HOW TO DRESS FOR NORWEGIAN WINTER
Coat, Fleece & Beanie: Bergans of Norway / Shoes: Dr Martens / Pants: H&M
This post is a little overdue, but with the arrival of snow and "minusgrader" (minus degrees) perhaps this is the right time after all. The saying goes "det finnes ikke dårlig vær – bare dårlige klær..." (there's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes). Hands down my biggest expense incurred in the move to Norway was winter clothing. At first this statement drove me up the walls but eventually, if you don't want to freeze to death it makes sense. Moving to Norway made me familiarise myself with different fabrics, layering styles and brands. You need a wardrobe for 4 seasons, that's for sure.
THE RULE OF THIRDS
The key to staying warm is 3 layers: ull undertøy + fleece + jakke/skall
(wool underlayer, fleece and jacket/shell) Shells (like my orange one) come in different styles and you could easily have 3: for summer, autumn and winter. Mine is made for alpine sports. Shells aren't just for the top, you can also get bottoms.
Your new best friends are named: vanntett, vindtett & pustende
(waterproof, windproof and breathable) are the key words to look for when making a choice of jacket/shell - mainly tops but the first two are also applicable for bottoms. Gore-tex comes in here too, but I'll make a separate point cause it's specifically handy for shoes and bags.
I limit this to 3 just because my title is rule of thirds. But these three by far are superior and 100% Norwegian. Slap in Helly Hansen in 4th, Haglöfs in 5th, and Canada Goose and North Face for a good dose of international measure.
Shoes/Bags: Gore-tex, Gore-tex, Gore-tex
I'm still uncertain as to what this word means. I'm inclined to think of a T-Rex cause essentially that's what Gore-tex means to me. Bad ass, all weather enduring, your "ride or die" for lack of better metaphors. *Wikipedia says it's lightweight, waterproof, breathable fabric made for all sorts.
Now you're kinda, sorta ready for a Norwegian winter, at least wardrobe-wise. Takk for meg! Happy Weekend and **always remember gloves!