For some of us there is no need to take the time to choose an outfit. Of course we have to get dressed every day, but it is seldom more strenuous than pouring a glass of water. On the other hand, some people live from the feeling of choosing the perfect outfit for the day.
It can be difficult to focus on anything other than coursework during graduation week, but that hasn’t stopped DePaul students from dressing sharply this winter season.
“I have no idea how some people manage to look fashionable in general during exams or just in class,” said Alli Hacker, a member of the DePaul Fashion Society. “And I don’t mean that in a judgmental tone – kudos to her. I wish I could be her! “
“When I put an outfit together, I feel like I’m doing something for myself,” says Callie Beier, a community psych student at DePaul. “In a way, it’s self-care. I can think about myself for 5 or 10 minutes and how I want to present myself to the world on this day. “
While there can be endless stress during these times, distracting attention from the finals and spending just a few minutes on an outfit can make a meaningful difference in how a person feels throughout the day.
“I think fashion is a distraction – in a good way,” said Hannah Lau, president of the DePaul Fashion Society. “Even if you fail this test, you still look cute.”
Fashion isn’t just about what other people think of someone’s outfit – it’s a way for students to feel more confident. DePaul students do not put their outfits together for others, but for themselves.
“It’s just fun to feel together,” said Lau. “I don’t really think about how people will perceive me, but it gives me confidence to know that I am ready for the day.”
Not only does fashion help students feel more organized and ready for the day, it is also a powerful outlet for individuality and ingenuity.
“It’s amazing to be creative when you’re so busy with responsibilities and commitments,” said Hacker.
“Fashion is an extension of someone’s creativity,” said Lau. “Whether someone is interested in comfort and a thirst for adventure, or rather cheeky and colorful, you can tell how they define themselves in these areas of fashion.”
As winter approaches, students switch from fall fashion – switching from light jackets to heavier, warmer coats. In keeping with this seasonal shift, the DePaul students rock the latest fashion trends and give the outfits unique twists.
“I think we’ll see typical winter layerings, but with turtlenecks and leather [or] Suede button vests, ”Hacker said.
In colder weather, finding ways to look fashionable while staying warm at the same time can be a chore. Fortunately, layering is an essential and longstanding winter fashion trend.
“My favorite part of winter fashion is combining layers and layers,” said Lau. “It’s about how you stay warm and feel good, even when it’s cool.”
A handful of trends follow in winter, including knitted sweaters, funky fur coats and all kinds of boots.
“Some of the main trends I’ve seen are higher knee boots, geometric patterns, ski pants, leather, and even color contrasts,” Lau said.
“My favorite trends are chunky boots and [the color] brown, ”said Beier. “I think people sometimes think brown is boring, but you can find really elegant pieces and pair them with something bold and chunky for a sophisticated yet fun look.”
Although neutral colors like brown are a staple in winter, some DePaul students are swapping out cooler tones for lighter ones this season.
Even certain colors find their way into the trends, DePaul students swap out neutral colors and find lighter colors to express themselves with.
“I’m so fed up with neutrals in winter,” said Hacker. “I love to see powder blue, forest green and all shades of red for Christmas, gemstones for New Year’s Eve and pink, purple, red and even buttercup yellow.”
As the finals come and go, the weather in Chicago is slowly but surely getting colder and colder, which means we’re about to see a lot more of these exciting winter fashion trends.