American Takeover: Comparing Spring Styles

By Alexis Fores | collegestylewatch.wordpress.com

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 As spring comes around the corner, many individuals are beginning to break out their bright pastel colors and spring dresses. However, for SUNY Fredonia, we are still wearing our winter coats awaiting the warmer spring weather.

This is one of the many differences I will like to share with you guys in regards to the comparison of Australian spring fashion and American spring fashion. Shall we begin?

1. According to the wandering wombat herself, “in Australia, our weather is basically nine months of ‘summer’ weather.”

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Nine months of summer weather would be heaven right now! However, Fredonia is quite the opposite; I’m mean literally–quite the opposite. We have eight months of the blistering cold and only three months of freedom that blesses us with the spring and summer warmth. Welcome to Fredonia where your neighbors are Jack Frost and Frosty the Snowman eight months of the year!

2. Due to the wintery forecast, our wardrobe is affected. As Ashleigh pointed out to my American self, “our spring fashion consists of lightweight clothing and lots of denim shorts.”

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That would be nice, however, that is not our typical spring apparel; unless you’re that stylish hipster and pair it with a cool pair of tights. That is because we mainly enjoy cozying up in our sweaters and  jeans to keep warm on those 20 degree mornings. As Ashleigh likes to point out, “so American students, I’ve noticed are still wearing jumpers and jeans, with closed in shoes, which makes me feel like I’m back in an Australian winter!” Some of us, or maybe just me, tend to spice up our winter clothing by adding in spring colors.

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3. As described previously, some students tend to incorporate spring colors/pieces into their winter wardrobe on those cold days. However, for those warm spring days, we tend to go a little crazy; I mean we were hibernating in winter coats for months. Ashleigh had pointed out, “the major difference I have noticed between Australian and American spring fashion, is that Australia has more of an overall summer look, whereas parts of America may still be too cold to wear shorts and sleeveless shirts.”

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However, that is not entirely true. For the spring of 2013, temperatures reached 65 degree weather on certain days in which a “jumper”, Australian term for sweaters, would be unnessary to wear. So often times we would wear spring like clothing such as dresses or shorts.

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Overall, American and Australian spring clothing had their differences but can be similar as well. When asking the wandering wombat her preference, “my preference for spring apparel would have to be Australia only because it means I am in warmer weather! I like being able to wear shorts and t-shirts with sandals, rather than layering up! However I also appreciate America’s spring fashion and it’s been fun to be a part of it!”

I couldn’t agree with you more Ashleigh!

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