be smart rather than fashionable
Published: Monday, January 27, 2014
Updated: Monday, January 27, 2014 14:01
The one topic that has been bubbling up in every conversation since school started again has been, of course, the COLD. Although we endure the cold every year, we are constantly reminded about how bitter it can actually be.
Personally, I am a winter lover, but without a ski hill to enjoy or any hill to even sled down, this winter is making even me want spring. Although I love apparel and enjoy when people look presentable, there comes a time when we must choose smarts over fashion on days like these.
Walking through campus, I notice way too many people without the right protection from these chilly days. If you look cold and miserable outside, it probably means you need to think twice before leaving your home, even if it is for a short while.
I personally have been changing what I wear to classes to protect myself, and I don’t want to start cursing the weather and harvesting bad feelings for moving to such a cold climate.
Therefore, I want to supply five easy tips that may help you dress for a warmer, slightly happier you.
1. Stop trying to worry about how ridiculous you may look. Even if you have to wear three scarves and a hat to be warm, I feel that people will probably envy you rather than ridicule you on the subject of being warmer than they. I noticed a man walking around campus in a giant fake bearskin the other day, but unfortunately, I was driving and couldn’t tell him how smart and awesome he looked. Some may say it was ridiculous of him, but he looked pretty warm and happy to me.
2. Remember that heat escapes your body from your head, hands and feet most often; therefore, you have to take care of those places. I don’t care if it messes up your hair, you must keep your good health in priority over your good hair day.
One of the other vital mistakes people can make is the type of socks they wear. The type of fabric your socks are made of can either save you or break you in these cold conditions. Although they may not be considered fashionable, I have been wearing my favorite wool socks this week. They are not everyone’s favorite, but they suit me just fine and keep my toes warm.
3. Some days, I wake up just dreading the cold that awaits me outside, so I heat up my clothing before facing the frozen tundra. I put my under layers into the dryer and spin them for eight minutes. When I put them on, I feel a little bit better on my way to class. I know not everyone has a dryer at his or her disposal; however, using a blow dryer for a little bit would help.
4. Drink hot liquids. This may not be fashion advice, but in the winter many people get sick, and drinking plenty of fluids help our dehydrated bodies. If you have a hot liquid once you get to class, it may help you warm up and take away the cold bite. I don’t drink coffee, but my morning tea is essential to start my day off on a warm note.
5. Most importantly, try to stay positive! Although I look goofy walking around in long underwear and get upset that my apartment is never warm, I try to look at the bright side of things or laugh at something with my friends. Essentially, I try not to talk about the cold or weather. No matter what it is, complaining will just make it worse.
So remember to cover yourselves up, and no one will criticize a person being smart in this weather. Throw fashion aside for a couple days and bundle up to become a warmer, happier you. Soon enough spring will be upon us. Keep warm NDSU!