wonbats asked: My sister is going to Carleton next year, and she's a little concerned about getting a winter coat. See, we're from Southern California, so we never experience actual weather. Can you recommend any jackets that will keep her cozy?

This is a very smart question.

So, I’m from the south.  Coming to Carleton was a huge weather shock for me.  I feel y’all, believe me.

Northface jackets are very popular here.  They are warm and fleece-y so the snow won’t dampen them.  They are also good in cold rain.

Nice peacoats are what many of us (myself included) use for a warmth/fashion combo in the winter.  A really nice peacoat may be all you need for winter, if you bundle properly.

Down jackets are AMAZING if the temps are super low outside.  It’s basically like walking around with a comforter on your body, only less blanket like, I guess.

Bring a rain jacket for sure.  Even if you don’t use it in winter, you WILL use it in late fall/all of spring.  Rain boots are a really handy thing too.

I hope this is useful.  In terms of other warm things you should have on hand, multiple pairs of warm gloves (at least one being waterproof, but the thin ones are good for layering), at least one pair of warm, waterproof winter boots, warm socks, leggings for layering, multiple scarves (great fashion accessories, too), HATS (I can not emphasize this any more), and earmuffs are all crucial, or at the very least nice for cold weather.

Notice how I talk about layering multiple times.  The jacket doesn’t matter as much as what is under it; wearing three shirts is a normal thing to do here during the winter.  Layers, layers, layers, future Carls!

(also, don’t let this scare you.  Winter may be cold but it is also super beautiful and there is always a lot of fun stuff to do to occupy your time spent indoors)

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