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Below minus 40C? Here's how you stay fashionable out in the street

11 February 2014

We went out in Tobolsk and Surgut to see what women are wearing, and most prefer fur.

Tobolsk, Siberia, -40C. Picture: Kate Baklitskaya, Go East

With sub-zero temperatures for half the year, the views of PETA - the animals rights group - may not be uppermost in the mind. 

'I don't know how to stay warm without fur,' said one woman. 'Never mind looking good - though I want this too - but I need to be warm.'

Another, Elena Smirnova, 23, said: 'PETA and their glamour models say 'I'd rather go naked than wear fur' - well, let them come to Siberia and try it.

'Naked is fine if you can dive into a hot steam banya, but not for walking around in our climate.'

And who said that snowdrifts are not a place for high heels? 

Below minus 40C? Here's how you stay fashionable out in the street 


Below minus 40C? Here's how you stay fashionable out in the street 

Tobolsk, SIberia, -35C. Picture: Kate Baklitskaya, Go East

Siberian women love heels and winter is not a reason to change them for something more comfortable. Some men think that heels help to walk on the icy winter streets, which is not true. 'Obviously they don't make it more comfortable, but don't you like the way girls look in heels?' asked another. 

Fur coats are seen as helping you not only to stay stylish, but also to protect you from the piercing cold. 

For Siberians, nothing beats real fur in keeping warm. This was true in the times when fur was essential for the native people, and when the Russians first spread east into Siberia. And it seems to still be true today. 

Below minus 40C? Here's how you stay fashionable out in the street 


Below minus 40C? Here's how you stay fashionable out in the street 

Fur coats are seen as helping you not only stay stylish, but also to protect you from the piercing cold. Pictures from Surgut and Tobolsk, here and below: Kate Baklitskaya, Go East

Today's women also like to colour it up. Our intrepid reporter Kate Baklitskaya said: 'When everything is covered with white snow, the local fashionistas love wearing some bright colours to spice up their look.

'Be it a red jacket or bright yellow pants, it always stands out from the crowd and makes you smile. 

'Be trendy but don't forget to keep warm - this is the aim'.

Below minus 40C? Here's how you stay fashionable out in the street 


Below minus 40C? Here's how you stay fashionable out in the street 


Below minus 40C? Here's how you stay fashionable out in the street 


Below minus 40C? Here's how you stay fashionable out in the street 


Below minus 40C? Here's how you stay fashionable out in the street 


Below minus 40C? Here's how you stay fashionable out in the street 


Below minus 40C? Here's how you stay fashionable out in the street 


Below minus 40C? Here's how you stay fashionable out in the street 


Below minus 40C? Here's how you stay fashionable out in the street 

Comments (4)

I don't know anything about staying warm in these temperatures, so if the locals tell me fur is what works best, then bundle up and keep warm and don't mind what the rest of us are saying from our backyard pools in 80F weather.
Elisa, Los Angeles
18/10/2014 12:42
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It looks to me as though the elderly Siberian grandmothers have the right idea - Reindeer Boots and Reindeer Coats.
Terence Gavigan, Sydney, Australia
06/03/2014 10:09
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I try hard to figure out how to survive in those temperatures. Today in Malta temperature is 18 celcius and sunny weather.
eddie, Safi, Malta
17/02/2014 18:38
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you've got to be mad walking in those jeans shorts at minus 35!!
Tania, USA
12/02/2014 17:01
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