How to Dress for Unexpected Weather

We’ve all heard the saying, “If you don’t like the weather in Blacksburg, just wait a few minutes!” This seems to be a pretty accurate representation of the sudden changes in temperature we’ve been experiencing, and how annoying is it when you’re shivering for your 8 am and sweating through your heavy coat by noon? So I’ve put together a couple of tips and tricks to dress for the unexpected weather—cold, hot, wind, rain, snow; bring it on Blacksburg!

Layers, layers, layers

Ever wear a tank top during the winter? Well maybe try it out to avoid being overheated once the temperature climbs from 50 degrees to 70 degrees in the span of a couple hours. I like to layer flannels on top of short sleeves or tank tops to give me warmth in the morning and then you can tie the flannel around your waist when it heats up—trendy and functional! Scarves are also a cute, functional way to stay warm and can easily be removed later on.

Hats, Gloves, and Socks

This may seem obvious to wear hats and gloves when it gets cold out, but try keeping a pair in your backpack for when the weather turns on you and you find yourself shivering! Carrying around a big, bulky winter jacket isn’t realistic for sudden changes in weather. Having something covering your head and hands is better than nothing, and they won’t take up too much space in your bag. I’ve been obsessed with pom-pom hats recently. Knee-high socks can also be a life-saver if you’re trying to beat the cold. They can keep you warm in the morning and can be taken off in the afternoon and replaced with a shorter pair.

ALWAYS have an umbrella

Let’s face it, even if you were prepared with a rain jacket and boots they are no match for Blacksburg rain. I feel like umbrellas are a VERY underrated accessory. They can be super cute and sleek, but most importantly umbrellas can come in handy for those days when the rain teams up with the wind and comes down sideways. I started carrying a small umbrella in my backpack and it has saved me and my belongings from unexpected downpours many times. If you’re still worried about your books getting wet, I know people who carry around plastic bags with them which they can cover their stuff in for an extra protective layer underneath their backpack.

I hope you enjoyed these little tips! Stay warm, Hokies (or cool, I guess we’ll never know!)

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