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Campbell’s Couture: Why you still need to dress warmly to the bars

"Trendy is the last stage before tacky." — Karl Lagerfeld

Many continue to dress like it's summer out as the cold winter nights roar on. Not only should you dress warmly for style purposes, but we can also tell you're underage. 

Please, ladies, stop braving the cold hoping that someone will give you a jacket, or even look cute. It's not worth it. 

Whether it's to a nice dinner or the bars on a Friday night, you should still dress up for the occasion. You can totally still look cute and stay warm during a night out. 

Here's my philosophy: If I want to wear a tank or short sleeve top, I always pair it with a coat on top. No, not a large and thick jacket. I always wear my go-to black, cropped puffer jacket. The size is cute enough to pair with jeans or other pants and the color is sleek enough to go with any. Plus, it keeps me warm when I'm walking to and from Court Street. 

Other jacket options include leather, oversized denim or even a thicker shacket (shirt jacket). Neutral-colored jackets will perfectly complement a more colorful top underneath. A statement jacket, however, should be paired with a neutral-colored top. 

Whatever you do, do not bring a coat you don't want to get ruined. If it cannot be easily cleaned, leave it at home. 

If I'm wearing a thicker long-sleeve top or a sweater, I might ditch a coat depending on the weather. My go-to is usually a cropped sweater or cardigan with a tank or bralette underneath. That way, I can stay warm while walking but take it off if I'm too hot at the event. 

Neutrals look good on anyone, but I love wearing funky patterned and colored sweaters while I'm out. Common items to go with these are faux leather pants, jeans or flare leggings. They pair with almost any combination of items. 

If you're truly against outerwear or a sweater, a good trick is to wear a cropped T-shirt on top of a thin turtleneck top. I like to wear this to more casual nights out. You can throw a black or white one underneath almost anything and tuck it in under your bra. Then, you can let the t-shirt flow on top. You can give the crop top illusion while still staying warm and stylish. 

I would never tell a woman she's not wearing enough clothes. If you can brace the cold, far be it from me to keep you from doing you. However, I am not one of those girls. 

I hope these tricks are helpful for your next night out. Remember, staying warm doesn't mean you aren't staying chic. 

Hannah Campbell is a junior studying journalism at Ohio University. Please note that the views and opinions of the columnist do not reflect those of The Post. Do you agree? Tell Hannah by tweeting her at @hannahcmpbell.

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