Brown Threads: Holiday Fashion Edition


Ever wonder what college students wear to survive the temperamental New England weather in style? Not sure what to pack for college? Curious about the trends fashionable Brown students are trying out each season? Look no further! Brown Threads with Caitlin Meuser will feature weekly posts about the fashion seen on Brown University’s campus.

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is picking out an outfit for a given festive occasion. There is just something about a nice winter outfit that puts me in the mood for sipping hot chocolate while surrounded by friends and family. Even after years of holiday outfits, I still get excited every year to wear a new dress, slip into tights, and put on my go-to black flats before heading off to my grandparents’ house. This year is no different; however, I may need more than one holiday outfit for all the get-togethers that occur on campus during the holiday season.

Even though finals season is approaching, students still manage to find time to host nice pot-luck dinners, Secret Santa exchanges, or ugly Christmas sweater parties. While students get a chance to celebrate the holiday season with their families once finals are over, it’s nice to celebrate the holidays with friends as well. Although these friendly get-togethers may not be as fancy as a Thanksgiving dinner at your grandparents’ house, it’s still fun to put on a festive red sweater or a warm scarf in order to show your holiday spirit. Personally, I prefer comfort over fashion on the holidays anyway. I don’t like to wear anything that can stain easily since I know I will be around lots of messy appetizers and people with drinks everywhere. I also tend to stay away from wearing really tight outfits because tight outfits never seem to fit right after a large meal. A great comfortable outfit for a holiday get-together is an oversized sweater with an infinity scarf, leggings, tall boots, and a high topknot. This outfit is stylish and has lots of give so that you don’t have to worry about stretching the fabric after a holiday feast. Another great outfit is dark skinny jeans, comfortable flats, a festive colored tank top, and a small jacket on top for added warmth. Feel free to layer on the necklaces and rings with this outfit to add some personality. In reality, holidays are about feeling warm and loved, so just make sure to pick an outfit that you love and feel confident in.

While crazy holiday accessories might not have a place around the family dinner table, crazy accessories are always appreciated in college. If you have a reindeer headband that lights up, a fuzzy santa hat, or an oversized frosty the snowman sweater, by all means bring them to college. There will definitely be an occasion where such items will come in handy, even if its just wearing them as you bake sugar cookies with your dorm mates. Speaking of cookies, below is a recipe for my absolute favorite type of holiday cookie. Enjoy and have a happy holidays!


6 candy canes, finely chopped (about 1/3 cup), divided

1 pkg. (8 oz.) Cream Cheese, softened

36 OREO Cookies, finely crushed

4 pkg. (4 oz. each) Semi-Sweet Chocolate, broken into pieces, melted


RESERVE 1 Tbsp. chopped candy. Mix remaining candy with cream cheese and cookie crumbs until blended.

SHAPE into 48 (1-inch) balls. Freeze 10 min. Dip balls in melted chocolate; place on waxed paper-covered rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle with reserved candy.

REFRIGERATE 1 hour or until firm.

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