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PSU Style Files: Fall Fashion

By Nichole Currier: Assistant Features Editor
On October 13, 2015

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PSU Style Files: Fall Fashion

Nichole Currier

Assistant Features Editor

With fall upon PSU at last, wardrobes are swiftly changing throughout campus. Shorts and dresses are being put away for sweat pants, hoodies, and boots. With the summer trends being stored to the back of the closet and the stress of classes wearing down on students, it’s easy to wonder if fashion can still be juggled into the mix of homework, clubs, and social life. By keeping a few simple tips and tricks in mind, anyone can keep their wardrobe looking its best as the weather gets colder.

When deciding what to wear in the morning, many factors come to mind. Courtney Pearson, a graduate student at Plymouth State studying Science Education, shares what she finds most important. “Is it warm? Is it comfortable? And is it appropriate for what I’m going to be doing that day?” When it comes to choosing what to wear, these are the most important things to consider. Fashionable or not, nobody will be happy dressed in clothes that aren’t going to keep them warm or comfortable throughout the day. Junior and English major Alex Francione couldn’t agree more.

“I don’t like when people go for style rather than comfort. If it’s thirty to forty degrees out you should be wearing something warm, not stylish,” said Francione. “I try not to look like a complete scrub, but I dress for the weather and comfort.”

First-year and early childhood education major, Lexis Trafton,said, “There are always those few people who try to wear shorts into the fall and it’s just too cold for that. I don’t think I could do that. Same goes for those people who decide to pull out the winter jacket.”

Finding that level between cold and hot is key for creating both a logical and comfortable outfit. However, does the changing weather mean that students have to give up their sense of fashion just for the sake of staying warm? Pearson shares her favorite clothing articles that can be matched to keep her cozy while the temperature drops, but still look good as well.

“I like to wear tall boots and leggings,” said Pearson. “As well as big sweaters.” With a laid back bun or pony tail, one can achieve an easy look of charming simplicity.

“I like to wear leggings because they’re not too hot, but they’re also warm enough,” said Trafton. “You can also dress them up and down. A cute pair of flats or some bean boots are always an option.”

Shoes can easily make an outfit stand out, just by going for a unique pair of fall boots as opposed to the commonly utilized Uggs or sneakers. Sam Ahern, a junior Social Work major, shares her view on this overly popular article. “The one trend I can’t stand is the Ugg boot and Northface combo. One or the other is fine, but together it’s a style that’s lacking originality,” said Ahern. “I just really like when people wear things that express themselves somehow.”

Another popular fall clothing item that all three girls agreed to using during the fall is the flannel. This can be found for cheap at any thrift store in a variety of colors, and also comes in handy as the perfect tool for layering shirts and sweaters. “During the fall I like to wear layers and wear darker colors and incorporate bold colors such as maroon jeans and dark blue over shirts,” said Ahern, showing how she utilizes the layering technique in her everyday wardrobe.

One of the easiest ways to make an outfit work is by finding colors that compliment or flatter the wearer. “I like maroon because it’s a fall color that makes my eyes pop out,” said Pearson. Finding a color that matches with hair or eyes can work for both males and females and immediately enhances the look of any outfit.

“I really like the deeper colors of purple and maroon mostly,” said Trafton. Maroons, purples, reds, and blacks are easy colors that can compliment the changing fall colors and flow easily into the coming winter.

While it may be easier to just grab the same sweatshirt or pair of sweatpants that have been used and reused all week, take a moment to think about what could really make an outfit stand out for the day. Switching up the color scheme or trying out a different pair of shoes could be the difference between an everyday outfit and one that gets complimented all day long. It may just be the confidence booster needed to make the day a great one. 

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