Winter apparel, or lack thereof, has to change

March 2, 2015

DeKeveion Glaspie
dglaspie@uccs.edu

Those clothes in this weather? You’re kidding.

I’m a Colorado Springs native, but after attending CSU-Pueblo I transferred to UCCS. The biggest change for me, while only a short distance away, was the weather.

Used to the close yet different climate and setting of Pueblo, my first winter back in the Springs was a real eye opener. In Pueblo, people would layer themselves with scarves, sweaters and gloves.

But students at UCCS don’t seem to care what the weather is.

I have seen so many people wearing shorts when it is twenty five degrees or colder. Flip flops are an everyday shoe.

Do students not comprehend that they live in Colorado and not Florida?

Students should dress for the appropriate weather, even if that means covering up. No one has time to check you out when it’s below freezing outside.

Some girls feel the need to show that extra skin off just to attract the opposite sex. No one is going to be looking at you when you’re lying sick in bed.

I’ve seen several female students walking around campus in shorts and UGGS. Do they want to be cold or warm?

Some of them add a sweater to their outfit. That’s not going to help a whole lot.

Your legs are still exposed and no matter how many times you say that you’re a Colorado native, it still won’t keep you from catching a cold.

Growing up my mom would always say: “You’re going to catch a cold trying to look cute.” I learned over the years that there are other ways that you can dress warm while still looking good.

For girls, there are many options. It could be as simple as black or burgundy jeans, boots, a sweater and a colored scarf.

Guys aren’t exempted either. I see more males on campus with slit tank tops in January than any other time of the year. We get it, you just worked out and you want to show off your muscles. But come on, we all know that you’re freezing.

There are so many alternatives that will keep you looking handsome and comfortable.

Some girls find it highly attractive when guys wear a sweater and jeans. Save the tank top and shorts for warmer days.

Clothes can be expensive, especially for college students. Secondhand stores such as Plato’s Closet and XS Threads are ideal places to build your wardrobe. Not only are they convenient in price, but in location as well.

Students can dress warm, fashionable and comfortable. There is no need to go half-dressed. UCCS promotes 300 days of sunshine, but we all know that it is never a guarantee. Dress smart.