What to wear in Minnesota winter

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Winters in Minnesota can get harsh, but that doesn’t mean you can’t live or visit there.

Now, if you’re a person who can’t tolerate cold weathers, you will definitely want to know the temperature facts first.

The winter temperature can go as low as -51 degrees C. And that is beyond bone-chilling if you’re not from around town. However, the average winter temperature is about -4 degrees C, which is still freezing, but bearable.

Whatever the situation is, we’re here to give you a heads up about what’s coming, and the clothing you will need to make it out alive. And fashionable!

There’s nothing to be terrified of, we’ve got you!

Now, let’s do this. Here’s what to wear in Minnesota winter.

Prepping up!

We know that layering is the best way to keep yourself warm and fuzzy.

Normally, you need to put on about 3 to 5 layers, plus other winter accessories, depending on your body temperature and the clothes themselves.

While more layers sound good, too much of clothes will inevitably lead to discomfort, especially if you’re moving around a lot and active.

Since winter also brings out the vacation spirit in all of us, we’d rather have you wear less, more efficient clothing than worry about time-consuming laundry work during this time.

Base Layers

For the base or the first layer, we recommend wearing a thermal/undershirt made of soft merino wool. It’s the best option for wicking moisture while still keeping your body warm.

Avoid cotton when looking for a base layer. It absorbs sweat pretty well but does not keep the body warm once damp. This might lead to you feeling freezing or worse still developing frostbite.

Another great option is to wear a synthetic polyester long-sleeved shirt.

From the waist down…

Similar to what we discussed, choose skin-tight leggings as these will allow sweat to evaporate. Tight leggings will enable you to wear other layers of pants easily, and they also maintain your shape.

The reason you have to sort out the first layering carefully is that it will be in direct contact with your body. You need to stay comfortable and for that you need a base layer that can breathe, wick moisture and insulate your body.

What to wear as a second layer?

The second layer should probably be a sweater, a fleece or a hoodie (depending on your preferences). So why is the second layer important?

First, it adds another layer which will keep your body warm.

Rather than adding layer after layer, wearing one sweater that’s able to trap the heat released by your body will be more than enough.

However, if you feel cold more than others, there really is no rule that says you can’t wear over one layer of clothing in the second layer.

Here, we would also suggest you wear a thin sweater first and then top it up with a thicker one. That way, you stay comfortable and stylish too.

What to wear as the third layer?

For the final layer, wear a jacket or a coat. Any type will do as long as it does not allow the cold to penetrate inside. And don’t worry, there are millions of cold-resistant jackets and coats out there.


Snow boots are a must-have in Minnesota!

Snow boots are ideal for shoveling snow out on the driveway, having fun in the snow and hiking.

For daily wear, any pair of warm boots are a must to keep your feet cozy. Regular boots and hiking boots will also do just fine for daily wear.

Like your base layer, avoid wearing cotton socks. When your feet sweat they get wet and then cold. Nobody likes wet and cold feet!


Putting on accessories will make your winter wear complete and comfortable!

1. Gloves

A pair of winter gloves will take care of your hands. To avoid taking them off whenever you need to use your phone, find ones that have a touchscreen finger pad.

2. Hat

While the chest is war under a few layers of clothing, your head remains exposed and is a big cause of heat loss from your body.

That is why a thick woolen or soft fur hat is crucial. Otherwise, it’s open to prickling cold and terrible headaches.

You won’t need to get earmuffs if you’ve got a nice, furry hat on!

If you’ve got a warm Parka, you can put the hood on over your hat for extra warmth.

3. Neck Gaiter

When choosing a gaiter, make sure you get one that is thick enough to keep your neck warm and also your chest.

Even if you are already wearing turtlenecks, it is always good to have a gaiter with you. They are small and can be put in your pocket if you start feeling cold.

Conclusion – What to Wear in Minnesota Winter

And we have come to the end of this what to wear in Minnesota winter article. We hope to see you again soon!

Chill, but stay warm!

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