Whatever-the-Weather Fashion: Tips for Taking on the Elements

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Whatever-the-Weather Fashion: Tips for Taking on the Elements

Leighton Meester rocks the bubble umbrella

As I’m sure you all have noticed, we’re in a time of temperature transition. One day it’s hot and humid, the next it’s cool and windy, while the next day might bring a torrential downpour (suede shoes beware!) Dressing for this kind of weather, for me at least, is always a bit like NSO when you’re meeting someone new, yet you’ve already established your name, where you’re from, and what your school/major is– awkward. Luckily for you though, I’ve arranged for you a list of foolproof go-to outfit tips to help you survive these wacky climate shifts. Let’s conquer crazy weather in style!

Mix it up! When the weather is this unpredictable, don’t be afraid to mix seasons. Pair a springy dress with a pair of cute boots, or rock your high-waisted shorts with a slouchy sweater. Also, a brightly colored rain jacket adds a fun pop to any outfit.

Take cover under a cute umbrella. This is an absolute must for Philly weather in September. Target has a lot of cool styles at  pretty modest prices for all you frugalistas out there. Ranging from rainbow polka-dot prints to the adorable bubble styles that have been popping up all over campus, they’re sure to keep you looking dry and chic.

Get rid of the Galoshes. Thanks to brands like Hunter and Henri Bendel, super cute wellies in a myriad of colors and styles have become extremely popular on campus. However, there is nothing worse than slipping into a pair of hot clunky rain boots on your way to class, only to find that by the time your morning lecture lets out, the gray clouds have lifted, the sun is shining, and your poor toes are suffocating. Therefore, opt for a pair of weatherproof leather ankle boots instead. They tend to have less insulation than rain boots, but still won’t get ruined if it rains.

Be fashionably proactive. If you’re waking up early for a morning class, always dress as if it were a few degrees warmer. The temperature peaks between 3 and 4pm, so keep this in mind when you’re getting dressed and you’ll stay cool and comfortable all day long.

-Alexandra Roman

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