What to wear in Alaska in February (Lookbook)
Smoky quartz necklace and earings, Hermes H-buckle, unbranded belt, Coolibar top, Escada denim booties, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Tahari glencheck blazer (all own) and flared jeans c/o Femme Luxe
Contents
  1. What is the weather in Interior Alaska in February?
    • Weather vs. climate
  2. What to pack when visiting Interior Alaska in February
  3. Outfit ideas what to wear in Interior Alaska in February
  4. References

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What is the weather in Interior Alaska in February?

Under high pressure conditions, nights are still very cold with temperatures in the -30F (-34.4oC, while the northward moving Sun leads to longer daylight hours and stronger insolation. Consequently, temperature rises during the day to more pleasant conditions despite there is still some degree of cold stress even when you dressed appropriately. Nevertheless, wearing the right clothes permits enjoying a dog-sled ride, cross-country skiing, a short walk or snowmachining around local noon.

On the contrary, under low pressure, the increase in wind and humidity mean that it feels much colder and unpleasant than the temperatures actually are. This means despite you dress appropriately for the weather your thermal comfort is less than under high pressure conditions. Actually, the temperatures are often higher than under high pressure condition, but you feel much colder and uncomfortable when a frontal system comes thru. Moisture and wind are creepy and hard to dress for. Thus, in the Interior, people fear wind more than 40 below.

climatemeantemperatures
February 1981 to 2010 averages of daily minimum and maximum temperatures and monthly mean temperature. Graphics from: Western Region Climate Center
diagrams of February climate normal of monthly mean wind speed and precipitation in Alaska
February climate normal of monthly mean wind speed and precipitation. Graphs from: Western Region Climate Center. Arrows indicate the location of Interior Alaska

Weather vs. climate

Climate is the 30 years mean of the temperature, wind, humidity and pressure condition of a particulate hour, day, month or year at a given place. It’s the mean over the weather conditions of the past 30 years, i.e. the likelyhood that the climatological conditions are met exactly on a particulate day or in a particular month are low. Climate only reflect the range of conditions to expect. In other words

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daily minimum, maximum and mean temperature at Fairbanks International Airport
Daily minimum (blue), mean (black) and maximum (red) temperature at Fairbanks International Airport in Fahrenheit (solid lines) and degree Celsius (dashed lines).  More on the relation between Fahrenheit and degree Celsius at the link. Data from: NOAA

The time series of minimum and maximum temperatures show exemplary that during the diurnal course and the course of the month temperatures can differ strongly from the mean.  It also illustrates that temperatures can differ strongly from one day to the other.

What to pack when visiting Interior Alaska in February

Due to the high range of potential weather conditions, you are best of packing pieces for layering. Go for clothes that color coordinate well and are suitable to create cozy layered looks, but also to be worn alone with just long underwear underneath. You can find how to maintain great style in painfully cold weather in the guide at the link.

Regarding your footwear, insulative insole are a Must. You don’t want to learn how to avoid cold feet at frigid temperatures the hard way.

When you come to see the aurora, see this post on what to pack for watching the aurora.

When you come for business the looks below work when the dress code is business casual. The first outfit works under humid conditions with long underwear and outerwear that is not filled with downs, for instance a shearling coat. The second look works on a sunny, dry, cold day with a down coat as outerwear. You can find what to look for in a down coat at the link.

Alaskan woman in casual work outfit with jeans, jacket, printed top

style blogger in jeans and blazer with floral top
Outfit details: Smoky quartz necklace and earrings, Hermes H-buckle, unbranded belt, Coolibar top, Escada denim booties, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Tahari glencheck blazer (all own) and flared jeans c/o Femme Luxe

style book author in orange skirt and puffer blazer, brown tights, sweater and orange brown printed scarf

midlife woman in orange suit, leopard print tights, heeled ducks walking on snow
Outfit details: Max Mara skirt, Max Mara puffer blazer, GNW Luxe sweater, GNW leopard pattern tights, Gucci scarf, Fendi booties (all own)

Outfit ideas what to wear in Interior Alaska in February

The following photos show outfits I wore this February under various weather conditions. You may notice that my layering is more substantial when you see a gray background in photos taken outside than in those with blue skies. Gray skies mean moist, humid and sometimes combined with wind. Blue skies indicate dry, cold calm or no wind continental conditions. Photos taken indoor mean that it either was too dark or thermally too uncomfortable to take photos outside.

