Westminster isn’t exactly known for weather that changes with the seasons, which often makes getting up and getting beautified even more of a struggle. All of a sudden, you’re left wishing those wools and furs left home during spring break were crammed into your miniature campus closet. But never fear. I’ve got some solutions.
1. Layering is key. It’s nippy for your 9 a.m., temperate for your 2 p.m., and sub-zero for your 7 p.m.“I try to never wear less than 3 tops,” laughs junior Darcy Elburn. But she’s right! Try the 3-piece approach: tank top, button down, sweater. No matter how warm it gets, the next layer will be just as cute as the triple combo.
2. Keep your cardigans—they go with everything. As freshman Kaitlyn Kivi notes, “One of my favorite pieces to wear throughout winter and spring is a cardigan. In January it works with jeans and Uggs, and in April I’ll wear it with capris and flip flops.”
3. Boots, boots, boots. I’ve got a range from kitten-heeled ankle-skimmers to thigh-high stilettos in my closet, and they always come in handy. French professor Sonia Richardson insists upon long boots for winter and short boots for spring.
4. Bright colors feel warmer. Okay, maybe not. But the idea here is that technically, it’s spring, so bust out the colors! If looking like a Rubix cube isn’t your thing, try a pop of color in one piece of your outfit. “I personally love to find bright colored jackets that keep me cozy but look like spring,” mentions Kaitlyn.
5. Leather or pleather, no matter the weather. Madame Richardson said it first, “a leather jacket is a must when it is not too cold.” All you really need is one, great (p)leather jacket. I bought mine on a side street abroad for about $70, and it’s perfect. It fits, belts nicely at the waist, and is good quality. If you don’t have one already, invest. The look of leather is timeless.
Dress for spring in winter fabrics. A balanced transitional closet is about ¾ spring pieces and ¼ winter. Try a heavier knit sweater in a bright yellow or a hot pink rainboot to keep your chin up until the sun’s up. You never know who you might meet, so sport a sweater, not a sweatshirt.
*All looks created on www.polyvore.com by Teal Koch. All featured clothing from Forever 21, H&M, and Charlotte Russe.