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Fashion: Layers keep you warm in any temperature


Anyone from Alabama knows we have crazy seasons. It’s been particularly crazy as of late with it still being 65 degrees in January, and I feel like many people have been thrown off track when they go to get dressed in the morning.

I’ve seen people shivering to their core in shorts when it’s ready to snow and I’ve spotted students sweating underneath huge coats when the sun is shining brightly. Since we can’t control the weather, I have a simple way to ensure you aren’t braving the elements: layering.

It seems easy enough, but I’m talking about more than just throwing on an old T-shirt and jacket before heading out. I’m not saying you have to get dressed up for class, because let’s face it, that’s uncomfortable and would garner more than a few stares, but take a few minutes to think about what items you’re going to put together.

For instance, if it’s pleasant out, but you know there may be a chance of rain, feel free to wear a pair of shorts, maybe paired with some leggings or tights. You can even wear your favorite winter sweater with it, that way it gets some use before the blistering summers return. Grab an umbrella (the company Totes makes umbrellas that are small enough to throw in any bag), slip on some rain boots and you’re good to go, now, you’re not drenched in sweat or freezing.

If it’s a cooler day, you can start off with a simple T-shirt: V-neck, graphic or otherwise. Layer a cozy cardigan or loose cardigan over it. Next, grab a scarf and, if needed, a jacket. You can wear almost anything on the bottom: skinnies, boot cut jeans, corduroys if you’re into that…just remember to add more than one layer. You’ll look more presentable and thought out, plus you can peel things off should it get warmer.

I feel like layering is the best way to wear all of your favorite clothes without looking insane. For the best result, I suggest you play with your proportions. If you’re wearing super tight skinny jeans, go with an oversized top, whether it be a sweater or tee. You don’t want everything to be skin-tight, because unless you have a perfect figure, you’re going to end up with a few places that aren’t too flattering. Similarly, if you have wide-leg jeans or high-waisted trousers, choose a top that’s more form fitting.

When it comes to layering the most important rule is to have fun. Pick clothes you feel good in and arrange them in a way to make you feel even better.


Layering Trends to Avoid:

Running shorts, leggings, Ugg combo. Yes, I know it’s technically layering, but if you’re cold enough to where you’re layering bottoms, just put on some pants. Or, pair denim shorts with some cute patterned tights and a chunky boot. Whatever you do, save the workout clothes for when you actually work out.

Celebrity styles watch: Elizabeth Olsen

The younger sister of powerhouse twins Mary-Kate and Ashley recently had her breakout role in the film “Martha Marcy May Marlene.” Unlike her sisters, whose styles are more bold and fashion-forward, Elizabeth chooses simple pieces and arranges them in a way that’s both comfortable and classic.

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