Fashion | December 16th, 2019

5 Campus-Approved Style Tips For the Winter Season

By: Mia Uzzell
5 Campus-Approved Style Tips For the Winter Season

School’s out! [cue the nostalgic sitcom school bell ring.] The last minute cramming in Coleman has officially ceased, which means winter break is here. As Florida A&M University students trek back home with suitcases in tow, it is time to push our summer clothes to the back and bring our winter clothes forward.

Early in the spring semester, the weather is bound to hit the low 20’s and 30’s. Rattlers are known for striking. This doesn’t change during the winter months.

Dressing to impress in the cold is a task not many want to endure. Below, I rounded up the most fashionable winter options I could find from some of our Rattler women, with the perfect amount of inspo to recreate these stunning looks for yourself.

The Infamous Power Suit


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Even with a lineage of predominantly male presidents, one thing for certain and two things for sure, women run this university. In the 128-year history of FAMU, this decade, in particular, will be penned in Eaton’s Archives as groundbreaking with the seating of Elmira Mangum as the first female president of the university and with Cori Bostic becoming the first female drum major of The Marching 100 to scuff the gridiron this past season.

So, to all the female moguls leading in their respective positions, a crisp power suit should never be out of arm’s reach. This winter, take a styling cue from Ashlyn Freeman, a third-year Political Science scholar, who describes the look as “classy, exclusive, and dynamic.” Trading in the typical polyester blends for corduroy in this two-piece set is a twist on a classic that turns heads just the same while remaining super cozy doing it. Try gingerbread and hazelnut hues, like Freeman, rather than the usual bold primary colors.

The Leatherette



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Babyboy you gotta be the dopest , gotta be to fw the coldest 💋

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An old beauty adage says to never underestimate a chick who wears red lipstick. This reigns true about a woman in leather as well. Whether it is in the form of a moto biker jacket or Rockstar skinny pants, a leather piece is quintessential to add a sultry edge. Faux leather skirts (emphasis on cruelty-free), however, are the ultra-fierce leather variation currently on-trend.

Unikique Murray, a Health Science student, wears a deep cranberry leatherette mini which pairs the seasonal color and item well. Leather midi skirts also stay on par with the chic mantra of its predecessor. Taking it back to the mid-decade racks of Forever 21, Murray’s lace and leather combo is the needed duplicity for the look.

Houndstooth-in’ It



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Just practicing for when I’m thirty, flirty, and thriving 🤪✨

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Prints and all their abundant variations achieve glaring notoriety during seasonal peaks, but make no mistake winter’s beloved houndstooth print is here to stay. The Miranda Priestly’ s from New York to LA debut their love for the Scottish pattern each December. Although she’s not exactly like “The Devil Wears Prada” character, our very own editor-in-chief, Aiyana Ishmael, is still the head chick-in-charge in this houndstooth jacket.

The print is befitting for feminine, chic wardrobes. Ishmael’s all-black outfit underneath adds a sleek tone to the outfit, but don’t dare stray away from color this season. According to, merlot, autumnal sunflower, and emerald are a few colors that will pop up on the winter scene. To amp, the outfit up a little more, a subdued print stack with a crocodile leather pair of boots or purse is a splendid addition.

An Oldie, But Goodie


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Strike, strike and strike again! Let’s catch this dub, FAMU! #GoRattlers #FAMU #BCC #BCU

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Wide-brimmed hats surely solidified their position as the grab-and-go accessory of last winter. Its last-minute inclusion in any look is quite punctual for the ultimate fashion blogger image. Every fashion influencer to date has an aesthetic photo with the accessory on their aesthetic-driven profile. The must-have is worn well by Kathryn Lewis, a local fashion influencer and FAMU alumna.

Lewis says the outfit is “comfy, simple with a sprinkle of fabulosity”. The bold snakeskin bell bottom and slouch sleeve sweater fit was elevated by her wide-brim, snagged from Urban Outfitters. The fashion guru’s pairing of an old accessory from last winter with the on-trend fuzzy sweater was a power styling move.

Fuzzy Sweater Weather


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sitting pretty 💕

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Speaking of fuzzy sweaters, Kim Kardashian’s new up-and-coming shapewear line, SKIM, recently added a loungewear capsule to its repertoire labeled “The Cozy Collection.” Amidst the clamor over the brand’s retail prices, users on social media took to their sewing machines to replicate the collection, nodding to the plush knit fabric that’ll steadily rise in demand over the next few months.

Zarria Hill is no stranger to staying on top of the latest trends. The Junior Broadcast Journalism student rocks a plush fur jacket with a ribbed mauve combo. Hill says she intentionally “[served] different shades of pinks and nudes that correspond with each other” to seamlessly pull together her monochromatic attire. Zipping on a pair of over the knee latex boots, like Hill, or chunky ankle booties will add the perfect contrast to complement the soft fabric.

If any of these tips don’t satisfy your fashion taste, there are a few honorable mentions that are sure to do so. Outside of her studies as an Environmental Science student, Kyra Freeney is affectionately known on our campus as Miss Freshman Attendant who reigns with grace and an exquisite sense of style. The campus queen says “I am looking forward to spotting gigot sleeves, more variations of mini purses, and printed boots this winter.” These three trends fit right in with the other campus-approved style tips sure to command the winter scene.

What’s your favorite winter trend? Let us know on Twitter @journey_mag , or show us your looks on Instagram by tagging @journeymag !

Featured image courtesy of @diamondalicia_