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Make outdoor winter fashion suck less

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Make outdoor winter fashion suck less

Kate Sommers

It's no secret that winter is not my favorite. It's so not my favorite that last year I packed up my entire family in November and left Minnesota just in time to escape winter*. I had lived in the blustery midwest for 33 years of my life and in the North, cold biting wind and the sartorial sacrifices that accompany it are just part of life. It's no wonder Lands' End is based in Dodgeville, Wisconsin; practical clothes for midwestern sanity(copyright, me. Pay up, Lands' End. This slogan is gold). But never mind that it often gets into the 60s in my new home state. Winter coats are still boring, and unless you have a small fortune and huge closets, you probably can't justify three new coats every winter. Enter our pals at Namakan; People who love winter and believe that with the right gear, there is no such thing as too cold. 

*Fine, it was for a job, but the mild average 40 degree temperature of Colorado winters certainly helped

Winter. I'm sorry to break it to you, but it's totally going to happen. 

Winter. I'm sorry to break it to you, but it's totally going to happen. 

Namakan makes ruffs. Yep, that's right. RUFFS. The fuzzy furry liners that go around maybe one of your coats that you wish you could put on all of your other coats, and maybe even your jean jackets too, because #Fashion and also winter is fricken cold and ruffs make it warmer.

Now that I've piqued your interest and you want to get in on this ruff thing, you might be wondering how to do that. And also is there more than one color? And OMG what if it doesn't fit on my hood? Well those clever kids at Namakan have this all figured out. YES, of course you can get one. You can back their kickstarter RIGHT NOW, and they're matching dollar for dollar through Friday! It's like backing NPR but you get a fashionable ruff instead of ANOTHER totebag (I love you NPR, never leave me).

Rosie Ruff and Original Ruff. WHICH TO CHOOSE?

Rosie Ruff and Original Ruff. WHICH TO CHOOSE?

They have TWO kickass colors,"Rosie Ruff" (which is my choice because my heart turns black in the winter and I need something to keep it bright and shiny) and "Original Ruff", fluffy and warm faux coyote fur which goes with everything. 

As for fit? So glad you asked. It turns out, these things fit on EVERYTHING. The collar of your jean jacket? CHECK! The hood on your not-so-cool but oh-so-warm parka from aforementioned Lands' End? Yessir. How about on a cardigan I just feel like changing up. Done.

The super rad founders of Namakan showing how versatile those ruffs are. No, that's not us. Yes, I know we haven't posted in awhile and that maybe you forgot what we looked like. 

The super rad founders of Namakan showing how versatile those ruffs are. No, that's not us. Yes, I know we haven't posted in awhile and that maybe you forgot what we looked like. 

The best part about this little treasure? It's going to go great with my maternity Capsule Wardrobe. Yep. Maternity. Best pregnancy announcement ever? 

Oh and PS? They're made in the USA because ethics are important. Almost as important as staying warm and fashionable. Okay, more important, but really, we don't often shop that way, do we? Get your butt over to their kickstarter and you'll actually have something to look forward to come January (your Ruff, silly. That's when they're expecting delivery)