For some students, the brisk Alabama fall breeze are some of the coolest temperatures they’ve felt in a while.
Floridian students come from a state with an average temperature from October to December ranging from 61 degrees to 75 degrees. While temperatures can drop, it is unlikely anyone living there will need heavy-duty clothes to keep warm.
Those from this region who have come to Auburn University are trying their best to prepare their sunny wardrobe for some real autumn and winter weather.
Robin Shattler, sophomore in business, is from Lake Placid, Florida, and she is trying her best to figure out how to dress for the upcoming chilly months.
“Where I am from it’s like maybe 70s or 60s on a cold day,” Shattler said. “Anything below 60 degrees is unheard of [during fall and winter].”
These temperatures did not cause her to have reason to own clothing built for colder months.
“I have some long sleeve T-shirts, a coat that is too small for me and a jacket,” she said. “That is pretty much it.”
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She did not own much for chilly weather since there are so few times a year she would have to wear them.
“I’d wear these around the end of January,” she said. “I’d wear my jacket most days in the morning and evening but take it off during the day.”
Now that she is attending school in Alabama, she has plans to go shopping specifically for Auburn’s autumn and winter climate.
“I am going to buy boots, socks, a coat that fits me or maybe sweaters,” Shattler said.
There are still a lot of questions for her as to what her wardrobe needs as she has never gone through long periods of time without the weather being mostly warm. She admits to not knowing how to gauge what the proper wardrobe for fall and winter in Auburn consists of.
“I feel like once I experience it and see what I have and what I need to get, then I will know what clothes I should have,” she said.
Shattler has wondered what cooler gamedays will be like.
“I thought about it, and I realized I don’t have any warm Auburn stuff, so I went to the bookstore a couple days ago and bought an Auburn sweatshirt,” she said.
Logan Mason, sophomore in business administration, is another Floridian student from Lakeland, Florida, who also does not have an extensive supply of warm attire.
“At night, it can get freezing, but it will never snow,” he said in regards to his hometown during winter. “Typically, it would just be around 50s or 60s, nothing too serious. One Christmas, it was 85 degrees.”
He claims his closet consists of some sweat pants and a jacket for the cooler time of the year. Mason does not seem too concerned with his lack of warm clothing for the temperature change.
“I don’t really get cold,” he said. “I’m naturally warm.”
He does not feel as though the cooler temperature will impact him too much because he likes the weather. He did go shopping for more clothes, however.
“I got two pairs of sweatpants and two jackets, but not serious jackets, just some athletic, windbreaker jackets,” Mason said.
As far as other pieces of outerwear go, he does not own a heavy-duty jacket of any kind.
“I don’t have a big heavy-duty jacket I’ll bust out if it gets cold,” he said. “I’m going to be in trouble there if that happens. If it snows I’ll just layer up.”
Mason said for him to go out and buy a heavy jacket he is going to have to be cold for a long period of time, but it is possible it could happen.
Cold fashion comes in array of designs and styles. Some may want to be more practical by keeping warm, while others try to stay trendy year round.
Both of these Floridians agreed that it is more important to keep the wardrobe practical during colder months because staying warm will be more important than how they look.
“Since I am not used to the cold, when it is cold I get really really cold, and I am just miserable if it is not warm. I’d rather feel good than look good,” Shattler said.
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