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Old 11-09-2011, 03:50 PM
 
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I need help with buying warm clothes, now. What kind of essentials do I need and where can I find them?
Do I need any type of scarf, or a certain brand? Any brand of gloves will work?
What is the best type of North Face jacket?
Should I wait till I'm in ND to buy the clothes or can I buy a lot of it now?
I bought two nice warm wool jackets, would those be adequate as long as I have a fleece to go under neath?
Are UGG boots popular? I have a lot of high heeled boots, do people wear those type of shoes? What shoes are needed?
Thanks for all help in advance!!!


Oh and I am from Oregon, if that helps. I am a girl also, so fashion is important too!!
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Old 11-09-2011, 03:57 PM
 
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I need help with buying warm clothes, now. What kind of essentials do I need and where can I find them?
Do I need any type of scarf, or a certain brand? Any brand of gloves will work?
What is the best type of North Face jacket?
Should I wait till I'm in ND to buy the clothes or can I buy a lot of it now?
I bought two nice warm wool jackets, would those be adequate as long as I have a fleece to go under neath?
Are UGG boots popular? I have a lot of high heeled boots, do people wear those type of shoes? What shoes are needed?
Thanks for all help in advance!!!


Oh and I am from Oregon, if that helps. I am a girl also, so fashion is important too!!

A tank top and shorts shoudl be fine year round in North Dakota. Seriously do a search and you will find many posts on winter attire needed for the area.

Jasper Hobbs
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Old 11-09-2011, 04:35 PM
 
Location: E ND & NW MN
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I need help with buying warm clothes, now. What kind of essentials do I need and where can I find them?
Do I need any type of scarf, or a certain brand? Any brand of gloves will work?
What is the best type of North Face jacket?
Should I wait till I'm in ND to buy the clothes or can I buy a lot of it now?
I bought two nice warm wool jackets, would those be adequate as long as I have a fleece to go under neath?
Are UGG boots popular? I have a lot of high heeled boots, do people wear those type of shoes? What shoes are needed?
Thanks for all help in advance!!!


Oh and I am from Oregon, if that helps. I am a girl also, so fashion is important too!!
Hi there

I live/work in Grand Forks area. I know a couple who recently moved here from Oregon too (Hillsboro Oregon I think). She is a UND assistant prof in social work.

Anyway in answer to your questions....if you are moving in the summer....yes wait. You will have plenty of time to discuss with others about what is the best coat to buy, etc.

I assume you will be a college student....the weather in Grand Forks or Fargo is not too different, so no difference in attire is needed if you choose one or the other.

I will tell you what we wear and what I have seen worn. A good coat is a must....Columbia or North Face brand is good. A lot will depend on how much walking outside you will do. Most folks get one with fleece interior lining. Good hat, gloves, scarf, ear muffs are a must. Yes UGGs are popular....my wife loves hers.

But yes wait....no need to go ahead and get something this soon. You selection here will be better than there.

Dont overdress on the warm side, as you can overdress and get too warm underneath and sweat. That can make you feel colder. UND has several walkways where you can stay inside....but there is a lot of outdoor walking to be done. The sidewalks are kept clear of deep snow...though with the cold temperatures you dont see much snow melt in Dec-Feb period. High heel boots, or regular sneakers or other type shoes work as well on most days. If you want to wear nice clothes, but avoid getting them messy....you can get a full length wool coat...then boots. that will protect your clothing from the slush, sand, salt, etc.

Overall dont go overboard with clothing. I have seen folks new to the area go all out and most of the clothes stay buried in the closet.

--Dan
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Old 11-09-2011, 06:18 PM
 
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You need warm clothing if you want to go outdoors during winter. L.L. Bean has good gear for cheaper than North Face and other big name brands. Get a good winter jacket.

Your classroom buildings will likely be pretty warm, so make sure you layer your clothing.
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Old 11-12-2011, 07:43 PM
 
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As always, Dan's advice, along with the others, is spot on. I've lived in ND (Fargo and Bis) most of my life, but recently relocated. Most places do a pretty good job of snow removal so you can wear almost any type of footwear. But I'd definitely recommend boots for those days when it's cold and/or the sidewalks are not so clear, as it can get icy at times. Shoes/boots with good grips are nice. Uggs are very popular. The younger people tend to wear flip flops in temps that I would never wear them, but I'm older and don't have much interest in having cold feet. You'll have no problem finding what you need in either GF or Fargo - both have malls (plus other shopping options) that will be stocked with winter wear beginning in August or so. I have light, medium, and heavy gloves/mittens, since I used to wear them for about 6 months of the year. So, one pair may not meet all your needs, but gloves are cheap and easy to find in lots of stores. Best wishes.
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Old 11-14-2011, 03:03 AM
 
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Jcrew has some really cute yet warm winter boots. Uggs are popular but wont be warm enough come Jan-March. When buying a coat make sure it has a warm and large hood. You will find that every well off kid has a nice north face coat and super warm Sorell boots. However, I recommend buying Patagonia...there isn't one in Fargo and I swear the Fargo kids think North Face is the only brand that makes a warm coat. I recently bought the Apres Pistes winter coat from Lululemon and should be warm enough as long as you aren't outside too long in the dead of winter (which no one is). Grand Forks has horrible shopping but Fargo is decent. Fargo recently got a Sephora which was a God send. There is a store in the area called Scheels where you can buy all your warm winter gear. I would highly recommend Fargo to Grand Forks. I have lived in both and Grand Forks is very intense party school...where as Fargo is more urban and has a fun Football following for the local NDSU Bison.
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