Four wardrobe essentials for when you catch the plague

Part of the series: What’s Westmont wearing?

Emily Wheeler, Staff Writer

There are moments when you realize that the “best four years of your life” are not exactly the easiest. One of these is when you catch your first college cold. Before I was hit by a viral truck, I was proud that I had not contracted the “Page Plague.” I masked up, washed my hands and even ate healthy food … well “healthy” DC food, that is. 

Then, last week, out of the blue I woke up with a sore throat, cough and running nose. So this week, I’m dressing for comfort. Here’s what I’m wearing: 

1. Pajama Shorts

Jean shorts are the last thing I want to wear in my stuffy, overheated room when  my insides are in a frenzy. Pajama shorts are an overlooked but irreplaceable staple. 

How to style: I paired my solid-black pj shorts with a bright tank top. Softness is key! No scratchy shorts allowed. I also threw on a cardigan for those cold chills.

2. Crocs

If you don’t own a pair of Crocs, what are you doing with your life?! Wear them in the shower! To the DC! To the lounge to microwave a pizza! 

How to style: Crocs go with anything. I have a bright yellow pair that stands out wherever I go! Plus, if you add Jibbitz — the little pins — your outfit is 10 times cooler. You’re welcome.

3. Sunglasses

On the rare occasion when I leave my room for a hot tea from Ritchie’s or to pick up a package at the Mail Center — under no circumstances will I just leave a package sitting at the Mail Center — the last thing I want to do is stop and chat. Enter: sunglasses! No awkward eye contact leads to even less awkward small talk, which means hopping back into bed that much faster.

How to style: When it comes to eyewear, any outfit works. Just make sure you get sunglasses that fit your face shape. I love the chunky, off-duty-model ones.

4. *Many* pairs of socks

Hear me out on this one. I hate wet socks, so when I had to get tested for COVID-19 in the pouring rain, I thought I’d opt for flip-flops instead. I was wrong. The moment I stepped outside, I slid and fell flat on the ground. I was drenched and sick and just wanted my negative test result. The only thing that saved me from complete despair was slipping on a pair of thick, cozy socks. Chef’s kiss just thinking about them.

How to style: I don’t know who needs to hear this, but please, please throw out the holey, stretched out, thinning, scratchy socks in the back of your drawer and commit $13 to ordering a new pack on Amazon. 

Bonus points if they’re fluffy socks. DOUBLE bonus points if you warm them up in the dryer first. 

I hope you stay healthy this fall and winter. Mask up! Wash hands! Stay tuned for upcoming flu and COVID-19 vaccination clinics! In the event that you don’t, these wardrobe essentials have got you covered.


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