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Sunday, December 03, 2023

How to layer clothes for Wisconsin’s unpredictable fall weather

Recently, I walked home from class, sweat dripping down my face, wearing a loose pair of sweat shorts and a fitted t-shirt. The weather was over 70 degrees, and it was a beautiful fall day. 

The next day, I woke up freezing, and the sky was gray. It was 49 degrees. I wore heavy sweatpants and a large fleece jacket, hoping that I would not get sick from the dramatic weather change. 

Some days in Madison, the weather can feel like the dead of winter in the morning and a nice summer day by 3 p.m. 

One way to combat these rapid changes is to layer outfits. 

First, you want to put on a base tank top or t-shirt, generally a neutral color that would match whatever color pants you are wearing. The base tank top is typically more form-fitting and would be the layer that you wear indoors during classes. 

This season, trendy bottoms include linen pants or comfortable jeans. For class, you want to feel supported and cute throughout the day. For a good color scheme, anything that is beige, black or navy will allow you to mix and match with other tops. 

Next, you will want to layer over a loose-fitting long-sleeve top that is easy to take on and off. 

Finally, wearing a winter coat is always important when the weather becomes cold. These jackets could be fleece jackets, hoodies, leather jackets, jean jackets — whatever you can think of that works as an insulating layer. 

Wisconsin weather can be so unpredictable on any given day. Preparing your outfits the night before can prove to be a waste of time due to the random weather patterns.

Many times I have walked up Bascom Hill, sweating from my trek to the top. Nothing is worse than feeling hot and gross. The worst part was that I had to stay in those clothes for the rest of the day. 

That is why having an option to add or remove clothes is a smart choice, especially on this campus. Layering is fun once you have chosen your own personal style, and it adds a little more flair to your fall look.

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