With the bitter, cold, winter wind blowing outside, the first thing you want to do is jump into your sweatpants, sweatshirts, and/or UGGs in order to stay warm and cozy. Looking fashionable is the last thing on your mind when all you want to do is curl back into bed. Some Rutgers students, however, manage to find ways to beat the winter blues with fashionable, yet practical, clothes and accessories. Whether it’s a vintage hat that adds that finishing touch or a bandanna tied around your ankle, these Rutgers students set themselves apart from the average college uniform.
One of the most commonly seen trends around campus this winter is the classic peacoat.
Sue Miller, Class of 2012, decides to mix up her look with some cool shades. She sticks with the classic, black pea coat but pairs it with a bright floral tank top and navy tights (while sticking to one basic color palette). Sue knows how to brighten up her look and stand out against the snowy backdrop.
Keeping with a more neutral palette, Michael Hansen goes for a charcoal peacoat but keeps it light with some khaki from the waist down. Matching his sneakers to his straight leg jeans creates an elongated silhouette.
Sometimes the aspects that can turn a typical outfit up a notch are the subtle details.
Stefany Ovalles is a Rutgers senior majoring in political science and is attending law school in the Fall. After seven semesters on campus, Stefany knows to bundle up to fight the cold. To brighten up her all-black ensemble, large turquoise earrings dangle from her ears and reflect the sunlight for some extra sparkle. The knots on the ends of her scarf also add a twist to the typical knit scarf.
Clark Edmond, Class of 2013, spices up her look with a gorgeous pashmina shawl that lends a splash of color to her otherwise muted outfit consisting of slate, navy, and brown. Also, her leather satchel is a practical and stylish alternative to the typical backpack.
The plaid shirt – a versatile piece that’s good year round – is also making appearances on campus this winter, often peeking out from under layers of clothing.
Terri Beckles, a photography major at Mason Gross, wears her plaid shirt sandwiched between a casual v-neck t-shirt and a cozy cardigan. The purple and red stripes within the plaid pattern stand out from her otherwise neutral outfit. She’s also rocking some awesome, suede, oxford-style shoes.
Also layering some plaid into his outfit is Robin Jones, a SAS junior currently studying Anthropology and working on his Music minor. His look screams punk rock with his guitar zip-up and black, leather blazer. Robin is a guy who knows how to keep warm with not two, not three, but four layers.
Finally we have Shana who chooses to rock a plaid, drop-waist tunic rather than the typical plaid button-up. She fights the cold by slipping on a pair of over-the-knee boots and a warm winter coat featuring quilted lining.
By: Jen Hsieh