Sartorial Sara: Knits are legit (and warm)

“It’s winter. It’s cold. It’s obvious.”

Columbia’s free-spirited weather makes planning the day’s outfit a little bit tricky, especially if, like me, you have days where you are on campus from the crack of dawn to the darkening dusk. That’s where outer layers come in handy. Specifically, knit layers.

Yes, this trend that many people envision grandma clutching two needles and weaving yarn together is in — very in.

As I perused the Mizzou campus in late January for the first time as a street style columnist, quite a few things crossed my mind. Here are a few of those thoughts in chronological order:

  1. Are people really still wearing Uggs?

  2. What is that guy in the shorts trying to prove?

  3. I hope people don’t think I’m being creepy when I stare at them; I’m just trying to get a good look at their outfit.

  4. Maybe I should wear sunglasses when I do this — that way people won’t know how long I’ve been looking at their outfit.

Then, alas, my fifth and final thought that actually pertained to what this week’s column topic was about all the knits I was seeing, and how they’re legit.

From beanies to scarves to hats, knits were everywhere on campus post-break. Christmas presents? Perhaps. I got a couple of sheepish grins when I asked where certain ensembles came from, and was told, “My mom knit this one for me.” How adorable, right?

Others named H&M, Urban Outfitters and Forever 21 as the main connoisseurs of this cottony warmth.

The beauty of this trend is that it is just as easy to put on as it is to take off. Have class at 8 a.m. when it’s freezing until 3 p.m. when it’s balmy? No problem. Throw on a beanie or a knit scarf in the morning. They’re warm enough to prevent your ears from reddening and your neck from going full-on goosebump, and they’re easy enough to slip off and throw in your bag as the day goes on and the temperature goes up. Missouri weather is no match for you and your trendy, cozy self.

These knits act as an accessory. I know I get tired of putting on the same old knee-length black nylon coat, but I love picking out different hats and scarves to spice up the staple to my warmth. If I’m having a bad hair day? Knit hat. If I’m feeling cooler than I actually am? Beanie. If I’m wanting to add color and warmth and match what’s underneath my coat? Scarf. That, or something similar to that, is usually what’s going on in my head as I groggily open my closet door attempting to take on the day in a fashionable way.

So next time Mom or Grandma takes the time to knit you something nice, thank them. No really, genuinely thank them. Also, take a moment to appreciate how they are on point, and recognize them not only as providers and caretakers to your cold, cold self but also trend forecasters. Thanks, Mom.

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