Natty Nittany: Fall Fashion Tips

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Fall is here, and that means that the SNUGG (Spandex, North Face, and Uggs) season is upon us once again here in Happy Valley. Instead of dressing for comfort and the cold — when really, it’s not that cold out yet — these awesome folks were sporting some of this season’s top trends.

I had some help from the wonderful Maggie McGlinchy, who helped take photos of these fabulous, fashionable people on campus.


Meet Melody Stringer. She’s sporting a blazer with a cute printed top featuring fall-appropriate colors, mustard yellow skinny jeans, and boots to bring together her look. She also has a unique take on a backpack or laptop case, which makes this a casual outfit perfect for class, with just a hint of business. It was sunny out, so she has on some retro-chic shades.


I caught up with Olivia Kamara last Thursday at the HUB. She kept her look simple with black TOMS, a dress with a leopard-print belt, black leggings, and a motorcycle jacket. The “heavy rocker” look is quite popular this fall, and her look softened the heavy rocker look. She told me that she threw the outfit together, and that she wasn’t ready to be photographed!


Stephanie Boyer is sporting another one of this fall’s popular trends: the comfy, oversized sweater. She’s not swimming in it, and she kept her outfit simple with jeggings and cute boots. To wear an oversized sweater, the only tip I have is to make sure that you don’t look like you’re drowning in fabric! You want to be comfortable, not look like you’re wearing a potato sack.


Onward State’s own Mara Kern went for a Goodwill-chic look with her thrifted blazer. She said that her outfit was inexpensive, which is always a plus for college fashionistas on a tight budget. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, she’s even sporting a pink hair extension that she got at Lipstick!


Ariel Radow went for a comfy, cute, casual look with equestrian boots, a graphic tee, leggings, black infinity scarf, and a chambray shirt. By pairing the leggings with the chambray shirt and boots, she managed to avoid the style where girls look like they are ready to go to the gym by wearing just leggings and a T-shirt. Her look is great for days when you don’t want to put too much effort into looking nice. 


Another trend that is super popular this fall is colored denim. Caitlin Parker went for a light pink version, and paired them with a yellow infinity scarf. The contrast between the yellow and the pink really pops. If you’re looking for cheap colored denim, Target has a wide variety of colors to choose from at a great price point.


Ankle booties are another one of the trends that will be seen a lot this fall. Annaliese Nichman paired hers with a pair of mint skinnies. Mint was a popular color back in the spring, and continues to remain popular this fall, along with other pastel colors that look great against the autumnal backdrop of State College. Ankle booties can also jazz up a “going out” outfit, and also serve as casual attire, like hers.


Katelyn Marmon wasn’t affected by the bipolar weather here in State College. She wore a cute printed dress with a gorgeous green sweater and boots. This look can also be worn when it gets colder, by adding a pair of black tights. She managed to take advantage of a day where the sun is shining, and the weather isn’t too hot or too cold, perfect for an outfit like this. 


Hey gentlemen! I haven’t forgotten about you! Fashionable guys are hard to find on campus, since most of the time, guys dress for comfort, not style. Meet Sam Russell. This guy stands out in a sea of sweatpants, snapbacks, and sneakers. Sam reminds me a bit of Seth Cohen, everybody’s favorite heartthrob from The OC. Converse are great shoes for both men and women, because they’re comfortable and can be paired with a wide selection of different outfits!

Do you have any favorite things to wear in the fall, or other suggestions on how to dress for this weather? Let us know in the comments! 

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Meghin is a senior majoring in Broadcast Journalism and minoring in English. She transferred from the Harrisburg campus as a junior to finish out her schooling at University Park. She has a passion for all things music, fashion, art, and food. She's a Pennsylvania native (born outside of Pittsburgh, and lived in Lebanon for 11 years), but resides in Virginia when she's not in school, and has moved a total of ten times in her life, mostly thanks to the military.

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