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One of the best things you can do to evaluate a school is to attend a formal campus tour. It’s a win-win. You’ll get a sense of the campus and students, and you’ll be expressing interest. The best time to tour schools is when they’re in session. Unfortunately, for many colleges located in the Northeast and Midwest, this will entail a winter tour. As such, winter tours present the challenge of rain, snow, slush, and scarily cold temperatures. So it’s time to bundle up… Because you’re about to go on a winter tour.

When you’re touring a school, you want to look nice, professional, and age appropriate. You don’t need to look overly formal, unless you’re also attending an on-campus interview (which are not very common during the winter season). You’ll want to look nice enough so that if you get the chance to talk to someone slightly influential, you’ll make a good impression. However, you will also be doing a lot of walking and traveling. So make sure you’re nice and comfortable as well. Generally, just make sure your outfit has these components:

1. A Warm Jacket. It’s cold, and you will be outside. Be prepared. If you don’t own a fashionable and super warm coat, this is a good time to make the investment. You’ll be thankful to have it when you go to college regardless.

2. Waterproof Shoes. Even if it’s not always raining or snowing, there is a good chance you will run into puddles or mud or both—what I like to refer to as muddles.

3. Sleeves. This is more for the girls than the guys. Seriously. Remember to wear something with long sleeves.

Anyways, here are a few specific outfit ideas to spark your interest.

Trudging through That Snowy Quad

Skinny brown pants, a cardigan, a classic but youthful pea coat, and snow boots. You’ll look polished, casual, young, and professional all in one go. This is your go-to classic outfit. You’ll thank me later.

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Fleece-Lined Leggings (duh)

I’m a big fan of not wearing pants, which makes me a huge fan of super-warm fleece lined leggings. This outfit is feminine, warm, fashionable, and did I mention WARM? Ugg (or knockoff Ugg) boots will keep you super warm, and this jacket provides interesting details without going into the common pea coat.

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Things a Guy Would Have

If you don’t already own a casual button down, make the investment. They’re effortless and make you look awesome (and put together). Jeans are a given in the cold weather, and these snow boots strike a balance between understated and cool.

Screen shot 2014-01-19 at 11.46.16 PMBut Actually… Why Don’t Boys Own Snow Boots?

I’m wary to put sneakers into a touring post, but these are pretty nice looking and aren’t running shoes. Many guys I know (especially high school ones) don’t own proper snow boots, so if you’re not willing to make the investment, go with a non-athletic sneaker. Also, guys: pea coats are girl (also guy, whatever your preference is) magnets. This sweater is really pretty cool (zip up cable knit? I’ll take five). Khakis are another wardrobe staple that you should invest in if you don’t already own them.

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Obviously, you can input your own style and flare on any kind of outfit you’ll need, but hopefully these few ideas get some of those creative juices flowing.

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Jillian is better known by her pseudonym “CollegeApp Chick", which is half college application blog and half small private college advising business. She’s currently studying Psychology and Religious Studies at a small public school south of the Mason Dixon line. When not advising, studying, or blogging Jillian is an active member of the Shakespeare theatre club, sandbox improv, women’s chorus, and is an officer in a social sorority. She likes to talk, a lot. Most importantly, Jillian wears dresses more than 250 days a year. For more of Jillian’s tips, find her at her website or her Tumblr.

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