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I know this is going to be a pretty unpopular opinion, but I am not a huge fan of sweaters. I usually find them kind of scratchy, itchy, and the opposite of comfortable. Maybe it’s because my mom used to force me to wear sweaters under Halloween costumes when I was a kid, or maybe it’s because I am from Atlanta (which rarely gets temperatures below 30 degrees.) Whatever it is, I grew up hating sweaters.

Things change though, of course. I have a great ruby-colored one now that is my tried-and-true for holiday parties (thanks Forever 21!), and a gray one that is the softest sweater I’ve ever felt. But I can’t just live off of a couple of sweaters like a lot of other people in the colder months. If you’re like me, there are lots of other options to explore if you want to stay warm, but feel like sweaters are just not the vibe.

My absolute favorite outerwear is a leather jacket. I usually layer it over a long-sleeved shirt for added warmth. I currently have three: a black one, a white one, and a beige one. Leather jackets go with everything and they make you look super cool. It takes some looking to find a good one that is both fashionable and warm, but once you have it, you’ll never let it go!

Now, looking to the sweater’s more casual cousin, there’s the hoodie or the sweatshirt. I prefer a hoodie over anything else with usually just wear a bralette under it. And of course, half of my hoodies are stolen from my boyfriend. But, if you don’t have a partner to steal them from, have no fear! There are so many options out there. I sometimes wear them under a leather jacket, too. I prefer the ones with the kangaroo pouch- you know, for storage. And, wearing a slightly-too-big hoodie with tighter leggings and combat boots is the definition of my college uniform.

Now, I just recently got this item (while thrift shopping I might add), and it is definitely more of a statement piece…a trench coat. Whenever I wear the trench coat, I feel like I belong on a cobblestone road in France with a coffee in hand. It’s warm, but that is mostly because it is kind of heavy, so not the best for everyday wear. However, it is the best for taking pictures at winter travel destinations.

No shade to the sweaters but you gotta mix things up every now and again!

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Emma Smith

South Carolina '22

I lived China for five months and that is pretty much the coolest thing that has ever happened to me. UofSC Grad Student in MMC Program
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