STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Working That Ithaca Weather

Finding my first Ithaca Fashionista to feature was quite an experience. I woke up on the first day of classes ready to start my hunt, but instead, I came to find out that it was -10 degrees outside. Thank you Ithaca, New York. At first I was a bit dejected by the sea of snow boots and puffy coats I saw around campus, but I decided I should stay optimistic. Luckily, the next day brought us an above zero temperature and I soon found my first Fashionista!

What caught my eye initially was actually not her amazing coat, which I will definitely be touching on later, but the fact that she was wearing boots other than UGGs. Now don’t get me wrong, I own UGGs and I too face the temptations of their soft warm lining on a daily basis. However, there are so many other awesome boot options out there that can really help bring your outfit together, and this Fashionista happens to be wearing my current boot obsession.

The military trend is huge right now and lace-up, combat style boots are one of my favorite expressions of that. They’re perfect for winter and casual enough that they can be paired with almost any outfit and make it instantly more fashion forward. I am currently on an online shopping quest for the perfect pair but Steve Madden has a great selection and I also love this pair from Francesca’s.

Now I definitely can’t end my post without talking about this great coat because it is clearly the focus of the outfit. I think using your coat as a statement piece is a great idea for winter because, honestly, if you have to wear a million layers anyway, you might as well make sure that top one is chic! This is a fun interpretation of the classic trench. I love the fur collar and the wool material makes it perfect for this weather.

So what’s the moral of this story? You can be warm and fashionable all at the same time. Instead of UGGs opt for wool socks and leather boots. Rather than a down coat try warm layers under a cute peacoat. It can be done, however, if it hits -10 degrees again I may let you off the hook, but just maybe.

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