Street Smart: Lifesaving Layers

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by Paige Schultz, Fashion Writer

“You have got to be kidding me.”

Those were the seven words I heard from my dearest friend, Blair, when I confessed that I have lately been cheating on fashion with practicality, sacrificing my style for warmth.

I would imagine my conundrum is one a lot of college students face, especially at UW-Madison, where the ever-so chilly weather tends to be especially bitter. After all, when we’re forced to climb out of our toasty beds to go to class early every morning, looking cute isn’t always the first priority.

Thus, it was this fashion woe of mine (along with the leftover stress of midterms) that led me to Pitaya for a midday retail therapy session. Oddly enough I ended up running into Jacqui, a sales associate at both Pitaya and Bop, whose skillful layering immediately grabbed my attention. Her chunky knit sweater, infinity scarf and cognac boots made her look incredibly cozy, but not in a way that made her look frumpy or lackadaisical – something I find to be especially challenging when trying to construct an outfit suitable for the cold.

The best part about Jacqui’s ensemble and personal style is that they’re both pretty basic. Simply layering a few wardrobe staples will give you a look that is charming, effortlessly put-together and, most importantly, reluctant to leave you out in the cold in terms of style as well as overall warmth. Needless to say, layers are not only my new best friends this season, but also my lifesaver for the bitter winter months ahead.

Here’s the breakdown:

Name: Jacqui

Year: Junior

Major: Marketing

Wearing: Cream Top – Pencey Standard; Red Denim Jeans – AG Adriano Goldschmied; Chunky Knit Sweater – Urban Outfitters; Cognac Boots – Anthropologie

Personal Style: “My personal style is pretty basic. I don’t incorporate a lot of prints and I like to layer. It makes me warm, especially in the winter!”

Inspiration/Icons: “Well I work here (at Pitaya) and at Bop, so just seeing all of the clothes is just more of an inspiration than anything.”

Favorite Places to Shop: Shopbop, Anthropologie and Off Saks.

Spotted: Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 2:00 PM at Pitaya on East Campus Mall

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