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One of the best things about CU Boulder is the student body. You can always count on the Buffs to bring the energy, and snow days are no exception. Whether classes get canceled or not, the fits on campus always seem to go off, although sometimes the fashion choices are questionable. Although there are many snow day outfits to list, here is my ranking of the top five. 

5. The Parka

I have to say, I personally am not a huge fan of parkas. Although I must admit that I am guilty of owning one myself, I only ever take it out when I am in extreme colds. They take up a lot of room, which is inopportune for any student. Most of the lecture halls at CU have tight seating, and I can’t imagine where you would put your coat. But, hey! It will definitely keep you warm (and is probably the smartest thing to wear anyway).

4. Coat and Shorts Combo

Okay, I have to admit that whenever I see someone wearing shorts on a freezing snowy day, I give them unspoken kudos for being a menace to society. That being said, it’s also a pretty stupid thing to do. Come on now, I know you’re freezing. I don’t care where you’re from and how cold it gets there, I know you are still cold. The only exception to this rule is if someone is making a short trek to the Rec Center, and are wearing shorts to work out in. Besides that, all I can say is thanks for entertaining me. 

3. Coat and Pajama Pant Combo

There’s something amazing about wearing pajama pants outside. It immediately makes the experience more enjoyable, and somehow cozier as well. On top of that, they don’t look bad, and depending on what coat you wear on top, they could look really good. Personally, I am a fan of a puffer coat and the classic checkered PJ pants. Although they may not be warm enough alone, because most are loose, pajama pants are great to layer to wear over some leggings. 

2. Flannel and Hoodie Combo 

The flannel and hoodie is a classic outfit that goes with almost every season. I’ve always been a fan of layering clothing (I mean, who hasn’t?), and this is no exception. Depending on the color of the flannel you choose, you can wear any pants from sweats to khakis. The only downside to this outfit is that, depending on what you wear under your hoodie and how cold it is outside, you could end up being a little frigid. 

1. The Ski Suit

I am lucky enough to be able to say that I have witnessed multiple ski suits on campus. These can mostly be spotted on days when classes are canceled, or maybe by Norlin Quad during passing time (I’ve always felt that that place is chaotic). Not only is the ski suit guaranteed to keep you warm and dry, but it is also incredibly fashionable. So next time it snows, don’t be shy and put on your ski suit before class. 

No matter how old you are, snow days never fail to be magical. Lucky for us, Boulder gets plenty of those, being so close to the mountains. No matter if the school gives you the day off, or if you have to make those snowy walks to classes, remember to always craft the perfect snow day fit. After all, a good outfit means a good day. And while looking cute is always nice, remember that staying warm is important too, and sometimes drowning in sweatpants and a coat is the move. 

Yana Medvedeva

CU Boulder '25

I am a student at CU Boulder, but am originally from New Jersey. I love Op-eds, creative, and persuasive writing. I also love spending time outside, whether that be running, hiking, or just hanging out with some friends. In the winter, you'll definitely catch me on the slopes!