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Viewpoint – Confusing weather causing fashion faux pas

By Brandy Voirin/reporter

If my great-grandmother were alive and eavesdropped on my morning closet meeting titled “What Hat to Wear Today: Straw or Embellished-knit Beanie,” she’d immediately school me in Winter Fashion Etiquette 101.

Straw hats are a no-go, especially in the winter.

And if my great-grandmother had observed the countless students sporting shorts or flip-flops in January, she’d have shaken her head in utter disbelief because those are punishable offenses in her book.

But in Texas, what’s normally appropriate to wear during the winter season is always up for debate because winter, also known as sweater weather season, is anything but sweater weather or sweatshirt and/or boot weather.

The toasty yet unpredictable winter trend of hot-today, gone-tomorrow has turned dressing into a daily fashion disaster. For example, just last week I wore a Nike sweatshirt with leather sleeves and Ugg boots paired with tights because it was 45 degrees outside.

Fast forward to 11 a.m. the same day, where I was sweating like a hippo in 70-degree weather, made worse only by the drive home and the record-high temperature of 83 degrees.

So again, this is not winter weather. This is not sweater or sweatshirt and boot weather. This is a debacle, and I’ve had about enough!

Busy college students stress enough navigating the enormous research projects and tests (it’s only week three, by the way) while working and/or parenting. So adding the winter weather or lack thereof challenge to our too long to-do list is asking a bit too much.

Because of all the challenges we must confront this year and of all the things we must persevere through this semester, should shorts or flip-flops even make the lists? Absolutely not. Although I wholeheartedly wish the weather would remain cold at least two days in a row, I have learned to take this current winter weather challenge in stride.

At the end of the day, you are in control of your destiny, including your closet. So, whatever you do, don’t let this bipolar unpredictable winter weather bother you. Be prepared.

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