The Midwest is known for sub zero temperature, snow storms and slip-sliding instead of walking down the streets. Understandably, this makes it hard to look fashionable as the go-to is a poncho and a pair of Sorels. The trick is not to give in, but to keep your layers chic like this Fashionista. Her pieces are trendy ways to bundle up, updating staples to fit current trends without sacrificing warmth. She caught my eye with her coated skinnies and her cool way to stay warm.
Name: Caroline Kreul
Major: Strategic Communications
CollegeFashionista: What’s your favorite part of your outfit?
Caroline Kreul: My favorite part of my outfit is my coated skinny jeans! They are so comfortable, but still make me look put together even when I’m just throwing them on.
CF: How would you describe your personal style?
CK: I would describe my style as minimalist and feminine, while also always open to a great print or a fun piece of jewelry if I see one!
CF: What spring trend are you looking forward to?
CK: I’m most excited about all of the pastel colors I’ve been seeing on the runway. Pastels are a great way to add color while still maintaining a simple, neutral ensemble. I’m looking forward to hopefully finding a boxy, cropped top in a pretty pastel!
CF: Any tips for staying chic and warm despite the cold?
CK: In winter, the key to staying warm and looking chic is to secretly layer pieces. For example, if I’m wearing a crew neck sweater, chances are that I have a camisole and long sleeves underneath. If I’m wearing leather boots and it’s in the negatives outside, I probably have at least two pairs of socks on!
How To: Instead of throwing on a parka, grab a coat with a little more character such as a textured peacoat or a coat with leather sleeves. Replacing leggings with an equally comfortable wet-look pair or coated pant, like this Fashionista, will ensure that you look cool but feel cozy. Finally, pay attention to the accessories; a statement necklace ties the look together while a weatherproofed leather boot keeps toes warm without the clunk of snow boots.