Monday, November 22, 2010

Guest Blogger: Mary of Undergrad Fab

Hey there, friends!  It's Monday and I'm visiting with family in Louisiana for Thanksgiving week.  I finally got the little getaway that I've been craving - yeeessssss.  While I'm away, I've arranged for some special guests to entice you with their blogging brilliance.  Guests Monday-Thursday all have a little something in common:  they're all Minnesota bloggers! 

"What about Friday?" you ask?  Well, you'll just have to wait and see.

So, without further delay....
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Hello, Spoils of Wear readers! I’m Mary :)

And I write the blog Undergrad Fab.

If you couldn’t guess from my blog title, I’m an undergrad (and hopefully also fab, but that’s another story for another time) at a university of nearly 50,000 students in one of the coldest places on Earth (um, Minnesota.) But as much as I love my campus and fellow students, as soon as temps dip below 30 F, an epidemic takes over.

Perhaps you’ve heard of it? It’s the dreaded Uggs + Sweats combo, and it gets me every. time. Now, I have nothing against Uggs (I own a pair) or sweats (trust me, I own many pairs). But it’s when this combination becomes a uniform over the course of seven frigid months of snow that it can become an issue. So without further ado, I’d like to introduce the art of staying snuggly + stylish.

During my first winter in Minnesota (I’m from Wisconsin, but still had no idea how much colder it got up here. Yikes.), I’ll admit that I was tempted to roll out of bed every day straight into my warmest sweatshirt, because, uh, who cares about looking stylish when my eyelashes have frozen together? But other MN bloggers like Jill, who all stay fabulously stylish all winter long, had convinced me that I didn’t have to retreat into the land of the misfit sweats in order to survive the long winter.

My essentials include (but are most certainly not limited to):

1. Cute outerwear, especially hats, scarves & gloves.

2. Boots, boots, boots, boots, boots. And then with a quick change, I can stuff those boots under my desk and whip out whatever cute shoes I’ve brought with me for the day. Bingo!

3. Layers. What’s that, you say? Not every single state requires you to double up on tights during January? Regardless, it’s one of my favorite tricks, and with the right color combos, can produce a cool color effect as well. Plus, tights or leggings under jeans can work wonders for toastiness on those especially chilly days.

4. Anything wooly or insulating. A common misconception about toasty clothes is that they must only exist in super bulky, unflattering styles. Not true. This uber-toasty cashmere blend hoodie is quite possibly one of the warmest sweaters I own, and it’s still a nice, thin, form-fiting sweater. Plus, this circle scarf I knit for myself has proven worth its weight in handwarmers, as it keeps my neck completely covered & warm while still being bright, colorful, and trendy to boot!

So while it's inevitable that yes, the snow will come and yes, I will probably be wearing at least four layers at all times between now and March, but staying snuggly + stylish is always possible :)


The Suburb Experiment said...

Here in the Pacific Northwest it turns into a sea of black North Face fleece jackets and Uggs. Like you I don't have a problem with the pieces but with the uniformity. BO-RING. :)


Fashion Flirt said...

Ugh, the sweats and Uggs epidemic is ridiculous. Drives me nutty. To be perfectly honest, I've worn that combo occasionally, but that was back when I used to work at lululemon and wore sweats to work every day. Once I arrived at work, I'd take off the Uggs and wear flip flops or similar, but still.

I love your Guide to looking Stylish AND Warm, Mary! It rocks - juuuuuuuust like you.

Mary said...

Thanks again for putting this together, Jill! I can't wait to see what else is in store for the rest of the week!

Anonymous said...

I'm in Ann Arbor, and the campus is a sea of Uggs during the winter. I don't completely understand it: there are so many other boot styles that look better and are easier to walk in in the snow. Anyway, cool to meet you! I'll have to check out your blog!

Vanessa said...

I'm in Michigan, too, and it's Northern Michigan. So, I'd be happy to see Uggs. (Mostly it's camo huting gear, duck boots, and coveralls. Oh and the worst: Neon snowmobile suits!) My eyes, oh my eyes!
Love the tips for looking warm and stylish!

Rebecca said...

I was totally lazy about fashion when I was an undergrad. I missed the Uggs trend, but I did wear pajama pants to class a lot.