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Winter Fashion

by Erin O’Donnell

The dipping temperature at Central Connecticut has sent many students indoors. For those brave enough to leave your dorm and venture outside, try keeping it chic with the new trends of the winter 2015 – 2016 season.

Nothing says warm like a cable knit sweater. Layer up with a large oversized sweater with skinny black jeans or leggings. The slimness of dark pant will balance out the bulk of the sweater and it’s as comfortable as pajamas.

Turtlenecks and “dickeys” have made a huge comeback this fall season and they’ll stick around for the winter months as well. Pairing a sliming black turtleneck under a heavy coat offers a warm alternative to a basic hoodie. Mixing patterns is stylish, as long as it’s not overpowering. Try to keep one or the other by using two different patterns in the same color palette so they don’t clash.

The classic collared button up is a classic that will never go out of style. Yet, it can be worn to morning brunch with mom then to a job interview that afternoon, and even later to drinks with friends that night. Day to night options are the best for college students due to their busy schedules not allowing for three outfit changes in one day.

Bundle up with long outerwear. We’ve been seeing more knee length and calf length peacoats, blazers, vests and cardigans on the racks more than ever. This trend is multi-purposeful by keeping you warm while still looking put together.

Of course, chunky knit scarves are always in style. To spice it up, try one in a flannel pattern over a solid outfit. This classic look will stand out while keeping you warm. Accessories like scarves are versatile because they can also be worn in several different ways while still functioning. You can wrap one around your neck for warmth, or even around your arms like a shawl, and still look great.

Hats are an ever growing trend this season, with the always popular beanie in the lead. They’re cheap, come in every color and give an edgy vibe to any polished outfit.

Boots are ride or die for this season, especially combat boot styles are best for the upcoming winter months. They can trudge through snow and are far more durable and stylish than UGGs. Another option are knee-high boots. Black suede is a nice way to pull off this trend with a skirt and sweater. Even go for the thigh-high boot, they can both be worn with almost anything in your closet while extenuating long legs.

When you’re not feeling the boots, athletic sneakers are a great option as outerwear and is very trendy even for winter. Just throw on some more layers than you would from the summer, this look can be dressed up depending on the shoe. I’m a fan of wearing cute gym clothes to class like leggings, sneakers and a fleece sweater. I’ll still be able to express my personal style without sacrificing comfort.