Essential accessories for miserable Union winter


By Becca Seel

Though Schenectady experiences all four seasons, the climate is anything but temperate. As the searing heat gives way to falling leaves, it’s time to start thinking about your fall and winter essentials. You can stay warm and dry with the right accessories.

Footwear is an extremely important aspect of your outfit in the dreary autumn and winter climes.

As we have already seen, Union is frequently besieged by downpours in the transitional weeks between the warmth of September and the October chill. Ladies have been wading through water on the school sidewalks in a numerous assortment of rainboots. Polka dots, other zany patterns, or solid colored Hunters predominate Union style.

An alternative to clomping around campus in heavy Wellies is a sturdy pair of boots. Rain won’t get in unless you stumble into a surprise puddle (guilty) and with jeans tucked in you can manage to look polished and stylish.

Another popular footwear choice that can take you from October to spring is the popular “Bean boot,” a classic offering from L.L. Bean.

The Bean boot comes in several styles. The first is an ankle-high bootie, which is a good option for a moderately rainy day, but won’t do much for you in the winter term snow.  Other styles come up to mid-calve and are much better suited to heavy snows and the icky slush and mush of January and February snow drifts.

Besides footwear, you can defy the miserable weather of the capital region with other accessory choices. Scarves are a perennial fashion statement and cold-weather essential for Union ladies. I’ve already seen girls sporting their pashminas in an assortment of colors. However, a good thick scarf can guard you from the blustery Union wind tunnel, especially when one adds a pair of gloves and a hat.

Upperclass students know of the horrors lying ahead in the following months. From heavy snows to disgusting dirty slush, the Union student has to be prepared for what is to come.

Spoiler alert, but the new, environmentally-friendly alternative to the salt they lay down on the sidewalks is made of soy, so don’t be too surprised when you think you smell sushi walking to the humanities building.

So to the freshman and my uperclass compatriots, I bid you good luck in your struggles against Mother Nature over the next five months.


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