This time of year in Minnesota means one thing: frostbite-causing, wind-blowing, mind-numbing cold. As much as we may like to turn up our noisy heaters and stay inside with friends, the cold outdoors must be confronted.
Although you can't avoid the plummeting temperatures, you do not have to let it take over your life. To help keep you warm and in style this winter, I have a few a pointers. Just because your eyes are frozen shut from the wind does not mean you shouldn't still look fresh walking (or being blown to class).
First and foremost, wear those boots. Tall boots, short boots, ugly boots, whatever; it does not matter. Just keep your toes warm and put the flats and sandals away until spring. Frozen feet just aren't that cool. To that kid in class who wears his little brother's boots: more power to you man! Your feet thank you.
Moving onwards and upwards, keep your legs covered. You just look cold and oblivious walking around in shorts and skirts this time of year. The sun is not out and therefore your legs are probably pale anyways. Wearing shorts or skirts to show of your pasty white legs? Please, just say no. If you really can't live without that favorite skirt, try some leggings or tights paired with boots, which will keep you both warm and stylish.
Make sure to wear layers. Whether it's a t-shirt, long-sleeved thermal and a sweatshirt or long underwear or tights under your jeans, layers will keep you warm and are definitely in style this winter. Puffy coats and faux fur around your hood are a couple of surefire ways to stay warm this winter and look good doing so. Sleek black jackets are a classic look that will never go out of style. The longer the better, too! When you are walking to class with the wind blowing at your backside, a long coat does wonders to keep you warm.
One can't talk about coats without mentioning the most common thing on campus, The North Face polar fleece jackets. Warm and cozy polar fleece will keep you warm. Just watch out for the static electricity your jacket is sure to cause!
I have to admit that my favorite part of winter is the accessories. I have a bag overflowing with mittens, hats and scarves. A fun way to add color to any winter look, mittens and the like are a great protector against the cold. Try some bright colors to pop against the white all around you and your day will surely be brighter.
Hopefully these tips will help you look your best during this cold Minnesota winter. On a parting note, and at the risk of sounding like your mother, please put on those jackets. Walking around shivering is one sure way to look cold, not cool.
Stay warm, St. Olaf.