What to wear in Alaska in November (Lookbook)

Nicole in cable knit skirt, sweater, statement belt cold weather outfit

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November weather was a mixed bag dressing-wise

Typically, in November, we get our first crisp cold weather episode here in the Interior. This year, it was early in the month. However, unlike in most years, it was windy. Windy in the single negative digits isn’t fun. I rather prefer 40 below than wind.

After that, we got a couple of big snow loads. The Bering Sea is a bit warmer than on average. More water vapor evaporates and finally falls as snow, well at least some of it.

Another reason for relatively mild November weather were several Chinook events. Temperatures were around the freezing point. Thus, our neighbor even made a grill party outside with her friends last weekend. It’s an odd thing. Alaskans also grill outside or throw outdoor parties in winter. Sure you bundle up. Also you run either a heater or have a fire in an old oil barrel.

What I wore in November

Now let’s see what to wear in Interior Alaska in November.  Below you find some outfit examples for various temperatures.

When it was -5F (-20.6oC)

I like crisp November weather when the sky is blue, and you can watch the aurora dances at night, and the air just sits there and cools, and cools and cools. I think crisp, cold, dry weather is the easiest to dress for. Long underwear, a Fair Isle sweater, two pair of tights, and boots. Here I go, well sit.

style book author sitting on a chair in cable knit skirt, Fair Isle sweater accessories, tights
Vince cable knit skirt, Harley Davidson booties, Eddie Bauer Fair Isle sweater, Rebecca Collins belt, gemstone bangle, Hermes collier de chien bangle, DIY ear studs (all own) and tights c/o Hipstik

Another “weapon” to beat cold weather is layering. The fun part is that layering at the same time is stylish. Since it is cold, you don’t hesitate to layer. It’s so much easier to look chic in winter than in summer. I mean, seriously, who would have the nerve to layer during the dog days?

Nicole twirling in an orange burgundy black fit-and-flare dress

fashion blogger Nicole in orange dress with red tights and black layering top
Outfit details: LulaRoe fit-and-flare dress, GNW tight, Manolo Blahnik booties, BCBGXMAX belt, DIY halfslip, moonstone and citrin statement necklace, citrin earrings (all own), and layering top c/o Cami Confidential

For outside, my choice was the burgundy shearling coat as its color works best with the dress that is longer than the coat. Furthermore, this coat provides good insulation. I accessoried with a statement bag, gloves and fedora hat.

mildlife lady in coat, dress, tight with hat, gloves, heels and bag
Cole Haan shearling coat, Bellorita bag, GNW tight, Manolo Blanik booties, LeatherCoatsEtc gloves (all own) and fedora c/o Tenth Street Hats

Windy weather outfits

Leather is a great protection against wind, but a bad insulator. I wore a layering top and a halfslip underneath my leather dress.

style blogger in leather shirt dress with layering top, tights, booties and scarf

over 50 fashion blogger in leather dress with tights, and red booties
G.I.L.I purple leather shirt dress, Manolo Blahnik booties, Anne Klein scarf, gemstone bangle, Hermes collier de chien bangle, GNW tights (all own) layering top c/o Halftee

Outside the shearling coat was a good choice. Its inside fur is about an inch long. The air that is between the hair is a great insulator. A beret is great in windy weather. It sits tight and won’t take off easily like a fedora.

Nicole of High Latitude Style in a motorcycle coat, beret, tights and booties

mature woman in shearling coat over leather dress in all purple colors and red shoes
Cole Haan shearling motorcycle coat, unbranded structure bag, GNW ight, G.I.L.I leather dress, LeatherCoatsEtc beret and gloves (all own)

The photos below show how windy it was at the beginning of the month. The skirt really flies as does the peplum. Pretty nasty when you have to pose in that wind. I put my hair up so the hair wouldn’t suffer from the wind. Any detangling isn’t great for any hair. What do you do to protect your hair?

woman in pink top, brown glen check midi skirt, tights and pink shoews walking in snow

woman in winter skirt and jacket outfit

woman in pink top with smoky quartz necklace

stylist walking thru the snow in pleated midi skirt, motorcycle jacket, hat, gloves, pink boots
Outfit details: Marc Andrew motorcycle goat jacket, GNW tight, Daily Shoes booties, Pendelton pleated glen check midi skirt, Smoky quartz necklace, Hermes collier de chien bangle, LeatherCoatsEtc gloves, 3.1 Philip Lim bag, (all own), top c/o Coolibar and hat c/o Tenth Street Hats

For outside, I picked my winter motorcycle jacket. The bucket hat also sits tight and hence is suitable for high wind speeds.

When it was around the freezing point

Well, the looks below are my typical winter business casual. Here I worked with huntergreen, black and white and a small pop of tan for the indoor and outdoor outfits. In November, we have lost already a huge amount of day light. Currently, we loose nearly 10 minutes a day. Taking photos outside is a challenge not only when it is cold, but also when it is dark in the Interior of Alaska.

