01/27/2015 01:43 pm ET Updated Jan 28, 2015

How To Dress For A Blizzard If You're New To The Cold

For those of us who grew up in the Northeast, dressing for a blizzard is not a big deal. We spent our childhoods planning snow days, dealing with winter storm warnings and heating up our cars before we could even drive them... but that's not the case for everyone. Some folks grew up going to the beach instead of the skating rink and the thought of going outside during a blizzard is simply unimaginable (we're looking at you Cali kids).

To help matters, we've rounded up 12 things you should know before braving the bitter temps.

1. While many think a parka is the way to go, fur is actually one of the warmest things you can wear when it's cold.

Snowbody wanted to hang out with me #Stockholm #fwstockholm

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2. This is no time for impractical shoes. If there is one article of winter clothing you should invest it, it's a great pair of waterproof, durable boots. If your feet are wet, you'll be miserable.

@jxxsy dressed for Winter Storm Pax that hit #NYC on the last day of fashion week. Photo by @altamiranyc

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3. Just because it's chilly, you can still brighten things up with some bold colors.

❄️❄️❄️❄️❄ I just had to take advantage of the snow. #newpost #plaid

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4. An umbrella works just as well in the rain as it does in the snow as long as there's no wind.

@zannarassi braves the #snow storm during #NYFW. Photo by @altamiranyc

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5. While it seems as though everyone opts for beanies in the winter, a brimmed hat is preferable when the snow is really coming down.

Apparently it's supposed to #blizzard today. Whatever.

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6. Don't be afraid to wear two jackets. One isn't always enough and layering will provide extra warmth.

7. Okay, so we don't recommend braving the cold in bare legs, but wearing a blanket-turned-scarf isn't a bad idea.

Another great #latergram #streetstyle shot from yesterday's #nyfw shows. Photo by @drielycarter

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8. If you find yourself without a hat, you can use your scarf to protect your head from the elements.

9. Your turtleneck can do double-duty as a neck-warmer.

10. If you don't have proper snow boots, a pair of rain boots with thick socks will do the trick.

Blizzard bunny.

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11. Mittens can be warmer than gloves.

12. Don't be afraid of looking ridiculous -- she who is warm has the last laugh.



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