The end of the semester is just around the corner and our agenda books have reached maximum capacity. Finals season pairs itself with the winter season, and in addition to our long lists of assignments, there’s now the long holiday shopping list - that is, if you’ve even figured out what to get for friends and family yet. Wish lists can be difficult to brainstorm, but for many University of Maryland students, fashion-related gifts are a safe bet.
Junior criminology and criminal justice and economics double major Kayleigh Hasson defines her own sense of style as simple. As a result, Hasson’s holiday fashion wishlist is concise and straightforward: new shoes and a new black suit to wear for mock trial tournaments. Her simple style, however, adapts whenever the winter season comes around.
“During the holidays, I’ll usually wear jeans with heeled booties and a nice sweater,” Hasson said. “I also love winter accessories, my friend Ryann made me a super cute knitted red and yellow hat - Maryland colors!”
For Christmas and holiday parties, Hasson loves to wear maroon and green sweaters, using her apparel’s color scheme as a fashionable and festive feature in her style.
Color scheme in an outfit is key, and Amanda Dolin agrees. Dolin is the head buyer of Evoluxxy, a women’s clothing store based in Rockville. Having contact with numerous potential vendors for Evoluxxy and determining what products are available, Dolin shares her insight on what colors typically appear the most in fashion as the winter holiday season approaches.
“For the winter, different shades of neutral tone for whole outfits are in style, like sand, camel, even tan,” Dolin said.
At Evoluxxy, Dolin finds that holiday dresses, jewelry and cashmere scarves and sweaters are hot sellers during the holiday season. According to Dolin, the current winter trend among younger college students consists of fuzzy sweaters, and chain attached accessories like boots and jewelry.
Freshman public health science major Emily Nguyen is a fan of more muted colors and earthy tones for winter. Nguyen identifies her sense of style as a combination of “soft girl,” “skater girl” and thrifted “grandma.” Given her mixed style, Nguyen’s wish list encompasses her fashion variability: gold jewelry, high top blue converse, high top platform converse, platform doc martens and tote bags.
“I have multiple pairs of converse on my wish list because they’re just so fun and they match with everything, and I have gold jewelry on my list because they really enhance a look,” Nguyen said.
For the holidays, Nguyen incorporates turtlenecks into her outfits, often layering them under sweaters. She also goes for Sherpa jackets and bubble coats.
The holiday trend towards jewelry and muted tones are prevalent among the wish lists of young college students, like Nguyen. Even for Hasson, while her simpler style may not be based on trends, laidback fashion is not too far from current trends either, especially given the pandemic, said Dolin.
“Vegan Leather and Faux Fur trend the most for the holidays,” Dolin said. “But because of the pandemic, I expect students will have more comfortable and cozy outfits on their wishlist.”
Sophomore theater major Emily Pan attests to comfortability and coziness trending among UMD students.
“I probably dress more [cozily] since most of the time I'm curling up at home drinking hot chocolate,” Pan said. “It just feels good to dress comfy and feel warm inside from the joy of the holidays.”
In colder weather, Pan’s fashion taste is influenced by Asian street style since it’s comfy and simple - something both she and Hasson strive for.
“Hoodies are always gonna be at the top of my list, I already have so many but the more the merrier!” Pan said. “They’re just both so comfortable and so easy to pair with a bomber or jean jacket.”
While this mini survey of three UMD students doesn’t accurately represent the entire student body’s holiday fashion wish list, it’s safe to say that with the winter season, two types of styles emerge: the trendy chic represented by Dolin and Nguyen, or the comfy-cozy attire typically worn by Hasson and Pan.
If you’re still stumped on what to get your family and friends for the holidays, keep in mind that fashion is never out of season and clothes can always serve as a great gift!