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Three Transitional Outfits for Fall/Winter and How to Layer Them!

While we all wish that we could keep the beautiful fall weather alive forever, we cannot be in denial much longer: winter weather is nearly upon us.  On Halloween, students’ costumes were soaked from the mix of snow and rain on campus.  And while December 21st, the first day of winter, may feel far-off, the temperatures are already dropping significantly.  November is known for its unpredictable weather, fluctuating between warm and sunny to cold and wet, but it never gets easier to figure out what to wear during this transitional time of year!  Though it can be hard to create the perfect outfit when layering, doing so will ultimately keep you at the perfect temperature throughout the day – whether it be to avoid freezing while crossing the quad, or to prevent overheating when it suddenly gets warm in the afternoon!

Here are a few tips on how to wear your layers throughout the day!


OUTFIT 1 – Comfortable yet Chic:


Button-down tunic, tank or light sweater, leggings, scarf, boots, and bag.


The great thing about an outfit like this is that it’s easy to change without causing a fashion faux pas.


8 a.m.: When it’s still brisk outside, make sure you incorporate all of the layers of this outfit.  For extra warmth, wear a tank or light sweater under your tunic.


12 p.m.: At this point in the day, the weather has warmed up a bit, the sun is out, and you’re probably feeling a little overheated.  Pull off your jacket and put it in your purse to cool off without having to carry around the extra layer on its own!


2 p.m.: You may find that it’s warmed up even more by the mid-afternoon.  Take off your tunic and tie it around your waist to show off your tank or light sweater, and put your scarf in your purse.



OUTFIT 2 – Sweet and Cozy


Oversized coat, blouse, long A-line skirt, hat, tights, boots, and statement necklace.

Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean you can’t look elegant!


8 a.m.: Bundle up and make sure your coat is buttoned!  Tights and a hat will add extra warmth to the outfit.


12 p.m.: As you ease into the afternoon, perhaps unbutton your coat depending on the temperature.


2 p.m.: Remove your coat and hat to show off your necklace!



OUTFIT 3 – On-the-go


Running tights, baseball cap, zip-up sweater, and tank.

Whether it is a day where you’re late for class, you’re running errands, or you just don’t want to put in much effort, it is likely that you still want to look cute.  Even with an outfit for this kind of day, layers are crucial.


8 a.m.: Make sure you’re wearing your jacket and that it’s zipped-to-the-top.  This outfit is also perfect for a jog on a cool autumn morning.


12 p.m.: Unzip your jacket to show off your cute tank!


2 p.m.: Take off your jacket and tie it around your waist for a laid-back, chic look.


It’s definitely challenging to come up with a great outfit as the weather transitions from fall to winter, though it is possible nonetheless!  Good luck!

Lucy Hopkins is pursuing a career in public relations whilst studying Communications at McMaster University.
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