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Natty Nittany: Election Day Fashion

Election Day tends to bring out some of the most spirited and patriotic fashions in many people, whether they supported Romney, Obama, Stein, Johnson, or other candidates in the running for a seat in the Oval Office. The Natty Nittany scoped out some of the best fashions seen around the HUB on Election Day, patriotic or not.



Nothing screams “MURRICAAAA!” like wearing American flag shirts, like Molly Sheerer and Allie Clauss. Molly was helping out the College Republicans, showing her patriotism. Allie, on the other hand, was walking in the HUB when I spotted her, but what struck my eye at first were her shoes. She was an All-American girl on Election Day with her awesome baseball Keds. Allie did tone down her flag shirt with a comfy cardigan, but still looked quite stylish. Sadly, there were not as many bold enough as these two to show their love of their country. I was expecting to see more spirited patriots!


Wesley Chamberlain is a man of style. He knows fashion, and that becomes more apparent when you speak with him, especially the way he talked about his clothes. Since the beautiful colors of fall were blown off the trees when Sandy swept through State College, he decided to brighten up his dark outfit with some pops of color. He wore a grey striped sweater from Vince, pairing that with a lightly colored denim shirt from Levi’s. To stay warm, he wore a leather/wool jacket. He also wasn’t afraid to wear black jeans, which look great on anybody, no matter what. His shoes are what really make the outfit. He’s wearing wing-tip Varvatos boots, that he got from his brother.


Diane Kearney was handing out flyers for THON’s Cold Stone benefit. What caught my attention was  how bright, cheerful, and flowy her outfit was. Her skirt was easily my favorite part about her whole outfit. Her bright outfit made my day when I saw it, and made me appreciate the wonderful people who hand out flyers in the HUB, when many walk past them without a glance.


Ryan Brown was helping people figure out where to head to vote, while repping his fraternity. He was also wearing a spiffy bow tie. Bow ties on guys looks great, no matter who you are! If the Doctor can pull it off, surely, you can too. Bow ties are classic, no matter what color. In fact, you can even buy them pre-tied, so you don’t have to worry about the hassle of tying them yourself. They look great with all sorts of outfits, and can turn a simple, casual outfit into a dapper one.


Big city style was brought to the small town of State College by Renee Abnye. Her outfit is edgy and feminine at the same time. She wasn’t afraid to be bold, and showed some American spirit with her red scarf and American flag headband. She kept her look casual, but still managed to make an impression on everyone she saw around her!


Mike Pendleton and Devin Schiaffino both looked quite fashionable together, while keeping warm on a very chilly day, stopping to smile for the camera. Mike’s look is quite easy for any guy to put together, with Sperrys, rolled khakis, a peacoat, with a pop of color popping through with his red, white, and blue checkered button down. Devin on the other hand, was wearing equestrian boots with black leggings, a navy cable-knit sweater, adding color with her leopard-print scarf. Her beige toggle coat was a great addition to her outfit geared towards the colder weather. If you look closely, you can also see her flashy ring, adding some pizzazz to her outfit. Accessories are key!


These two men showcased two different styles seen on campus. Lerell Richards, on the left,  looked spiffy, while Donovan Smith, on the right, dressed down. Lerell was wearing a navy blue cardigan, with a chambray button down, showcasing many shades of blue. He also added a knitted infinity scarf to his ensemble, making his outfit bold. He wore a light-colored pair of Sperrys, dressed down with jeans. Donovan showed off his school spirit, in a Penn State sweatsuit and sneakers. He managed to look comfortable and stay comfortable…and that’s totally okay. It’s nice to dress down every once in a while!

Did you guys see anything interesting on Election Day? Or do you have any other suggestions on how to dress for cool, crisp weather as it starts to get colder outside? Either way, let us know in the comments! Don’t forget, the weather in Happy Valley is quite bipolar, as this weekend’s weather forecast is predicting temps in the lower 60s, as opposed to the chilly 40s we’ve been seeing for a few weeks!

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