A Collegiate Collection: For the Northern Frosty Vixen

Gimme a "S"! Gimme a "T"! Gimme a "Y"! Gimme a "L"! Gimme a "E"! What's that spell?


Ok, no it doesn't. But we weren't English majors (we totally were) so don't expect much. But what we do expect from you as a loyal Outblush readers is that y'all be well versed in the language of back-to-school arts which is why we bring to you A Collegiate Collection: For the Northern Northern Frosty Vixen. Any girl should know that college is a place of higher learning (duh) but it's also a place to showcase your fashion chops. You should develop a stronger sense of style along with a strong GPA, never compromising one for the other. You should be the prettiest, smartest co-ed you can possibly be. And with these university must-haves, you'll be on the Outblush Dean's List every semester.

People who grew up in places like Vermont, Minnesota, or Montana know what cold really is. They know what it feels like to have the liquid in their eyes freeze and their thighs go numb. They also know how to dress for that kind of weather. So this post is for those of you who were reared elsewhere - places where extreme cold meant the low 40's and you could get by with a cute pea coat and a jaunty beret. You went north to college thinking Chicago or Boston would be a great adventure. And it will be, but once you get past the magic of your first snow fall the arctic weather will soon cease to hold you in its sway. So we've got a few crucial lessons in winter dressing.

Layers Like a Cake

In the deep cold you'll be glad to have invested in a worthy set of thermals. These are especially handy if you're campus is big and you'll be doing a lot of walking The Jockey Thermal Sport Long Jane ($30) and Jockey Comfies Thermal Wear Long Sleeve Shirt ($26) are thin and insulating so you can wear them under pretty much anything and not feel bulked out. In terms of clothes people are actually going to see stock up on simple tees like Banana Republic's Long Sleeve Modern Tee ($35) and cozy but cute sweaters, this Women's Shawl Cardigan ($40) from Old Navy is the kind of thing you'll live in.

Dress It Up
Looking sexy when it's below zero can be a challenge, but it is by no means impossible. Thing is with partying in the depths of winter - you'll be walking around in the cold and then going in to a bar or house where it's steamy hot. You can't go wrong with a killer pair of jeans like the honey jean by Joe's Jeans ($167), sweet ass boots such as Frye's Carson Buckle ($398) (you don't have to drop three bills, but a sturdy pair will last you a few seasons), and a cute top. Something like this Velvet by Graham & Spencer "Joss" Slub Cotton Slouchy Tee ($79) or Pale Pink Cornelli Embellished Swing Vest ($75) will serve you well.

Survival Gear

Here's the skinny on stuff you need to get by. Crucial purchase - a good puffer coat with a solid hood that goes down at least past your fanny. This Michael Kors Quilted, Hooded Down Coat ($159) fits the bill. A hat that covers your ears is another must have, you'll be toasty in something like this North Face Peruvian Cable Earflap Hat ($12). A big scarf that can be wrapped around your neck and cover your face. While we love the Diane Von Furtenberg Pasala Scarf ($165), but you can find hundreds of beautiful scarves at lower price points. Boots - you want them hearty and waterproof. Hunter Wellies ($125) are indestructible and quite toasty with a pair of their woolly socks ($40). And a good stock of thermal socks ($12) will keep your toes warm and healthy.

Winter Beauty Tips

Harsh winter weather can dry your skin out like crazy. You might find that your normal beauty routine just doesn't cut it. Slather on a rich body lotion like The Body Shop's Shea Body Butter ($18). Mario Badescu's Complex Moisturize with Vitamin E ($22) will keep your face from feeling stretched and parched. Stop by Bath & Body and pick up a few travel sized True Blue Spa Tahiti Sweetie ($6) lotions. They're the perfect size for your bookbag and you'll need it to keep you hands from getting cracked and sore.

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Posted on 08.31.11 at 4:15 PM

Having gone to college in MN, where it routinely got so cold it freezes the boogers in yer nose, I concur with all of this. Don't forget some sort of waterproofing/leatherproofing spray for shoes though! The chemicals/gravel they spread on sidewalks and the roads to make 'em easier to walk/drive on can do a number on shoes and boots.


Posted on 08.31.11 at 5:50 PM

Oh Outblush, where were you when i moved from CA to Buffalo, NY!!

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