I go to Syracuse and, if you haven’t heard, it’s damn cold. Three fourths of the time you can’t even see what people are wearing because of several reasons:
- Everyone is bundled into huge, puffy, down jackets and could be totally naked for all you can tell
- It’s snowing so hard you can’t see your hand in front of your face never mind what other people are wearing
- It’s so cold, you’re focusing more on the fact that you can’t feel your own eyeballs and really don’t care what’s going on around you
Now that that’s out of the way, SU kids have fairly simple styles. For the ladies:
Get yourself multiple pairs of fleece or fur-lined leggings (the thicker the better) because that’s basically all you’re going to be wearing from the waist down 7 days a week for the next four years. They’re warm, they’re versatile, they make any butt look great…enjoy the leggings, they’re wonderful.
Leggings go with aaanything so tops are where the variations begin. Big comfy sweaters are a must. So many colors and patterns to choose from, you can go wild. Plus, it breaks up the inevitable grayscale gaze (when you realize you haven’t worn any colors except black, white, and gray in weeks) that comes upon us midwinter. Tank tops, especially with the sides cut low paired with a bright sports bra or bandeau, are perfect for switching from below zero outdoors to the overly heated indoors, avoiding that awkward sweatiness from running up stairs in a down jacket because you’re 15 minutes late for the class with the professor who likes to pause and stare at latecomers who try to slink in without being noticed.
And of course, how could I forget accessories? BOOTS AND BEANIES ALL AROUND! Seriously though, if you don’t look good in hats, get over it because the first time your snowy-wet hair freezes to your ears is going to put a violent stop to all attempts at vanity. Every now and then some cute sneaks are brought out and dusted off to break up the monotony, but boots are definitely a very necessary go to… obviously. You absolutely need (be they fashionable or not) a pair of rain-boots, a pair of knee high snow-boots, and a pair of ankle or calf high snow-boots. PS: UGGS ARE NOT SNOW-BOOTS! While I’m never one to say no to cute shoes of any kind, living in Syracuse causes one to consider function as well as fashion. I have, and suggest to anyone, a large store of high heeled boots that are great for going out, warm, waterproof, with rubber and heavily tracked soles. Traction is key! If the bottom of your heels don’t resemble a car tire than you’re going to have a much harder time getting around.
As for the gentlemen… well, honestly I don’t know. Jeans, khakis, sweatpants, flannels, and t-shirts are basically what I’ve noticed. Which I’m pretty sure is the same as anywhere. You guys have it so easy, you have no idea.
Anyway, trends at SU are pretty simple when they’re summed up:
- Stay warm
- Wear a lot of orange
- Repeat steps one through three