Fashion and Function: How to Look Good and Stay Warm

You’ve planned your trip and mapped your drive or booked your flight – so now what?

Welcome to Minneapolis – it’s no secret that this compact city lies North of just about everything. With four diverse seasons, it’s important to know how to dress for peak comfort while embracing your most trendy inner-self. 

One inch of snow in the South? How about the perpetual possibility of a foot of snow (and counting!) in Minneapolis. Oh, it's not that bad. From outdoor dining events and winter sports, to holiday festivals and scenery fit for a Hallmark seasonal movie, the months between December and March offer plenty of outings to change up your winter look.

Our advice? Embrace it. The secret? Layers! Fashion changes year after year, but there are a few items that will always be a staple in Minneapolis winters – because warmth and comfort are always in style.

1. Three words: Cover Your Bum (CYB)!

Buy a winter jacket that falls closer to your knees than your hips. Whether you’re waiting outside for the bus, your car to heat up, or just spending a few minutes walking from Point A to Point B, we can guarantee that you will never regret shelling out some money for the right winter coat. There is nothing better than a warm and bulky coat from a trusted brand that keeps your bum safe from the northern winds. The right coat isn’t just a smart purchase, it’s an investment you won't regret! Leave the fitted jackets for slightly warmer weather and snuggle into your lovely new coat (probably with a faux-fur rimmed hood). Pair it with the right scarf and you are now ready to make the sidewalk your catwalk. 

2. Do yourself a favor and find some fleece-lined leggings - or, just wear that long underwear

These fleece-lined bad boys will keep you warm and fuzzy all day long! The casual appearance goes with any outfit just as normal leggings do, with the added bonus of an extra cozy inside layer. Throw on some fuzzy socks and somboots and you’re almost ready to go! If the leggings suggestion is out of your comfort zone, then do what needs to be done and grab some long underwear. For time spent outside, throwing on long johns under a pair of casual pants can make all the difference. Plus, no one will know you’re wearing them! Win-win. 

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3. Just wear a pair of boots … seriously

Yeah, people might hate the idea of bulky winter boots, but at what cost? Cold toes are severely uncomfortable, so why not just take care of those little guys? Plus, the combo of snow and salt on ice can and will ruin your favorite pair of shoes. Save the cute kicks for higher temps and slide your feet into a nice pair of faux-fur lined boots. Pair them with the right wool socks and you’re bound to be a happy camper. Why tiptoe through snow with caution when you can bound through it with joy? 

4. Keep those ears cozy

Remember that old myth about a majority of our body heat being released through our head? Maybe it’s true and maybe it’s false (Google knows all), but at the end of the day you’ve just got to give your ears some love. Find a puffy set of ear muffs to match your personality or a splendid knit hat - with or without a pom-pom on top. Your ears will thank you. 

5. Embrace your inner Minnesotan and throw on a flannel

I could tell you that wearing flannels here is a just an over stereotype, but alas, that would be a lie. Pair an over-sized flannel with those fleece leggings or pair of jeans and your winter boots and BAM, you’ve got the classic Midwestern winter outfit. 

6. Don’t forget those scarves and mittens

Yes, mittens. Or... okay fine, you can take the gloves route if you want. Either way, fur-lined gloves/mittens go a long way towards keeping your hands warm and preventing dry skin. Find a pair of gloves with touch-screen fingertips and you won’t have to keep taking them on and off whenever your phone buzzes. Scarves are your best bet to protect that exposed neck of yours from the cold that your jacket just can’t keep out. If you wrap a long, soft scarf around your neck a few times, the winter chill will never win. 

Basically, the least amount of skin exposed to the cold while outside in winter is ideal. And guess what? It CAN look good too! Don’t worry, no one in Minneapolis will judge you for looking like a marshmallow. In fact, we might like you a little more for it. Better safe and warm than cold and full of frost-bitten regret, right?