Winter has arrived at Penn State and the campus is back to the days of bundling up from head to toe trying to protect from the dreaded wind that comes through Happy Valley. Usually, dressing in the morning is not a labor, but on days when it feels like a tundra, it’s a much greater ordeal. It can be tempting to throw on sweatpants, UGG boots and a polar fleece to brave the cold, but you don’t have to compromise style for warmth and comfort. Avoid a January style slump by layering more comfortable pieces with sophisticated items.
Take this Fashionista for example, who managed to perfect the chic cozy look. She paired a classic denim jacket over a plain black tank and zip-up sweatshirt. The look is toughened up with black tights, a tube skirt and Frye harness boots. To top it all off, she added staple winter accessories, a gray infinity scarf and slouchy black hat.
In my opinion, the highlight of this Fashionista’s ensemble is her denim jacket. She was able to take a piece that is usually reserved for warmer months, and make it work on a particularly chilly day. When layered properly, your favorite spring and summer jackets can be worn year round. For a similar look, wear a thermal shirt under a lightweight, casual jackets. On the bottom, add a fun skirt like this Fashionista, or opt for a pair of always-comfortable jeggings. Finish your look with go-to winter accessories and a pair of leather boots. Don’t forget to wear your warmest socks to ensure that your feet are warm, and you won’t even miss those shearling boots left hiding in your closet.
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I was born and raised outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and I am now a sophomore at Penn State University. Spring 2012 will be my busiest semester yet, with my major courses finally beginning and a part time job. Luckily, I always make time for fashion, whether it’s pursuing blogs or paging through the denim section on Shopbop. This is my first semester as a Style Guru and I could not be more excited to write STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK.
Growing up, I went to Catholic school, which means one thing: uniforms. Obviously, uniforms make it a little more of a challenge when it comes to expressing your appreciation of fashion and style, but I always managed to accent my uniform with my personal details. Throughout high school I tried to emulate Blair Waldorf, wild knee socks and headbands were my some of my favorites.
Now that I’m at Penn State, I’ve obviously ditched the uniform, but my style remains on the preppy, traditional end of the spectrum. Though my college budget does not allow me to indulge too much, I love all things Kate Spade and Milly. On campus, you’re most likely to find me in my favorite Frye boots and a pair of jeans. I still love to glam it up sometimes, taking cues from Kourtney Kardashian and Olivia Palermo.
My love of fashion was handed down to me from my older sisters and mother. In my eyes, my sisters had a sophisticated style, which I eventually learned to imitate. My mother has a closet filled with timeless pieces and vintage costume jewelry. Her closet is one of the first places I visit whenever I’m home from school.
The past several years, I have spent summers traveling with my mother, visiting family and friends throughout the country. On these quick trips, I had the opportunity to see many different people, all with their own sense of what is fashionable and flattering. I quickly learned that individuals have their own taste, and it’s not worth it to dress in just trends. I try to wear what I like and what appeals to me, and if other people happen to like it too, that’s even better.