Fashion advice: Put away tanks, halters for the winter
We don’t claim to be fashion authorities.
As a group, we’re big proponents of the hoodie-jeans combo, especially when we head out to the bar in subzero weather.
Fashionable? Maybe not. But no one is going to be mocking us for what we’re wearing.
We’re talking to you, girl in miniskirt and Uggs. And you, dude wearing shorts and a puffy Bears coat. Or anyone wearing Crocs, which should be illegal year-round.
We consider it our civic duty to stage an intervention.
Guys — we’re going to need you to start wearing sleeves. Ladies — please stop trying to convince yourself that you’re going to find love by shivering in a halter top.
But you don’t have to take just our word for it.
Skyler Davis, who owns Culture Shock in Rockford, Ill., doesn’t exactly traffic in hoochie wear. His store is mostly filled with jeans, tees and hoodies that are great for layering, which is key in the winter, he says.
“You don’t want to wear a puffy coat or a parka that’s going to get hot inside,” Davis said. “For both guys and girls, there are T-shirts that you can use for multiple layers. Guys tend to like work shirts because they’re real thick and you can unbutton them and layer under them.”
Leg warmers and tights are also “huge” among females, Davis said. “Some people are even wearing stretch jeans under a skirt if they want to dress up but still stay warm.”
Sometimes it’s necessary to wear a coat, even with several layers, so let common sense prevail. Don’t wear your light-colored coat out to the bar, and try to leave scarves and hats in the car. You know they’re just going to end up getting trampled on the bar floor and reeking of cigarette smoke the next day.
Speaking of which, there’s not much you can do to avoid getting that smell in your hair. And if your hair is colored or otherwise chemically treated, it’s going to absorb more of the smoke and assorted bar smells.
So you may want to invest in a bottle of Dry Clean Only from the Sebastian hair line, which is essentially Febreze for your hair. Check with your hair salon to see if they carry the product or something similar. If not, they should be able to order it for you.
“You just mist it in, and it takes the smell out,” said Nicole Gough, a stylist at J. Kiesling Hair Studio Inc. at Fuzion Studios in downtown Rockford. “It’s an awesome product. It’s not heavy, so your hair doesn’t feel dirty or you feel like you have to wash it again.”
If friends say these are cool, you need new friends (and clothes!)
Not to be all elitist, but there are a few things that automatically make you fair game for ridicule should you wear them out in public in the winter. Here, in no particular order, are some of the biggest winter fashion offenders.
Socks with sandals
Any sort of glowstick accessory
Jeans with homemade holes
Holiday sweaters/sweat shirts
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