Life Lessons with Emily: Dress for Georgia weather

Emily Farlow

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Technically, it’s fall. But we live in Georgia, so fall doesn’t exist. Instead, it’s winter in the mornings and summer in the afternoons, at least temperature-wise. So, how are we supposed to dress?
Walking out of a class at 12 p.m. wearing a sweater in 70 degree weather is less than pleasant, but when you put on the sweater at 9 a.m. it kept you warm on your frigid walk to class. The solution to this problem is possibly as old as fashion itself: layers.
Dressing in layers will keep you warm in the morning when it is 30 degrees, and later when the temperature gets hot taking off layers will save you from an uncomfortable walk to class or your dorm.
The first layer should be a breathable material such as wool or synthetic fabrics. The breathable material will keep perspiration away from your skin, helping you stay dry and therefore warm. A short-sleeved t-shirt works well, especially if the afternoons get very warm and you want to wear the t-shirt on its own.
The middle layer is what will keep you warm in the morning. A fleece material or some sort of sweater will keep you insulated on your walk to class.
For the outer layer, wear a jacket that will protect you from the wind (or rain, if applicable). A windbreaker with a hood is a good way to keep the wind from chilling your body in the mornings.
If you want, wear a scarf, hat and mittens to protect your extremities.
Pants-wise, your best bet is probably jeans. They will protect your legs during the chilly morning, and they won’t be too hot in the afternoon.
As the day gets hotter, begin shedding your layers. The only downside to layering is having to carry your layers with you the rest of the day. Try stuffing your jacket and sweater (if you take it off) in your backpack.
Once the sun goes down and it gets cold again, simply put your layers back on. It’s tedious, but as Georgians, it’s something we must learn how to do.

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