Alaskan woman in black and white pants, cardigan, necklace with black top and coat

fashion blogger in snow camouflage pants, zebra top, shealing, white heels carrying a backpack
Outfit details: Notations zebra print cardigan, layering top, Rebecca Collins gemstone necklace, Fendi boots, Jake’s shearling coat (all own), snow camouflage pants c/o Femme Luxe and vegan backpack c/o JORD

over 50 years old woman in monochromatic green outfit of skirt, sweater, scarf, tights, belt and footwear

older woman in monochromatic work style of silk skirt, cashmere sweater, tights and shoes walking in a hall
Outfit details: Unbranded hunter green sweater, Hermes collier de chien belt, GNW tights, Nine West camouflage print booties, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Hermes Medor watch, Lapis and malachite necklace (all own), skirt c/o Lilysilk and artisan painted scarf c/o Uno Alla Volta

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mature woman in pink sweater and shoes, yellow skirt

older woman in yellow leather skirt, matching scarf, pink top, teal tights
Outfit details: Dior neckerchief, citrin and bone statement necklace, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Festina watch, GNW tights, Daily Shoes sneakers, Asaavi leather skirt, Ray Ban sunglasses and GNW Luxe sweater (all own)

Alaskan in floral down coat with backpack and sneakers

Alaskan woman doing street style with long down coat, sunnies, booties, vegan bag and wood belt
Outfit details: Snow Touch floral print down coat, GNW tights, Daily Shoes sneakers, Ray Ban sunglasses (all own) and backpack c/o JORD

Alaskan blogger in thick coat, leather skirt, leopard tights, sweater, scarf and boots in the snow

Nicole in thrifted striped coat, leopard scarf and tights walking in a snow-covered neighborhood
Outfit details: Unbranded vintage coat, Saarvi leather skirt, GNW Luxe wool cashmere sweater, printed scarf, GNW leopard pattern tights, Fendi boots, Ray Ban sunglasses (all own) and bag c/o JORD

street style blogger in leather joggers and sweater

Alaskan fashion blogger in leather joggers with sweater
Outfit details: Vince leather joggers with GNW Luxe sweater, camouflage pony hair booties, pearl necklaces (all own), Akoya pearl necklace c/o The Pearl Source, and wooden watch c/o Jord
older woman in leather trousers and winter outerwear with Russian scarf and beret
Shearling coat with Russian scarf, belted for shape, leather joggers, camouflage booties, hat and structured bag

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References

Nicole Mölders, 2019. Outdoor Universal Thermal Comfort Index Climatology for Alaska, Atmospheric and Climate Sciences. DOI: 10.4236/acs.2019.94036

Climate Normals: Western Region Climate Center

Data for time series: NOAA

Photos: G. Kramm

Plot of time series: N. Mölders

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This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. justlivejoy

    So cold but I would still LOVE to visit Alaska! Fab outfit choices to keep warm!! Loving that green one for March. 🙂

  2. Leslie Fu

    The climate in alaska is a lot cooler, so you have to keep yourself more warm when you visit alaska. The outfits that you have shared with us in this article are very pretty and will definately keep us warm in alaska climate. Thank you for sharing it with us. Keep sharing more such articles with us.

  3. Anna Shirley

    Oh Dear, that is so cold. I want to visit Alaska someday, but I’m not sure that I can live there long term. Your snowy pictures look beautiful, though. You amaze me how you can stay warm and stylish at the same time. You don’t compromise. Thank you for sharing this post with My Red Carpet.

    Anna

  4. yourtrueselfblog

    You sure do show ’em how it’s done, Nicole, to the max! Great stuff – Angie your true self blog

  5. donnadoesdresses

    You’re very brave living in such an unforgiving climate!! Thank you for sharing your interesting outfits and for your intelligent analysis of your weather conditions, Nicole – I’d love to meet for a nice drink if ever we’re in Alaska!!
    Donna 🧚🏻‍♀️❤️🐝

  6. Mr.Rios

    You had us at ‘climatological conditions’! (insert heart emoji here). Only you can make camouflage booties and floral print parkas work wonderfully, am truly loving your fashion choices and your vast scientific acumen! Thanks for the lesson in environmental sciences and fashion sense!

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