Fashion for confused weather

Maisie Heine | Contributing Writer

Any Washington University student knows that St. Louis weather can be difficult. Last week was a testament to that fact; with cool fronts in the morning, sunshine in the afternoon and thunderstorms in the evening, you never knew what you were going to get. Getting ready in the morning, the same questions kept arising. Jeans or shorts? Jacket or no jacket? Boots or flats? You get the picture.

Here are a few key pieces that will ease you through this climatic identity crisis:

The sweater skirt

Perfect for those not-quite-cold, not-quite-warm days, the sweater skirt cinches right at the waist for a flattering finish. Opt for jewel tones to inject some color into your fall wardrobe, or pair a neutral-toned skirt with bright tights for an unexpected pop. Top the look off with a fun graphic sweater and your favorite pair of booties.

Lightweight Joggers

Keep your lower half covered but cool in a pair of silky joggers. With the comfort of sweatpants and a chic aesthetic rolled into one, they’re a no-brainer for running from class to class. Throw on your trusty Converse pair and a patterned scarf to achieve an effortless feel on those fickle weather days.

The Anorak

For those days when apocalyptic downpours go hand in hand with clear blue skies, the anorak is a life-saving layering piece. Lightweight enough to prevent overheating but handy with a hood, this piece ensures that you’ll be ready for those sudden showers. Pair it with a chambray shirt and stylish wellies for extra-weather-proof sophistication.

Fall Florals

Just because summer is officialy over doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to those fun floral prints. Opt for pieces with dark green, red and orange accents that will compliment those dark brown boots you can finally start wearing. Golden accessories add a touch of elegance and warmth.

The Midi Skirt

The midi skirt is a highly underrated transitional piece: wear it with a tank top and flip-flops for a laid-back yet pulled together look in higher temperatures. When the weather gets cooler, grab some tall boots and a comfy knit for a chic, professional vibe.

The Kimono

Craving a snuggly knit that won’t become a nuisance in the heat? Look no further: the kimono is your new best friend. It’s perfect for those loose, relaxed looks that give the impression of not trying too hard—because let’s be honest, who actually wants to try hard in the morning? Add a handful of rings and bangles for added edginess.

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