(Closed) "Must have" clothing for Winter in the Midwest

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Post # 16
1915 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - backyard in the woods

MI native here. I have had the best luck with coats and other outerwear from brands that are made for skiing/snowboarding- Obermeyer, Roxy, Salamon etc. for coats and something with thinsulate for hats/gloves. If you want cute dress coats then go for something wool. Keep in mind that there’s really no way to keep salt residue from transfering to your coat when you scrape the ice/snow opff of your car, so avoid really dark or really white colors if possible. Also neccessary for winter in the Midwest IMO:

Scarves, at least one thick one for bitter cold and windy days, and I personally have loads of cute, less practical ones (and I can wear them all day to accessorize) that work well most days, but not when it’s bitter cold with a strong north wind…brr.

Gloves/mittens. I have a pair of thinsulate leather gloves for most days and a pair of ski gloves for when its super snowy out. The ski gloves are much more waterproof than other gloves. Make sure your gloves are leather with a lining or waterproof- the snow will soak through thin cloth ones pretty fast. You can find cute and practical waterproof gloves at most outdoor stores or ski/snowbaord shops. Mittens will keep your hands warmer but are impractical for most things since your fingers are all bound up.

Boots: I find my favorite boots at outdoor stores like REI or MooseJaw. One thing to think about with boots- if you plan to wear them all day make sure they are not too warm. It there’s too much lining you’ll end up with sweaty, smelly, sopping wet feet all day. I have a pair of super warm practical boots for outdoor activities and a pair of cute waterproof ones with a thin liner for every day. look for Gore-Tex or something similar to be sure of good waterproofing. I need a new pair this year, but I’ve had a pair of cute suede NorthFace boots with GoreTex) that have lasted me 3 full winter’s of everyday, all day wear (and I’m terribly hard on shoes). Plus they have grippers on the bottom of the sole to reduce slippage on ice that rock. Another note, buy a can of waterproofing spray and waterproof your boots (or shoes) at the beginning of the season. It helps a lot.

I rarely wear hats (curly hair vanity sacrifice) but you may want one of those as well. I have a cute thinsulate one for outdoor sports, and I keep one in my car for emergencies (along with a blanket,  for if my car were to break down etc.) but most days if it’s that cold I’ll just pull my scarf up higher and deal with the tips of my ears being super frozen, so I don’t have to fix my hair onece I get to work, since it’s usually impossible with my curls 🙁


Post # 17
1451 posts
Bumble bee

Thick warm gloves, long sweaters, long winter coats, boots that won’t get ruined by the salt, earmuffs.  I’m from WI and when it’s -10 or worse out, fashion goes out the window.  My husband found a long green military jacket for me at Fleet Farm and even though it’s ugly, it kept me warm in around -20 degree weather.  

Post # 20
2092 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

It depends where you’re at in the midwest, I’m in Minnesota and windchills can get to -60 degrees and colder during blizzards. I’m also very outdoorsy and enjoy ice fishing/snowmobiling.

-Invest in a really good quality down coat. I have a Calvin Klein one that is fantastic. I also own a castle brand snowmobile jacket that is perfect for bitter winds.

-You need heavy duty boots. Ugg boots are cute and I have 6 pair of them, but when it comes to a blizzard or temps below 0 they’re worthless. You will need something waterproof and containing thinsulate. I have a pair of Baffin brand boots that are great, columbia and sorrel and great brands too.

-Minnetonka slippers for around the house, they also have cute moccasins and boots.

-North face brand anything.

-180’s ear muffs under a cute hat is a good tip, some hats are cute but don’t cut the wind enough and your ears freeze.

-Cuddle duds or under armor coldgear for layering. 

-Wool socks. Heck, on the super cold blizzard days I wear fleece lined tights, cuddle duds, wool socks, sweat pants, and snow pants. Layers are your best friend.

-Tons of THICK scarves and gloves. Knitted gloves are good, but if you have to shovel snow, or brush snow off the car, or anything really, you will need something wind/water proof.

I buy a lot of stuff from sporting good stores like scheels and dicks, they are definitely good places to look for cute AND functional winter essentials. 

Post # 21
331 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

BeeOi:  I live in fleece lined flannel shirts, cuddle duds, thick wool socks inside my various boots, learn to love and live in layers. I love my sugoi midzero balaclava, I have the one just for the neck area and then throw on a cute scarf over it. Ear muffs under a hat. Waterproof gloves. I will stick with my wool wrap jacket but I when it gets really cold I add a fleece jacket or vest under it.

Post # 22
2568 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I don’t know what the weather is like in the Midwest, but I live in Alaska and some of my winter essentials are my black Columbia coat with Omni-Heat and black Columbia Bugaboot XTM Plus II Omni-Heat boots (good up to -65 degrees). I also like to use my Longchamp Le Pliage bag all year round, but especially in the winter since it’s made of nylon it doesn’t warp or get discolored during the cold or slush. I also like the knit headbands over hats, as it doesn’t ruin my hair as badly as hats. 

Post # 23
2073 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

A down coat that comes to your knees at least. Silk and wool long underwear. Crew neck/turtle neck heavy weight sweaters. Cashmere is warm. Will scarves. Leather, wool-lined gloves. Good, waterproo, insulated boots.   Wool socks.  Hats that cover your ears. I found a cute coat online through Nordstrom by Shelly Seigal for Laundry that’s kept me super warm. LL Bean & REI have good long underwear and wool socks. I’ve found sweaters all sorts of places.  Same with hats. I got leather, wool lined gloves through Land’s End. My good boots are by Columbia and I’ve got a few other pairs from LL Bean as well. 

Post # 24
474 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

sorels, smartwools, a hat, and a good pair of mittens

Post # 25
275 posts
Helper bee

Smartwool socks and under armour for layering

Post # 26
180 posts
Blushing bee

BeeOi:  You are welcome. This is one of my things for lack of a better term. I have an autoimmuine disorder so when I get cold it is very difficult for me to get warm and it hurts. Im the girl wearing hoodies in early September. Like I said, if you have questions please ask!

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