’SeoCHIC: still sporting skirts

Brrr! The below-freezing temperatures and frequent snow flurries can make wintertime in Geneseo a drag – but the chill shouldn't stop you from showcasing your wardrobe's hottest pieces. The fashionista still manages to attend winter classes in style, donning outfits like a duotone houndstooth mini-skirt, black tights, a ruffled ivory tank top, a buttoned cardigan and a tan wool pea coat.

Form-fitting miniskirts are in fashion right now, and when paired with black tights, they can highlight hips and draw attention to legs. The look creates a slimming, lengthy image that's perfect for more petite girls.

Celebrities have been quick to catch on to the trend. At Z100's Jingle Ball in New York City, Rihanna glamorously arrived in a vintage houndstooth skirt with a matching tank and accessorized with a silver cuff bangle and an oval-shaped turquoise ring. Actress Taylor Momsen has also designed and modeled many of her patterned miniskirts, adorned with anything from hot pink ruffles to black lace.

You might think that keeping up with recent trends is too expensive for a college student, but the truth is that being stylish doesn't have to mean splurging an entire paycheck on one outfit. Fabulous deals are everywhere! Check out dELiA*s or Urban Behavior at Marketplace Mall in Henrietta, N.Y. for cute and affordable miniskirts for just under $25. For the pricier skirts, check out Anthropologie or Arden B.

Now all you have to do is pull yourself together and whip out the skirts you've been saving for warmer seasons! To keep extra cozy, put on a pair of leg warmers with knee-high boots. You can even throw on a pair of chandelier earrings or a vintage ring to put some flavor into any mundane outfit. Wearing bold-colored earrings such as a pair with magenta and azure are especially eye-catching.

Warm? Check. Sophisticated? Check. 'seoCHIC? Check.

Stay stylin' Geneseo,

Betty Sun