While many girls on campus want to throw away their heavy scarves and jackets and replace them with airy dresses and sandals, winter fashion may still be necessary. Photo/ MCT

One of my journalism professors has been telling my class for the past two weeks that the reason why it is so sunny and warm in February instead of cold and snowing is because we are all wishing for spring.

She’s right.

I can’t speak for every UNC Charlotte student, but I for one am loving the recent warm weather. It has me fantasizing about floral prints, summery sandals and big floppy hats.

So I open my wardrobe in my dorm room and realize that I do not have any of these items in my possession at the time. Why? Because it’s still winter.

So what do I do? How do I dress for winter and spring at the same time?

I have noticed that during my early morning classes people are dressed in their peacoats with boots and long sleeves. And then later in the day when the weather becomes insanely warm I see dresses, tank tops and yes, even shorts. Then it gets dark, and cold again. I have a lot of those moments when I address the weather and simply ask, “really?”

As a busy student I do not have the time to change my outfit three times in one day. And I have yet to bring all my spring clothes back up to my dorm from my house where they are stored.

So I’ve been asking myself all week how to get my winter wardrobe to accommodate warm streaks as well. And through experimentation I have figured out the basics do’s and don’ts.

Do wear boots, don’t wear the furry ones

Last week I attempted to get through the day wearing my go-to comfy winter boots. But not only are they thick and furry, they are also heavy. While they feel wonderful on cold or rainy days, in the sunny heat I felt like I was trudging through really thick mud. On the the other hand I felt perfectly comfortable in my suede and leather boots. Just say no to fur.

Do wear long sleeves, don’t wear thick sweaters

The great things about long sleeves is that you can always roll them up. This is simply all you need to do to get a long-sleeved shirt to transition into a more comfortable option for a warm day. Roll the sleeves back down when you get chilly. I made a classic mistake the other day though when I wore a wooly sweater to class. I wore it because the material is breathable. But as soon as that weather transitioned the sweater became a scratchy, sticky mess.

Do roll up your jeans, don’t wear shorts

A great way to make your jeans a little more comfortable in the heat is to roll up the bottoms a little bit and add a pair of ballet flats, sandals or even boots if your closet is still full of winter clothes like mine. Take this approach instead of wearing shorts. The jeans look great this way and still keep you warm during those chilly moments, while shorts cannot help you at all.

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Haley Twist is the former Niner Times Editor-in-Chief. A Religious Studies student who worked with the Niner Times for two years, she has previously served as the Lifestyle Editor and the Arts & Entertainment Editor for the paper. She is a 2012 recipient of the Randall Beavers Memorial Award and a 2013 recipient of the Shameka Smith-Hamilton Award.

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