Bring out the boots

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Every year freshmen from California and Arizona find themselves left out in the cold when the first snowfall of the season hits.

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Student Cameron Bardsley showing off his winter weather look with layering and boots. (Maddi Dayton)

It’s hard enough to climb out of a soft cocoon of blankets and make the trek to campus when students are prepared. But when students have the right winter gear, it can be a fun time to layer up and look fabulous.

Students agree that the best way to stave off the cold is to layer, and then layer some more.

“You have to wear what feels like a million layers to survive this Utah weather,” said BYU senior Kylie Lewis. As a native to the cold, she recommended purchasing simple basics and then layering them in different combinations to keep things fresh.

“I love throwing a collared shirt under a crew neck or big, bulky sweater, then topping it off with a feminine peacoat or cool parka,” said BYU junior Hannah Hacking.

There are also extra winter accessories that are essential for a BYU student’s winter-survival wardrobe.

“I have mostly scarves,” said BYU sophomore Jaylee Kofford. “But I also love beanies and boots.” Warm hands and heads are the key to maintaining warmth on a cold day, and luckily scarves and hats are available in just about every color, style and fabric.

Scarves are also growing in popularity among men. When paired with a chic piece of outerwear, a scarf can be the perfect outfit completer piece.

The real star of the winter wardrobe is boots. Their functionality makes them a winter essential, and the number of options available make them a stylization tool for men and women alike.

“I think men can totally have stylish boot options,” Hacking said. “I like the boot alternative a lot more than sneakers for winter time on men. My husband has brown leather boots by Clark’s that he wears a lot in the winter, as well as hightop Sperry Topsider boots for snowier days.”

Winter is here, and veterans of Utah weather know preparation is necessary.

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