10 es­sen­tial Hal­i­fax ac­ces­sories

How to con­struct a fash­ion-meets-func­tion (OK, mostly func­tion) uni­form for your new home­town.

The Coast - - OFF CAMPUS - BY AL­LI­SON SAUN­DERS | PHOTO MEGHAN TANSEY WHITTON

RUB­BER BOOTS

Un­less you want to live with per­pet­ual trench foot you bet­ter get some­thing wa­ter­proof on your toot­sies. Side­ways rain, deep pud­dles, swampy green-spa­ces and a win­ter that’s more wet-and-melty than white-and-fluffy will make your rub­bers a wel­come out­fit sta­ple. Also some­how so­cially ac­cept­able? Wear­ing knee high Hunters when there isn’t a cloud in the sky.

BLUNDSTONES

Nine out of ev­ery 10 Haligo­ni­ans agree, these are a must-have. The clunky Aus­tralian-made boots are de­cently wa­ter­proof and durable to any weather night­mare this city can throw at you. Pro tip: La­bel the in­side of your pair. It’ll help with the lit­eral heap of beat-up Blundstones you’ll in­evitably en­counter at a party.

WOOL SOCKS

Con­tin­u­ing with fash­ion foot notes is a glow­ing rec­om­men­da­tion for grandaddy’s ratty pit socks—an es­sen­tial piece to your east coast lay­er­ing. The big­ger, and thicker, the bet­ter. Wear them in your new Blundstones or with your Birken­stocks and tuck your pants into them.

SPANDEX SHORTS

A help­ful ac­ces­sory for the hur­ri­caney shoul­der sea­sons and life in a city full of wind tun­nels, a cheap pair of bike shorts will make the many unglam­orous Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe mo­ments (you know, when your skirt be­comes a hood) much less cringe­wor­thy.

RAIN PANTS

For­get about pack­ing an um­brella be­cause they do not work in this windy city (again, side­ways rain) and in­vest in some frumpy but func­tional wa­ter­proof pants— be­cause sit­ting through a three-hour lec­ture feel­ing like you just pissed your­self is op­tional, not un­avoid­able.

RAINCOAT

If they made an an­kle-length ver­sion, I’d take it. See above.

SEC­OND-HAND DENIM

Tie your many lay­ers of ac­ces­sories to­gether with the least wa­ter­proof ma­te­rial of all, like high-waisted jeans, bil­lowy-in-the-butt Levi’s or a boxy denim coat.

BLAN­KET SCARF

Per­fect for: When it’s too cold to wear your denim jacket but you still do, naps in the li­brary, naps in the cof­fee shop, naps on the bus, car­ry­ing gro­ceries when you for­get the Quin­pool Su­per­store is bag­less and hid­ing from that pro­fes­sor you owe a pa­per to.

PITTS­BURGH PEN­GUINS JERSEY

Sid the Kid is ba­si­cally a blood rel­a­tive now, and you’ve gotta sup­port the fam­ily.

LO­CA­TION-SPE­CIFIC GRAPHIC TEE

Rep­ping your city/province/side of the coun­try on a shirt is now the Nova Sco­tian equiv­a­lent of kiss­ing the cod. And Hal­i­fax is a town of many t-shirt en­trepreneurs, so get ’em while they’re hot.

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