Trying out new coats can help with fashion for colder months

Olivia Rajska

As I was walking to class, I spotted senior engineering major Greg McFadden. What caught my attention was the detailing of his outfit. There were many colors, textures and layers that worked together and formed one look.

McFadden wore an NIU beanie, a navy hooded toggle coat from Macy’s, a gray V-neck T-shirt from Express, brown H&M chino pants, red gloves from Urban Outfitters and black sneakers from Rue21.

His navy coat is the focal point of his outfit. The inner lining of the coat has a red and navy plaid pattern with an inner pocket, making it fashionable and versatile. The toggle clasps make this piece stand out in all the right ways.

McFadden described his personal style as urban chic.

“I wear what I want and take my style from different inspirations,” he said.

I appreciate McFadden’s effort in his outfit and I encourage others to try new styles, especially during their college years. Keeping an open mind in style gives you the ability to experiment with new looks and figure out what works for you in the future.

Be willing to try out new coats for the fall and winter months. McFadden embraces the toggle coat with great ease. Other cold weather favorites include the trench coat, pea coat, military jacket, motorcycle jacket and wool, fur and leather coats. All these styles work for both men and women. Once you have the perfect coat for these colder months, layer up with sweaters, coats, scarves and hats, too.

Next time you head out to class, keep yourself toasty with the right coat, shoes, warm accessories and a hot cup of coffee or hot chocolate. Battle the cold with warmth and style.