Hey everyone! If you are like me, then you have a closet full of clothes that you have spent years collecting… but you really only wear about a fourth of it. We all have those staples that we just can’t live without. I am going to share with you what staples are necessary to make it through Indiana (or any Midwest school) winters! Here are my faves:
Fleece Lined Leggings (AKA a gift from God): You can obvi get these at American Apparel or Anthropology, but I am all for getting a couple of cheap pairs, since they are only for one season. I have seen them at Target and Von Maur for under $10! They come in printed and different colored solids at a lot of stores also! Pair With Idea: oversized sweater, chunky scarf, patterned socks, and combats for an instant class outfit.
If the Boot fits: Whether you are a combat, riding, or Ugg boot kind of girl these boots are perfect to throw on over leggings or your favorite pair of dark skinnies, a snuggly sweater, and head to class. My go-to are my worn in Steve Madden Chevie boots (ps.they’re on sale right now :] ). Boots can be for any season (well… not really the Uggs) so I would suggest spending a little more so they last. I know $170 is a lot to spend on a pair of Uggs for most college girls but I have had my favorite dark tan tall boots for almost four years..so they are more of an investment than a splurge. Also Hunters are SO great for sloshy snow! ps: SPRAY THEM! The Ugg boot spray is $8 on Amazon and worth every penny! Also don’t forget the boot socks!
- Best inVESTment: In Indiana the weather can change drastically within one power hour (Purdue’s hour and fifteen minute classes). The perfect accessory to nix the fickle Indy weather? A super chic vest to throw on over your spirit jersey, quarter zip, or sweater. Personally I like the thinner vests versus the super puffy ones because if I get hot, I can roll it up and throw it in my bag, but I have seen girls on campus wear them and pull them off seamlessly. A lot of girls have The North Face black vests, but I cannot live without my camel Ralph Lauren. There are a lot of cheaper options that will still keep you just as warm and just as chic! ps: You can get them from Greek websites with your letters, crest or monogrammed!
Pair With Idea: a high teased pony, a fun bun (sock bun), a chunky scarf, and soft make-up.
- Soft Sweaters: There are SO many styles of sweaters and a type for everyone and every body. One of my guilty pleasures is to go to Goodwill and find huge mens sweaters to throw on with fleece lined leggings and a patterned scarf (wash it first to get a true fit). Just make sure you check the tag and make sure it is 100% of one material. Two major trends this winter are the Aztec open front cardigan and the cropped sweater… pretty much opposites..but both cute and so versatile!
- To Cap It Off: I have a huge obsession with Ralph Lauren baseball hats. They’re definitely a staple for every season but I see more of them in the winter. As if getting up early for class weren’t bad enough, in Indiana in the winter it is dark out when you wake up for your 8:30’s and leaving the cocoon that is your bed is easier when you know you don’t have to go all out doing your hair. Also these hats are a great solution for the winter frizzies..which I get sooo badly.
Pair With Idea: curly pony, comfy quarter zip, favorite vest
- The Long of It: I have a huge obsession for long coats. For those extra cold days when you feel like you’ll freeze if you step outside, a long warm coat is the perfect solution. I would suggest investing in one in a color and style that you plan on wearing more than one winter. My favorite are the ones that hit a couple inches above the knee and are belted at the waste (so you don’t look like a blob). When trying on one in the store make sure to wear a thick sweatshirt or sweater so it isn’t too snug.
- Final Touches: We all know it is hard to look cute under a million layers while trying to stay warm. The solution? Cute scarves, headbands, and gloves. Chunky scarves can add polish to almost any outfit. Stock up on solids that can be warn with different colors and a couple versatile patterns. Cable knit headbands always keep me warm walking to the bus, class, or back to the house. They are also super easy to make from old sweaters and there are tons of tutorials online! For gloves, go for warmth and utility over super stylish. Santa brought me plain black tech gloves this year and honestly I didn’t think they would work… I was very wrong. I would suggest investing in some!
I hope this list was helpful to you when building your winter closet! These are general things that you might have already, but these are the things that help me get through winter. Everyone is different so remember when spending that wonderful Holiday money, to pick things you feel comfortable in.