Quick Winter Update!
By Jasmin, age 16, Indiana
Sweet Designs Featured Writer
The other day I was walking into a store, clothed in that handy Columbia and a hoodie underneath, complete with boots and jeans, looking around at all the other people. I saw some in about the same attire, some in even more attire (boots, hats, gloves, and ear muffs), and then I saw the few people still in denial. You can always tell who they are, still rocking their flip flops or mandals (man sandals), or maybe even with just a t-shirt on - no jacket - just a tee and some jeans. Or even the guys who are either really in denial or just don't care about their leg hair freezing off, since they are still wearing those darn cargo shorts! It amazes me every time!
I go to school and about 40% of the male population there are still wearing shorts and their mandals! I just don't know how they can trick themselves into thinking it's still warm enough to be showing all that leg! I always wonder, are they secretly freezing but won't admit it? Or, have they just smartly trained their body that it's not freezing cold, but warm instead? I have even asked a few guy friends why they're still dressing like it's 80 degrees outside, and I found that most just shrug it off and say they don't really care what the temperature is. They just grab something out of their closet in the morning, still half asleep. A few simply say, "I didn't feel like wearing jeans," which stuns me the most. If I stop and really think, "hmmm, it's the middle of November yesterday, and the day before, and the day before that - it's ehhh, about 45 degrees outside, so what should I wear?" The first thought is most definitely not shorts! Or even anything that doesn't include a jacket, warm cardigan, hoodie, long sleeves or pant legs, something that covers my skin so it doesn't turn into sleet when I walk outside!
I didn't mean to rant and talk down to you guys out there, just to perhaps shame a little common sense, ya know? Maybe tomorrow, try wearing pants ... Anywaaaaaay, on to some actual girls' fashion! I'm just dropping by to remind you girls of a few little winter updates on the trend scene. We previously explored the wonderfulness of a fleece jacket and such (still using mine, quite often!), but now we'll delve into a few more glamorous winter items!
We'll start with the bottom - shoes! Boots will always be 'in' in my book, but the trend for now is booties! While an adorable pair of knee-high leather boots will forever be in style, and plus, super warm, right now if you'd like to stay hip with the trend, booties are definitely where it's at. I've seen the cutest ones this season too! Furry ones, printed ones, ones with bright buckles and adornments! Plus, they are everywhere! From plain black leather ones to high heeled knit ones! My personal faves are the low heeled leather ones, although I have been eyeing a pair of flat black leather ones, perfect for an outfit with bright tights and a skirt, which is appropriate in the cold weather, as long as you have the semi-thick and warm tights and your feet are completely covered!
Available for $27.80 at www.forever21.com or your local Forever 21 store.
Available for $34.99 at www.payless.com or your local Payless store.
Available for $38.99 at www.charlotterusse.com or your local Charlotte Russe store.
Available for $35.00 (on sale) at oldnavy.gap.com or your local Old Navy store.
Available for $9.50 at www.charlotterusse.com or your local Charlotte Russe store. Also available in a turquoise color blend.
Cable hat vailable for $12.99 at www.target.com or your local Target store. Also available in gray, blue, black, and white.
Happy winter, guys. Love ya! :)
- Jasmin C.K.