TREND: Cherry Lips, Chunky Knits

We are bundling up for a frigid semester here at Cornell! Sunshine bounced off the snow today as students hiked across campus in ten degree weather. Standing out amongst the parka-clad masses, this striking senior layered chunky knits for warmth. Her look recalls the Missoni Pre-Fall collection, which played with texture and scale in knitwear. However, unlike Missoni with their brights, she kept the palette dark and rustic in burgundy, charcoal, and maize.

The slim line of her skinny jeans offsets the volume of a draped Navajo-print sweater from ASOS and a coarse wool scarf she hand-knit herself. The oversize scarf is like a Sandra Backlund except more practical for everyday wear. Like Backlund, not only does this fashion student layer colors here, but she varies textures also. Perhaps I’m just hungry but it looks like a rice pilaf-gauge turban, popcorn scarf, and quinoa-grain sweater, to put those textures in delicious food terms!

The most important item for Ithaca’s treacherous winter terrain is good shoes. This lesson was sorely learned by every girl who hit the town last weekend using stilettos as makeshift ice picks in the snow. This smart Fashionista went for burgundy snow boots from Timberland with a combat-boot vibe. I have found that the only shoes with enough traction for this weather are real combat boots, which I buy from military surplus retailers. To soften the look, this Fashionista kept things feminine and elegant by adding a knit turban from Forever21 and the perfect antidote to the winter doldrums — a pop of bright red lipstick.

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