Beating the winter blues

Style tips for February weather


Esther Otasanya shows off her strategies to beat cold-weather melancholy.

We might have been fooled a few times this season, but the weather this week has confirmed that it’s still winter in Cleveland. When it seems like class work and exams are only adding to the gloom outside, it’s easy to get caught up in the winter blues.

Sometimes the right outfit is just what you need to get your day started well. Look good, feel good; right? Here are some tips from your fellow Case Western Reserve University students on how they keep their winter wardrobe exciting to beat the winter blues.

Esther Otasanya is a first-year student with an eye for style. As a creator of her own line, Otasanya is constantly trying new things with her own wardrobe. Her tried-and-true tip for dull winter days? Add a scarf. Finding scarves with unique patterns or bold pops of color can add an element of interest to anyone’s everyday outfit. “A well-placed scarf can turn any casual winter look into a killer winter style,” said Otasanya.

For other students, like James Hisnanick, it’s all about the footwear. When asked about how he beats the winter blues, his reply was, “put on a great pair of shoes and some fun socks.”

Picking out a cool pair of retro sneakers, like Hisnanick does, is one way to really spice up your look. And, don’t forget about the socks—there are some great sites online where you can find socks with prints of just about anything (from Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” to Cheetos).

Another trend that allows for high style while offering maximum comfort is joggers. This specific type of sweatpant has been seen on countless celebrities in the past year. However, unlike typical celeb fashions, joggers are affordable—making them downright practical for college students. Stefan Roeseler claims, that joggers are “much more form fitting” than normal sweats. “They don’t pick up salt from the street,” says Roeseler, which is especially helpful in messy winter weather.

A final word of advice from your CWRU peers: With spring just around the corner, it’s a perfect time to bring out the pastel colors. Soft pinks, lavenders and mint shades freshen up every outfit. First-year student Suhan Mestha suggests wearing a floral blouse with a matching pastel cardigan as a simple winter outfit that will keep you cheery all day.

And, thanks to an update from Punxsutawney Phil, we can rest assured that an early spring is headed our way soon.