Dressing for El Nino

WORDS BY: LEI PHILLIPS
PHOTOS BY: STEFFANIE PADILLA

 

The deviating winter patterns of El Niño makes getting ready in the morning confusing. Here is how a few CSULB students try to stay stylish despite the mix-up of hot and cold conditions.

Anthony Namirez, freshman aerospace engineering major, is constantly observing the changing weather patterns.

“Every morning I check the weather before I decide my outfit,” Namirez said. “If it is semi-cold, a flannel shirt but if it’s cold, a jacket will do.”

Brandon Soeur, a sophomore healthcare administration major, says he tries to balance his personal style with the weather.

“I always find a medium between,” Soeur said.  “Like today is kind of gloomy, but if it’s hot, I’ll have a crop top on and nice warm joggers.”

Anthony Namirez

Anthony Namirez

Brandon Soeur

Brandon Soeur

The key to dressing for bipolar weather is layers. A well-textured cable-knit sweater and leather jacket works wonders on all shapes and sizes while keeping warm from the cold breeze or the rain that comes and goes. The possibility of overdressing can happen and this is when layering comes especially handy. If the sun decides to come out and we’re in 80 degree weather just take off a layer. No one has time to pack multiple outfits for the day and that’s when layering proves to be the most practical.

CSULB students Willy Charles Rudy and Danielle Fisser can also attest to this mantra.

“It’s all about layering. There are certain key points you can cover up and if I had a scarf on, I’d be 10 degrees hotter,” Rudy said. “Clothes that are multi-functional… you can wear this flannel as a scarf.”

“Or even on your head,” Fissler said.

Willy Charles Rudy (left) and Danielle Fissler (right)

Willy Charles Rudy (left) and Danielle Fissler (right)

Erin Matias, who studies fashion merchandising and design, follows her rule of looking in certain areas of her closet to create an outfit.

“If it’s super hot I’d look through my shorts section. I start with my bottoms shorts or skirts,” Matias said. “If I’m really lazy, a nice summer dress because people will always think that you are put together with dresses.”

Picking out what to wear is not difficult for twins Christine and Jennifer Geasey.

“I work in vintage and I dress like this everyday so it’s really something that is second nature to me,” Christine said.

Both sisters are seniors and studio art majors.

“Keeping nice pieces in your wardrobe makes it easier to for you to grab. If I’m going to have a t-shirt then get a cute t-shirt and just do that,” Jennifer said

Erin Matias

Erin Matias

Christine and Jennifer Geasey

Christine and Jennifer Geasey

California weather may be difficult but fashion definitely isn’t. It takes practice and a good eye but at the end of the day, your personal style is what makes you a fashionista.