Yes, we did have winter in Missouri. No, it’s not the south. But our winter was sprinkled with random 50 and 70 degree days to get us through freezing rain and below 30 degree temperatures. When I left Albany for Kansas City at Christmas, I thought I was perfectly prepared to survive New York winter. I bought some sweaters, a scarf, and had multiple ice scrapers and a snow brush in my car.
I was welcomed back to New York ten days later by a car buried in a foot of snow and a temperature of six degrees (I’m sure the wind chill was below zero). Nope, I wasn’t actually ready for New York winter. Many dollars and trips to the store later, I think I may actually be prepared to survive until spring. Here’s what I’ve learned so far:
1. Girls don’t just wear boots here because they’re cute. The boots also have a practical purpose. AKA keeping half your leg warm when you’re walking outside in single digit temperatures.The best boots are leather because you can easily wipe off any salt that you may pick up in parking lots and on sidewalks.
2. Buy a scarf. Having ice cold wind blow down your coat isn’t fun. I had to bite the bullet and buy a scarf the last time I was in New York City. The alternative to buying a scarf is wearing a hoodie at all times. Guess what? Hoodies look really dumb over dresses and work clothes.
3. Get a real coat. Yes, pea coats are cute. And they’re perfectly functional for days when it’s 40 degrees. But look at what everyone else is wearing. Those quilted parkas aren’t for style. They’re just warm.
4. Wearing shoes with fur on them is perfectly acceptable, as long as they’re warm. I am still not 100% on board with this trend. Faux fur does not belong on feet.
5. Cold air is really dry. Invest in lotion.