Seasonal Transitions: Keep Warm With 4 Key Pieces


Tour guides and chat ambassadors here at St. Michael’s College in Vermont are asked several questions from prospective students and parents on a regular basis. Usually, a few particular questions come up repeatedly. One of which revolves around the notorious New England-winter: how cold does it get and how do you handle that while getting around campus?

Truth be told, Vermont doesn’t really get that much colder than the rest of New England does in the fall/winter seasons, and keeping warm comes down to your careful preparation, wherever you are with a cold winter.

As you’re packing up to move back to your college campus at summer’s close, your first thought probably won’t be to grab your winter jacket. However, you’ll be surprised at how quickly the end of summer transitions to the beginning of fall, and you certainly don’t want to wait until Thanksgiving break to bring those warm items back to college.

Thankfully, there are only four key items you’ll want to bring in addition to the rest of your summer wardrobe to ensure a smooth, warm transition into the beginning of fall:

1.) Down Vest


Down vests are a personal favorite of mine. They’re an easy extra layer to throw over a sweater, hoodie, or long-sleeved shirt, and not only do they go the extra mile in adding a little warmth, but they also add a new dimension to your outfit!

2.) Hat or Headwarmer

8aba09cca828425570c6d483573a2b6ePersonally, all I need is a little headwarmer as the weather starts to get cool, and I only pull the hats out when winter truly hits.

3.) Scarf

best-infinity-scarf-670km040113Along the same lines as the down vest, a scarf adds to both your warmth and your outfit.


4.) Gloves


On especially chilly fall days, gloves can go a long way in keeping warm on a trek across campus.

Hope you enjoyed today’s post, and stay warm!!

What are your favorite fall fashion staples? How do you stay warm on campus?

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Claire Cavanaugh

Claire Cavanaugh

Claire is a rising junior at St. Michael's College, a small liberal arts school in Colchester, Vermont, where she studies Media Studies, Journalism, and Digital Arts. You can find her frequenting Smuggler's Notch Ski Resort and blogging for the St. Michael's College Founders Society. Back home in Newbury, Massachusetts, Claire is a lifegaurd at a local YWCA. She loves writing, photography, skiing, and exploring new places. Check out her St. Michael's blog ( as well as her Instagram (@claire_cavanaugh) to keep up on her college experience in Vermont!