Katya Gonzalez-Willette is a sophomore at Boston University studying business administration while also working as a Marketing Assistant at BU’s Marketing and Communications office. Aside from school and work, she spends her time developing her fashion sense and discovering her own style.
Being born and raised a Miami girl, I was a little intimidated by the idea of moving to the Northeast to start college at Boston University. Although I had traveled there before, I had yet to experience the harsh winters up North. I had never even seen snow. It was all so exciting to me at first until I began packing for move-in and realized that I only had a few winter clothes and no clue how to adapt my style to the cold weather. After my initial reaction of freaking out and heavy breathing, I warmed up to the challenge and thought of ways to bring my Miami flare to the North.
My first winter in college proved to be more of a challenge than I thought, since it was one of the coldest on record. The best part about dressing in winter is that you have so many options to choose from when you’re getting ready. Cold days require lots of layers and even more accessories. From thermals, sweaters and coats to scarves, gloves and hats, there are endless colors and patterns that you can mix and match to create the perfect look. These choices may seem daunting, but keep in mind: your goal is to stay warm and cozy while being true to your own style.
Whether you are going from a warm climate to a cold climate or vice versa, adapting your style to a new city is necessary to your college transition. During my first winter I was able to bring out my own unique style, which is sophisticated with an edge. When it comes to layering I wear a neutral/dark color thermal or sweater, and pair it with a long wool coat in a similar color. One of the ways that I spice up an outfit is with a printed or patterned pant, usually in darker shades for winter. I pick a pair of boots that match my outfit’s color palette, beige or black, and then it’s all about the accessories. Scarves are another way I give my outfit some flare. One of my favorite pieces is a black scarf with white and gray skulls, to add some extra sass. Once I’ve matched any other accessories to my color palette, it’s time to start my day.
Another thing to keep in mind when shopping is not just comfort and personal style, but also your budget. Being a college student myself I know it can be hard at times to go out and spend your money, but there are ways to buy new pieces without breaking the bank. My favorite thing to do is to go to the less expensive stores and search for pieces that are unique, but can still be paired with a lot of other things in your closet. This may mean buying something in a color you wear often, or a pattern that you can match with the clothes you already have. That way you won’t have to spend too much and you’ll still get your money’s worth by being able to wear it a lot.
Adapting to a new location and a different climate is intimidating at first, but in the end it becomes an exciting challenge. I had no idea how I would be able to bring the fashion sense I had developed in Miami to my new home in Boston, but I took a deep breath and remembered that personal style can be adjusted to any circumstance as long as you remain true to yourself. Keeping in mind the three most important things: comfort, style, and budget, will make the transition easier and shopping for new clothes and accessories way more fun.