- Letters to Editor
By KALEIGH UNDERWOOD
After unseasonably warm weather in late September and early October, it seems like temperatures dropped overnight and summer has turned into fall.
While I was happy to see the leaves finally start falling off the trees, it seems other students have been left falling as well. As they grapple with what is or isn’t appropriate for this weather, I have to chuckle at some of the things I’m seeing students wearing.
I’m not sure if some people just refuse to put their shorts away in one last bitter attempt to hold onto their school-free summer days, or if it’s just the hot-natured versus cold-natured argument. Regardless, it’s comical to walk down the sidewalk and see the differences in wardrobe people have this time of year.
It’s time to retire the shorts, and bring out your jeans. Trade in your tank tops and tees for long sleeves and jackets. Summer is behind us, and winter is closer than we think, so get ready.
Say goodbye to pool days, and hello to brisk autumn mornings. It’s over people, so start dressing like it.
I’m a people-watcher by nature; so its almost impossible not to notice these things. I am also one of those people who don’t understand combinations like hoodies and shorts. It seems to me that if it’s cold enough outside to need a sweatshirt, then you might need to wear pants that cover your whole leg.
There’s also the timeless union of Ugg boots and shorts. That combo boggles my mind even more. Winter boots with lots of fur, designed for the cold and snow, paired with jean shorts.
Finally, I would like to address flip-flops. While it is the perfect shoe for a dorm shower or a day-spent poolside, this exposing footwear is not meant to be a staple of your wardrobe during cold temperatures. Nothing bothers me more than when people talk about how cold they are and I look down to see they’re wearing flip-flops. It’s common knowledge that you lose most of your body heat through your head and you feet, so when it’s cold outside, wear real shoes and if you’re bald maybe throw on a hat.
Maybe I’m a product of my upbringing — I was always taught growing up that there are specific ways to dress for different parts of the year and that this concept of changing out the wardrobe in your closet for each season is not only important but also absolutely necessary. Take the “no white shoes after labor day” rule we have in my family or the unspoken “no shorts after the first frost” rule.
As I scuff my sneakers through the dried leaves, sipping a white hot chocolate from my hand just covered by the end of my shirt sleeve, I can feel that fall has finally arrived. I’m just waiting for everyone else to catch on.