Story and Photos by Jordan Hyde
The period of time between December and March can be brutal for Iowans. The temperature is near freezing, the snow is deep and the wind is bitter. For most of us, the thought of walking around outside or even across campus is daunting.
This sort of outing requires layering. Many students on campus have figured out the trick to staying warm yet looking fashionable.
One popular look that many female students are sporting this winter is the traditional parka.
Junior Faith Brar said parkas are classy yet practical for winter.
“They have a very elegant look to them, but the best part is how warm they keep you,” Brar said.
Parkas are great because they are long enough to cover a majority of your legs, depending on what length you choose.
Another style students are rocking this winter is layering, said junior Kaylyn Maher. Maher said layering is key.
“Leggings, scarves and sweaters are essential,” Maher said. “With layers, you’re able to take a few items off once you get to your class, which is usually overly warm.”
Although the parka may be out of the question for some guys, they are embracing the multiple styles of shirts.
A T-shirt with a hooded sweatshirt and then a jacket over it all is the most common look. This provides the option to turn your hood into a hat if your jacket doesn’t provide you with one, or if you simply do not want matted hair. With short hair, men may not have the problem of “hat hair.” In this case, stocking caps are the popular choice around campus.
Grey Giovanine, a business major, said he never leaves home without one.
Besides keeping your ears, arms and legs warm, keeping your feet warm is also important. No one enjoys cold toes.
Boots are a popular choice. For women, it is all about riding boot. This boot comes up mid-calf or to the knee and is usually made of leather.
For men, it is stomping boots or a warm Sperry.
“And wool socks, you can’t forget those,” Giovanine said.