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Wednesday, December 6, 2023


Tip Tuesday: Coogs share secrets for dressing for unpredictable weather

In addition to cultural diversity, an active arts scene and tiresome traffic, Houston is often known for its unpredictable weather. This tends to create a constant battle in front of the closet for many when deciding what to wear.

Liberal studies senior Angela Nguyen suggests bringing layers and always having an umbrella on hand.

“I’ll be sweating while walking outside on campus, yet the classrooms inside can be freezing,” Nguyen said. “You never know how the AC is, so dress light but bring a light sweater along just in case.”

For the possibility of rain, Nguyen said flip flops are the way to go.

“Sometimes it’s better to wear flip-flops if you don’t have rain boots, since it’s easier to dry your feet,” Nguyen said. “Cowboy boots are also good. With tennis shoes, your socks and shoes get soaked. And carry bug spray on you. I always get bit by mosquitoes.”

Sturdy shoes and an umbrella are essentials when dressing for unpredictable weather. |Jimmy Moreland/ The Cougar

Sturdy shoes and an umbrella are essentials when dressing for unpredictable weather.  |  Jimmy Moreland/The Cougar

Business alumna Cindy Truong said it’s always a good idea to have extra clothes in the car.

“Not only will you be prepared for Houston’s bipolar weather, but it also helps you out for whatever pops up in your schedule,” Truong said.

“You have your casual school outfit, clothes for working out and possibly formal attire for a spontaneous night out. And I always have a rain poncho in the car just in case. It’s helped me out on various occasions.”

Truong also suggests to be extra careful when wearing white shirts. “For girls, it can be a problem. You never know when it’s going to rain. I have been soaked so many times. Lesson learned.”

Mechanical engineering senior Jose Hernandez emphasized importance of wearing the right shoes.

“The right shoes are essential,” Hernandez said. “I usually look out at the window to see what to wear, and if it looks rainy, I’ll wear shoes with a more rubbery sole. I usually shop at Zumiez and have a lot of skating shoes. Izod and Nike have a lot of good all weather clothing like dri-fit wear.”

With all the choices of where to shop or what to wear, students agree it’s always a good idea to be prepared: have an umbrella in the car just in case and wear the right shoes to be to ready to trek through unpredictable territory.

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