sweater or zip-up hoodie. This would be where the print would come in — animal prints, stripes and even florals are some trendy options.

A blazer on top of the sweater will give you a more polished look, while adding a puffer vest to the hoodie is more casual. The look you choose depends on what kind of day you plan on having — you wouldn’t wear a cardigan and a blazer to the RPAC.

Layering might require fairly unisex clothing. American Apparel, although a bit pricey, can provide you with a wide selection of unisex garments, and it uses the softest fabrics. It’s cardigans and V-neck T-shirts are ideal for layering.

Forever XXI is a great place to find thin tanks for girls and guys. For around $5 a tank, you can buy one in every color of the rainbow for every occasion.

Accessories are the most important part of your outfit on these kinds of days. Scarves, hats and even gloves are essential. Think about it — if your hands are cold, the rest of your body immediately feels cold too.

Scarves are the secret for staying warm. Depending on the material of your scarf, you can be extremely warm or just comfortable. Wool scarves are better for colder weather. I recommend these for those of you with early morning classes because it’s an easy accessory to just throw in your backpack during the afternoon.

Cotton scarves are lightweight and perfect for students with mid-day classes. They will keep you warm in spite of the constant wind, but cotton “breathes,” so you won’t be sweating by 3 p.m.

There are a few more things to remember when it comes to layering: thinner is better. You can always add clothing, but there’s only so much you can take off. Know yourself.

If you get cold easily, wear more layers. If you don’t mind the cold weather, less is more.

As always, make sure you are comfortable in whatever outfit you choose. Remember: when you feel good, you look good.


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