Alaskan woman in business casual winter look with hounds toouth skirt, tights, huntergreen sweater, beret and boots

over 50 years old woman walking thru the snow in huntergreen sweater and black and white skirt
Outfit details: Banana Republic skirt, Guccie boots, LeatherCoatsEtc green beret, unbranded huntergreen cashmere sweater, statement belt, Hermes collier de chien bangle, golden bangle (all own), tights c/o Hipstik

Alaskan woman in maxi quilted leather coat with faux fur trim

older woman in long leather coat with faux fur trim looking down the street
Outfit details: LeatherCoatsEtc quilted maxi leather coat with faux fur trim, LeatherCoatsEtc gloves and beret, Kate Moss for Longchamp bag, Gucci boots, DIY scarf (all own)

What I wore for a meeting

Last week I had a meeting at work. Well, I was supposed to have a meeting. However, it got canceled last minute because of the huge amount of new snow. Anyhow, I had already dressed for it. A boots skirt with blazer and a crisp white button-down.  I accessorized with my holiday silk scarf. There are not many occassion to wear it. Now is the season.

mature woman in business casual work outfit with skirt, blazer white button-down
Silk holiday scarf, Harley Davidson booties, Anne Klein blazer, Hermes collier de chein bangle, scarf holder with pearl, DIY belt (all own), tights c/o Hipstik, studed skirt c/o Misook, button-down shirt c/o Coolibar

When you like my Alaska November outfits, please feel free to pin the photos to your pinterest board.

Business casual fall office outfit

This look shows a business casual fall look when layering was a must. I went with a layering top, dress, tights (over pantyhose), and a zipper front jacket. I used a belt for shape. Of course, boats were a must.

style blogger donning a fall office look with sheath and belted jacket

mature woman in burgudny and purple work look

midlife blogger looking fashioably stylish in Pantome winter colors
Calvin Klein sheath over halftee layering top, Paloma Picasso statement belt, pendant necklace, Vince Camuto tall suede boots (all own), bracelet c/o Lizzy James and herring bone zipper front jacket c/o Whistle River

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Top of the World Style linkup

Welcome to the 235th Top of the Worldstyle linkup party.

#linkup Top of the World Style linkup party every week on Thursday

Here are the featured posts from last week’s party.

Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav

Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav Linda of A Labour of Life in a fringe top, leopard booties and black pants with pearls
Linda, the lifestyle blogger at A Labour of Life became the Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav. Photo from her post

You clicked Linda’s post the most, i.e. her post was the Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav. She blogs at A Labour of Life.

Top of the World OOTD My Fav

Top of the World OOTD My Fav Donna Does Dresses in romantic feminine light pink floral wrap dress
Donna the blogger at Donna Does Dresses became Top of the World OOTD My Fav. Photo from her post

Donna of Donna Does Dresses dress caught my eyes. Such a feminine piece!

Top of the World Style Winner

Top of the World Style Winner Tea Browne of What Mama Wears in plaid skirt, white shirt and t-strap pumps
Tea Browne of What Mama Wears became Top of the World Style Winner. Photo from her post

Tea Browne became the Top of the World Style Winner. She is the mom blogger What Mama Wears.

Congrats Ladies! Grab your award buttons.

Alaska street style buffalo plaid down vest
Chrissy the lifstyle and fashion bloger at Granola and Grace in Fairbanks doning top notch Alaska street style in a caribou print sweater, jeans, and a buffalo plaid down vest in February this year

Let me introduce you to my friend Chrissy of Granola and Grace. I feel so honored that she co-hosts the Top of the World Style linkup party today. Check out her blog and say “Hi.”

When you are interested how we met, you can find the story in this post called Chrissy of Granola and Grace.

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17 thoughts on “What to wear in Alaska in November (Lookbook)

  1. I’m cold now and it’s almost 60F here in North Central Texas this morning. I’m pretty sure I couldn’t survive Alaska (and so much dark). I love these looks! It’s so hard to bundle and stay warm and not look like the Sta-Puft marshmallow guy but you’ve managed to make it chic. I love that you have an all-leather dress! And that first photo with that beautiful sweater and gorgeous statement pieces (what an amazing belt!) is just perfect! I love that you’re wearing that beautiful red jacket with the thumb holes with your cuff bracelet on top – that’s perfect! Many times when I’m wearing long sleeves I don’t even bother because I know the bracelet won’t even show. Thanks for sharing the cold and the linkup! I’m going to get some hot chocolate now (not really – I’m getting coffee and the other half of my donut).

    Vogue Faux Real

  2. I just don’t know how you do it in such cold and darkness Nicole. You always look so great.

  3. Thank you dear Nicole, for choosing me as your favourite – that gives me a huge much-needed boost!! I am always in awe of how you do so well with your style and fashion in such a challenging and cold environment!! You’re right that it’s easier to be stylish with layers in cool climates, as i well know coming from the hottest continent! Thank you for sharing and I would personally love to borrow that leather dress if I was ever up your way – it’s just gorgeous..l not that it would fit mind!! Have a great evening!
    Donna 🧚🏻‍♀️❤️🐝

  4. Gosh, it sure does look windy! Brr! Sometimes outfit photos are painful with the weather!! I love that red on you and the peplum mixed with that gorgeous plaid skirt!


  5. Nicole, you have got layering stylishly done!! Such cute looks. I would love to see the aurora borealis in Alaska sometime! We BBQ year-round, too, but it’s definitely not as cold! I can picture the cooks standing around the fire barrel! Thanks for sharing.

    xx Darlene

  6. Lovely Outfits, dear Nicole! My favorites are the leather dress and the look with the Banana Republic skirt.
    xxxxx Nadine

  7. Oh wow I do not know if I would be so happy, eager and courageous to go out in the snow and take pictures 🙂 Love the button down shirt worn with the scarf – its tied perfectly!

  8. I grill outside all year, even in the winter too. I love reading about life in Alaska because it’s different in so many ways from where I live. I love the bright floral dress!

  9. so happy to be featured. Thank you. So many great outfits shared, but loving you in red

  10. I am loving your fair aisle sweater, Nicole. And all of your cute coats! I have a huge coat wardrobe myself because it is just as cold here. Although I am quite done with the negative 40 temperatures and I just hope we don’t get that cold this winter!


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