November 23 2015

A Californian’s Guide to Campus Fashion by Rachel Becker, Johns Hopkins University

There are few things more exciting than the beginning of the seasons changing . The warm (and often humid) days of summer are behind us, and the cold days of winter are just setting in. The leaves all across campus have begun to change color and fall, and sometimes I have to stop myself from jumping into a big pile of them on the quad.

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I’m from California, so east coast fall is a relatively new experience for me. Going to school in a state with more than two distinct seasons was a bit of an adjustment, but I’ve picked up a few things in the last three years. So, here is a California native’s guide to “cold weather”  fashion.

The key to any weather transition is a good layering system. Some people choose to layer sweaters, while I usually opt to throw a flannel over a tshirt or tank top. I find this method is particularly helpful for moving between classes as heated buildings can seem quite warm compared to cooler outside temperatures. All of my flannels are from Target (don’t be afraid of the men’s section!), but most stores have pretty good selections. It’s all about finding what makes you feel most comfortable and confident.

Screenshot 2015-11-22 20.57.40and check out this one from Amazon which comes in a million different colors:

If a jacket is more your style, there are a wide range of options including anoraks and puffer vests. It’s really about your personal preference and style! I’m personally allergic to down, so I try to stay away from most of these jackets, although there are some great synthetic alternatives.

It is also important to have a good pair of boots. It might also be a good idea to invest in a good pair of rainboots if you don’t already own a pair. Few things are more uncomfortable than having cold feet, and a cute pair of boots is the perfect solution. Luckily there are dozens, if not hundreds of styles to choose from. I’m still looking for the perfect pair of knee high boots, but I just picked up these cuties during Nordstrom’s sale this summer.
These are the comfiest boots I’ve ever worn; they feel like walking on a cloud! Whether you love combat boots, riding boots, ankle booties, or anything in between, give a woman the right pair of shoes and she can rule the world.

Last but not least, no outfit is complete without accessories. Hats and gloves will soon be upon us.  For now, a scarf can make quite the statement. I’m currently in love with the blanket scarf trend. I was initially hesitant to try such a large item on my petite (5’2”) frame, but it’s totally doable!

I’m currently crushing on this beauty from Madewell. I love how the fun pop of red can brighten up any outfit or rainy day.

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Ultimately, your fall wardrobe will depend on where you live/go to school, but I hope this gives you some ideas to get started. College is a time where people can reinvent themselves or their fashion style. With Black Friday just around the corner, be on the lookout for sales and don’t be afraid to mix things up. Some of my favorite shirts have come out of the men’s department. Be confident in yourself.  If I can do it, so can you!



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