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Snow Attire? What to wear in Oslo?

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By Traveller June 2, 2018
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Snow Attire? What to wear in Oslo?

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By Mallory Traveller June 2, 2018

Hello everyone!
I will be moving to Oslo, Norway for about seven months for a study program, starting in January. I've only seen snow twice in my life and have lived in Texas since I was born, so I'm very lost trying to find proper cold weather/snow clothes! Does anyone have good clothing brands to recommend?
Also, would it be weird to wear a ski or snowboard jacket around the city/on campus? I won't have room for many coats in my suitcase, so I have to pick and choose carefully. Do people wear snow boots in the city? or just normal shoes?

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It can get cold, but nothing extreme. People wear Timberland and Nike ACG Boots and shit like that, and you will see kids wearing low top sneakers no matter what the weather is like. During the winter you probably won’t spend that much time outside anyway, unless your doing some type of outdoors activity, so you need to stay warm to/from public transport, school, stores ect. Wool as the bottom layer is key, from head to toe, what you wear on top of that is less important. There is a «Stormberg» outlet in a place called Vestby, 40 min. by bus/car outside the city. Go there and get what you need for a good price. From oct. - mar you can hardly buy any non-warm clothing unless you really go looking for it, I’m sure you’ll be fine. The cold might suck at first, but I think/hope you’ll get used to it, and maybe even enjoy the refreshing feeling of norwegian winter. If you look like your gonna climb Mount Everest everytime you go outside for 5 minutes, you won’t ecxatly fit it. When you have been deprived of light and heat through the winter, I’m sure you’ll learn to apreciate the spring/summer in a whole new way. Welcome to Oslo, enjoy your stay :)
Local June 2, 2018
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Thanks so much! This really helped, and also saved me from looking like an idiot when I get there haha. Will for sure invest in some nice wool layers!
Just to add to the other responses -
By winter boots, it’s something like these in town:
https://www.zalando.no/dame/?q=vinter+st%C3%B8vler

The key factor is proper warm lining in your entire shoe/boot. They can be hard to buy in places that don’t have a proper winter!

Your winter coat should be fairly windproof (your ski parka is good, a woolen coat less so when it gets cold).

Don’t forget proper gloves, scarf and a beanie! (How to tell when TV shows are faking winter: they have big coats, but no gloves!!)

Good brands available in US are the likes of North Face, Arcteryx etc. Good Norwegian brands are Bergans and Norrøna, but these are pretty pricey. As mentioned by others, Stormberg is lower cost, decent option.
My go-to socks in the winter are Smartwool socks.

Why wool? It keeps you warm even if you get clammy/sweaty, but cotton will just go cold if it gets humid. And nobody wants that in winter!
Local June 3, 2018
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The best brand is to get a plus size thick wool sweater. I recommend with a buttoned opening in front - "busserull". If you cannot knit yourself, it's quite easy to find a Norwegian who would love to do it for you. You can dress like you want in town; on campus too as long as you don't wear niqab or burka. Lot's of makeup, only on Friday nights. Snow boots are good when it's the right amount of snow.
Local June 3, 2018
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Oliver explained it very well actually, just one thing. If you wanna by cheap winterclothes somewhere else, the 2nd hand stores has a lot of them. Norwegians are bying new clothes all the time, so the 2nd hand stores are full 24/7.

Hope you enjoy your stay:)
Local June 2, 2018
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Thats great to know! Thank you!!