NWR how to dress for cold weather?

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Post # 2
1787 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Layers. Lots of layers that can be added or removed as needed. 

Post # 3
414 posts
Helper bee

I moved to Chicago from FL so i totally understand! I invested in a knee length down coat for the freezing cold months, it looks like a sleeping bag but it is the warmest thing! Warm scarves, not the cute light fashionable ones, are a must.  Waterproof boots. Your cute suede or fake material boots will get ruined by salt on the ground and the melty slush snow will soak right through your boots. A warm hat and sweaters are in my winter wardrobe as well. I actually dont own any real super thick sweater because i start sweating in them.

Post # 4
42101 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

ImaStarr:  A warm knee length coat is a good choice. You can wear it over pants, skirts and dress, or over a tunic and leggings.

A down coat is the warmest, but in fact can be too warm inside. You can be way too toasty for example, if you wear it inside the mall.


Don’t get sucked into a mistake that many of us make once in our lives by buying a winter white coat. It will spend more time at the dry cleaners than on your body.

Buy a coat that has knit cuffs inside the hem of the sleeves to stop the cold air.

Buy a pair of dress gloves and a pair of warm mitts for casual wear. They are warmer than gloves because your fingers are all together. Buy gloves that are long enough to tuck up far enough under your sleeves. You don’t want a gap.

Buy a warm scarf that is long enough and wide enough to wrap over your head on those days when you get wet snow.

A pair of black ankle boots can look casual with jeans tucked in or dressy with a dress, tights and your knee length coat.

Post # 5
15014 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

For stylish winter coats, check out Tahari. I love their coats and they are super warm. A lot of the discount sites, like run la la, have them frequently for great deals. They also carry them at tjmaxx and Marshalls. I have a few of them, several are more than 5 years old and look brand new. I also love infinity scarves. They dress up about any coat and they keep you warm. I use leather fleece lined fingered gloves but I keep a few pairs of the stretchable ones in my glove box. The stretchable ones aren’t very warm but they are warmer then going without when I forget mine. I have a pair of fleece lined jeans that I adore. They are so warm but I wear them sparingly, they can get hot if you’re in a warmer environment. At home I live in fleece lined leggings. I throw on a big comfy sweat shirt (one that covers my rear) with my leather flat over the calf boots and wool socks and I run around town for errands if need be. For dressing up a more casual outfit, a sweater jacket is great. I wear infinity scarves with them also, sometimes a lighter weight one and sometimes a warmer one, just depends on were I’m going. 

Post # 6
7281 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Silk long underwear are a great base layer. As a natural fiber they breathe well andf keep you comfy when you are inside (no overheating) and work well as an insulating layer when you are outside.

Post # 7
1313 posts
Bumble bee

I use silk  underwear during the winter.  I own a yoga studo so I don’t have the 9to5 grind and can  pretty much wear what I want so it’s the silk long jons, tee shirt under a sweater and jeans. Socks under my boots and a fur coat.  Not politically correct, but fuck it,I a hate  being cold.  Gloves.  A hat is useful–you lose more heat from your uncovered head than anywhere ese.

Post # 8
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011


Personally, my definition of cold weather means fashion no longer matters, as everyone looks something like the above!

Due to allergies, I won’t wear down.  I think it’s worthwhile to have a sporty winter jacket.  I usually get Columbia.  With the exception of the down ones, which can be sporty and dressy, most of the dressy ones are not all that warm.  Buy it big enough to fit a thick hoody underneath if it’s expected to get really cold and not just typical winter weather.

Get the waterproof spray for your winter boots for sure!  I actually find that wearing the fake material ones is fine in the cold weather – the snow isn’t melting!  It’s when it warms up that the slush becomes an issue.

Post # 9
134 posts
Blushing bee

Long johns!!! 

Post # 10
610 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I live in the snow belt, so I second the layers. I wear a pair of gloves and a pair of cute mittens over those. Then I have a few layering sweaters and a nice coat and a thick scarf and earmuffs! Also, as far as pants, I have recently had great luck layering fleece leggings under looser jeans and dress pants. You’ll find there isn’t that much time in transition, though, it’ll be winter soon, and that’s what you need to focus on.

My best advice for looking cute is to make sure your gloves, scarf, hat, boots, and coat at least are in the same color family. Mine share a black and red nordic theme, so no matter how many layers I wear, it keeps me from looking like A Christmas Story:

And more like this!


Post # 11
157 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I second the other PPs in cold weather areas — layers are your best friend. This means a tank top, a T-shirt, a thermal, and a sweater may all be worn at the same time on a given day, lol. Keep that core warm! Also a knee length down coat (Northface) will keep you warm and cozy outside, especially your legs. Also, you can wear leggings under your jeans too, I do this when we have polar vortex days (I live in Chicago). And definitely invest in some nice, waterproof, possibly (faux) fur lined boots if you ever have to walk more than a half mile on a snowy day. Hat, gloves, and scarves are also a must. Good luck!!

ETA: I realize I didn’t quite mention anything about how to look cute, but that is really difficult when it is freezing cold outside and your main goal is to not be a human popsicle haha. It is hard to look super cute but I agree with another PP about jeans and ankle boots with a peacoat — I do this when I’m being dressy too. And someone else mentioned matching hat/gloves/scarf — also a great idea.

Post # 12
191 posts
Blushing bee

Welcome to Pittsburgh! The PPs have given some great advise to which I have very little to add. My coworker is a Miami transplant as of two years ago and I know it’s been a big transition for him.




Post # 13
2104 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I agree with all the PP. Layers are very important. Get a nice down jacket, they are well worth the money. Realize that you may not always look the most fashionable, but know that when it’s 20 below zero no one cares what you look like, you are to busy trying to get from one place to the next without freezing. Get a good hat, mittens and scarf, thick ones. If you can deal with wool ir even partial wool things they are very warm, just make sure you don’t throw them in the dryer. You will find you often wear boots, and change once you’re to the destination. Good luck!!!

Post # 14
1583 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I’m up in eastern Canada. I bought a long down coat last year and I love it so much. I’ve always had a warm winter coat but this one is the best. I also have a couple warm wool coats with faux fur collars that are also warm. I have black long winter boots with good grip on them so I don’t slip and fall on ice. I usually wear fleece lined leggings or tights under dresses in the winter. Get a hat that covers your ears, get a few pairs of mittens, pair of nice gloves, and some chunky wool scarves. I mentioned my cuter boots but I have big warm ones too that are great when its colder. Not fashionable or cute in the slightest but my feet stay warm and dry. I keep a selection of shoes in my office for winter. Don’t worry about fashion when its freezing out…worry about staying warm and dry. 

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