1 The Pajama Party
Rolling out of bed in the morning is often the most difficult struggle a college student will face. Completing this tedious ask five days a week is another story. Sometimes it's hard to take off your pants and replace them with a clean pair. Sometimes it just takes too much effort to brush and style your hair, so flipping up your hoodie is an obvious solution to cover the knotty mess. Sometimes it's hard to pay attention in class, so a McDonald's accessory bag is perfect for the mid-learning munchies. Sometimes it's... NO. Nothing you just read should ever be considered acceptable. Comfortable clothing is a nice luxury, but it is easier to obtain that some may think. Printed pajama pants suitable for a toddler should never appear in a university classroom. A hoodie representing a college you didn't even apply to is a perplexing statement too many students decide to make. If it is a rebellious jab at Kent State, why show up to class at all? Another mind boggling decision many females around campus make is pairing their sleepwear with the same accessories they wore to the bar last night. We all know that knockoff designer clutch isn't holding a book or laptop. Do not fall victim to this extremely lazy and confusing crime of fashion. If you choose to dress this way, perhaps it's time to crawl back in bed and give up on the day.
2 The “GTL
Contemplating dressing like a “Jersey Shore” reject should only be saved for Halloween or a topical theme party. Choosing to dress this way for class, especially in the winter months, should warrant an automatic F. All this look says is, “Yeah, mmk, I showed up. Now when can I go to the club? I have like 50 guys blowing up my phone, so I need to go tanning to look good for tonight.” Albino Chewbacca boots and a Ben Grimm (“The Thing”) jacket might keep your extremities slightly toasty, but there is no reason to wear a skintight mini dress in January. Unless, of course, you enjoy the embarrassing stares of others as you attempt to slowly sit in a chair without any obscene wardrobe malfunctions. Please, leave the Snooki ensemble at home. Preferably in the far back of your closet where it can never be found again..
3 The “I forgot to check the weather”
Here is a fashion mistake many males like to make in the winter. Whether it is to prove their “manly” toughness or they simply forgot to pack appropriate winter wear when they returned from Christmas break, too many dudes are dressing like it's July during a blizzard. Slipping your arms into the sleeves of your flimsy T-shirt isn't going to protect you from frostbite. A jacket might have guarded your precious skin from that dirty snowball that was just pelted at your bare arms. Also, I don't remember ever seeing someone successfully skateboard on a sheet of ice, so bringing one to class serves no other purpose than people mocking you. Flip flops?! I'm not even going to comment on this. If there is snow falling, either curl up with a mug of hot chocolate in bed or put on a coat before you go outside. Listen to your mother..
4 The Bundled Boy
Here is a fellow who is appropriately dressed for a blustery winter day. Perhaps he is going to snowboard down a few slopes or roll around in the snow until it melts. Unless either of the two is how you plan to spend your day, there isn't a need to look like the little brother from “A Christmas Story” if you are just walking to class and back. A hat that looks like dreadlocks paired with clip-on mittens... Are you trying to look cool or like your mother dressed you? Don't plan on asking anyone for help as you waddle down the sidewalk in your snow pants because no one will be able to hear you when your mouth is covered by your marshmallow jacket. Whatever you do, don't slip on some ice. Save yourself the pointing and laughing as you flop around like a colorful turtle on its shell. Remove a layer or two so you can get to class on time..
1 The Chic Coverall
If you are having troubles finding a cute, clean outfit in the morning, investing in a long fashionable coat is always a good idea. A chic wool jacket in your favorite color is a great way to cover up a not-so-flattering outfit. Pair this coat with a simple pair of jeans, black boots and a soft printed scarf for an adorable winter ensemble. If the cold air is drying our your lovely locks, hold back fly-aways with a chic headband. The goal here is to look sleek and put together, not like an astronaut bouncing to class in moon boots or a skimpy co-ed dancing at the club. An outfit like this looks smart and comfortable. It's a good way to cheat if the shirt you're wearing underneath is that stained Blink 182 tee you purchased in middle school..
2 The Winter Dressl
It amazes me that girls seem to forget all their cute summer dresses exist when winter rolls around. Pairing one of your lightweight frocks with a heavy pair of opaque tights, a fitted leather jacket and sweater will keep you toasty, and it looks amazing. An outfit like this is a great mix of laid-back and dressed up without looking like you're trying too hard. The key is to pair neutrals with a pop of color (the zip-up sweater under the jacket in this case) and switching your summery flats for chunky boots. A statement jewelry piece will pull the whole thing together and show off your personality..
3 The Sleek Athlete
There is a way for the fellas to wear a puffy winter jacket to keep warm without looking like the Michelin Man. A sleek coat like this, with its pop of color and versatility, brings a casual flair to a more dressed up outfit underneath. A sweater and tan pants (no baggy khakis, please!) shows you have a professional attitude and took the time to look cleaned up for class. Coupled with sneakers and a knit cap will keep you laid back and comfortable. There's no reason to show up to class in Kent State sweats and a hoodie again when you can look like you actually care to be there. Professors and classmates will surely admire your duds, and you can still put up your hood and zip up the jacket when an unsuspecting blizzard rolls through..
4 The Chic Greaser
Men can rarely go wrong with a leather jacket. The Fonz, The Ramones and Tyler Durden can attest to that. If you're worried the look is too akin to the token “bad boy” character in a cheesy teen movie, tone it down a bit with a neutral sweater and scarf. Black wingtip dress shoes will give a more fashionable edge to the look, while gray-blue jeans keep the ensemble from looking too mismatched. A leather jacket is a great choice for winter because it protects against harsh winds. Just be sure to use a good leather protectant on the coat and shoes so the fabric withstands those pesky snowflakes. This look is timeless, and it can work for nearly every season with the addition and removal of neutral layers underneath..