I thought I'd be able to ease into winter here but that didn't happen. One day the weather was crisp and there were beautiful red leaves and the next Jack Frost arrived along with several inches of snow that hasn't melted. I've had to get adjusted quickly and figure out how to dress here. That meant investing in a new wardrobe as pretty much nothing from my Texas life prepared me. I hate wearing dress pants and closed toe shoes so I'm starting basically at square one.
The first thing I knew I would need is new shoes. My cowboy boots have been my go-to shoes since we moved but they are hard to get off which is problematic because of Alaskan customs.
I got a pair of Ugg boots which are great when I'm running out the door and want some extra warmth. I wear them with jeans which is a departure from my Nike short wearing college days.
I also got a pair of brown riding boots. They are perfect for when I want a complete and cute outfit.
I'm going to order these but haven't been able to pull the trigger on them yet. I'm still trying to come to terms with the fact that winter clothes aren't supposed to be cute.
I'm told that layering is the best way to keep warm. I've been picking up sweaters and long sleeved shirts. I also have a new found affinity for vests and scarves.
|Chambray and a burlap like scarf. Who am I?|
I also purchased a white down jacket. It keeps me toasty but I can't get over the faux fur hood and feeling like a snowman (woman).
When my mother-in-law was in town we went to REI to buy the snow boots shown above. They didn't have the color I wanted in stock (because black is really unique ;) ) so we decided to walk around a bit. It was at this point that I realized despite my recent shopping trips, I was in no way prepared for winter.
The first thing we noticed in the clothing section was a sleeping bag skirt. Not kidding.
What is that? And why would I wear it? Luckily my MIL is braver than I and grabbed a sales associate to answer that very question. It's a Skhoop; an insulated down skirt. Made in both long and short versions and assorted colors. This my friends, is apparently how you wear a cute outfit but still stay warm. The Skhoop goes over your clothes and then zips off when you arrive at your destination. Whoa.
I also got an education on the best way to layer - wool under layer, fleece with windbreak middle layer and down outer layer. I learned that mittens are better than gloves and that to enjoy Alaska, I have to be active in the Winter.