By Kayla Shults and Abby Del Vecchio
March has begun, but the cold weather doesn’t look like it is going away anytime soon. With a campus as large as Stony Brook University, and these brutal temperatures and wind chills, students have to bundle up in order to keep warm — even if it means sacrificing their fashion sense.
In order to keep warm during these brutal temperatures, 20-year-old biology student, Emily Fidilio says, “Infinity scarves are a must in this weather. Also, big cozy stuff, like oversized sweaters, to keep warm.”
“Look at my boots,” said Fidilio. “They’re so dirty from the snow!”
“I wear cardigans and sometimes argyle sweaters to keep me warm,” said 21-year-old business major Erik Hoerner.
“When temperatures dip below 30 and it’s so windy I would rather be warm than fashionable,” said Hoerner.
“This pea coat keeps me warm,” said Hoerner. “And it’s fashionable, I mean look at it!”
Holly Vickers works for the non-profit organization, Bottom Line, which aims to help disadvantaged students, “get into college, graduate from college and go far in life.”
The 26-year-old was at Stony Brook University to meet with some students involved with her program. About her winter fashion, she said, “I don’t own any pants so I wear dresses all year. If it’s really cold I’ll wear up to three pairs of fleece or regular tights. Summer and winter clothes are the same for me, just with or without the tights.”
Lauren Reinertsen is a 21-year-old member of the Stony Brook Rugby squad. Her fashion is something she’s proud of, even if some people don’t like it as much as she does. “This is an over sized coat because it’s a men’s jacket,” said Reinertsen. “Most people laugh at it so I’m glad someone appreciates it!”
The sociology major credits her fashion skills to America’s Next Top Model and its host, Tyra Banks. “Everything I know about modelling I learned from Tyra,” said Reinertsen.
“Sweaters, leggings, mittens and scarves are the most important things to wear,” said Yelizaveta Lysakoea, a 19-year-old psychology major. “I always have coffee because it’s so cold.”
24-year-old sociology major and biology minor Oscar Icochea says he doesn’t let the cold weather affect his fashion. “I just make it work,” he said. “I try to buy fashionable winter clothes.”
Icochea’s motto when it comes to his fashion sense? “You gotta be a baller on a budget.”
No matter how cold it may be, it looks like the people at Stony Brook always know how to stay fashionable. Even though it doesn’t look like the snow is melting away anytime soon, let’s hope March will bring slightly warmer temperatures so Seawolves can break out this spring’s hottest trends, whatever they may be.