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Which Winter Personality Are You?

Which Winter Personality Are You?

The temperature in New York plummeted this week and the holiday season is very much upon us. So, just for fun, in partnership with Nordstrom, here’s a little quiz…

Which winter personality are you?

Above: Cashmere pom beanie, Fair Isle turtleneck sweater.

The Adventurer
For the adventurer, ain’t no mountain high enough (or snow bank cold enough) to keep you indoors. Whether it’s walking around the neighborhood or hiking in a quiet forest, the adventurer loves being outside and on the move, absorbing all the energy this season has to offer. Your ideal ensemble keeps you comfortable and warm — but also looks cute, because why not?

Which Winter Personality Are You

Crop sweater, hoop earrings.

The Cozy Connoisseur
Did somebody say movie night? You’re there faster than you can say fireplace-hot chocolate-fuzzy slippers-favorite book. You love hosting guests and hibernating on the weekends. A soft sweater (or fleece) is your everyday uniform. Dress it up with a pair of fun, goes-with-everything earrings.

Which Winter Personality Are You?

Colorblock sweater dress, booties.

The Socializer
From cocktails to holiday parties to intimate dinners, the holidays are all about mixing and mingling. You can’t wait for your company holiday party (and you’ll happily be a plus one at someone else’s). For a night caroling under the stars or dancing under the mistletoe, a sweater dress is the perfect mix of warm and dressy for every event the season brings.


What’s your winter personality? What pieces are you wearing most this season?

Nordstrom has an amazing selection of gifts for friends and loved ones, including your BFF or your mother-in-law. To that end, stay tuned next Wednesday, November 27th, when their huge list of cyber deals go live. Thank you!

(Illustrations by Alessandra Olanow for Cup of Jo. This post is sponsored by Nordstrom, where shipping and returns are always free. Thanks for supporting the brands that help keep Cup of Jo running.)

  1. Jenny says...

    Love these kind of posts! And the illustrations!

    I’m for sure the cosy connnoiseur both lifestyle wise and style ❤️

  2. Gail in Washington State says...

    Hello from the Pacific Northwest…we are in Helly Hansen all the way!

  3. Kim says...

    I say this with love: I totally understand the need for sponsored content. But I’ve noticed that these posts have shifted from the Cup of Jo team’s personal picks (and easy voice) to blatant marketing copy, presumably written by the sponsor. The tone and content feel very different. I find it hugely off-putting, though judging from the other comments, that might just be me. Really appreciate your good work in general–thanks for it.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you so much for your feedback! we definitely still write all our sponsored posts and only work with brands (like nordstrom, jcrew, brooklinen, etc) that we use and love ourselves. for this one, we wanted to try something different with a little quiz and illustrations. but many future sponsored posts will have photos of us and tell more narrative stories. thank you again for your feedback, always! joannaxo

    • Mary says...

      Hi Kim- Thank you for bringing this up. I too sometimes feel that the tone of some of the content on the site is changing to sound more like the mass produced websites/magazines available in plenty. I was however unable to point out an exact reason.
      Cup Of Jo team- I love your signature pieces especially the personal style ones, motherhood around the world and general life updates. Articles like this one just take all that warmth away.

    • S says...

      I agree with this! I have never commented before, but am a long time reader and have really noticed a change lately and it makes me so sad. I miss the older series like Motherhood around the World so much! Thank you

    • Sharon says...

      +1 for real people and real stories –– what I really enjoy about Cup of Jo :)

  4. Tiffani says...

    Mostly Notorious Napper and Cozy Connoisseur, but with a touch of Socializer because there are so many parties and friends back in town this time of year. I’m mostly living in oversized flannels, jeans, boots and hats, but I also have a closet full of fun party clothes for all the holiday events.

    • Sita Daavettila says...

      This is a random request…. but, in line with fashion, I cannot for the life of me figure out what the hell is going on with denim fashion right now. All cropped? Loose? High waisted? 80’s hammer pants? Would love to see a post with nordstroms and the super cool COJ girls take on what in the world NY women are doing with denim this winter, and how to style it with boots etc. :) thanks for listening!

  5. Kelly P says...

    I’m majority Cozy Connoisseur, but I have a dash of both of the others from time to time. Fave outfit: flannel lined jeans or sweatpants, cozy sweater/sweatshirt, fluffy novelty slippers/socks. Fave drink: hot tea in the am and red wine in the pm.

  6. Definitely the cozy conaisseur, but I try awaken the adventurer in me, too. The Swiss Alps are just too close to Zurich, to ignore them for another winter season!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      How fun that you live by the Alps!

  7. Marci says...

    Winter is long enough that you can be all three in Minnesota! I get outside every day, go for long hikes or cross country ski on weekends, and occasionally ice skate. (My friend group is also seriously considering starting a curling team.)

    But I also love making hearty stews and hot dishes (MN speak for casseroles), gathering with friends, and playing board games or completing jigsaw puzzles with my kids. Every winter my husband and I binge-watch an old TV series, and I read tons wrapped up in a blanket or two with my dog.

    As Norwegians say, “There is no bad weather, only bad clothing.” Wool socks, long underwear, good boots and a down jacket make life with sub-zero wind chills enjoyable. Keep in mind those Scandinavian immigrants chose Minnesota, a place that was remarkably like their home countries, instead of fleeing to warmer climates.

    At least we tell ourselves that in the dark days of winter.

    • Gina says...

      Marci, this is lovely! My sister lives in WI (right on the MN border) and this definitely describes their life there and they love it!

    • JMN says...

      I live in WI! And went on a Norwegian cruise last year (husband’s family is Norwegian). The cruise tour lady told us that phrase: “There is no bad weather, only bad clothing”, especially in reference to surviving their torrential rainstorms. We thought that was a clever and great saying… only to repeat it to an actual Norwegian who looked at us like we were crazy and said that was the stupidest thing she had ever heard! :D I still think the phrase is a good one, just hilarious that the Norwegians don’t actually believe that.

    • Enora says...

      Funny, we say that in Scotland too!

    • Sasha L says...

      You’ve summed up Winters perfectly Marci! My family is Norwegian (Ragnhild and Olaf and Elmer and Ivan oh my!) and they came to Minnesota before moving on to Montana, where we embrace winter. I mean, we kinda have to! I’ll add hot springs soaking to all of the winter habits. Nothing feels better than a nice hot soak after a day playing outside in the cold and snow.

      Also, baked goods! Cinnamon rolls, and rhubarb pie (frozen from the summer garden) and huckleberry cobbler (frozen from Summer hiking).

    • MM says...

      It’s definitely a Danish saying – so if not Norwegian at least Scandinavian :)

    • Agnes says...

      Haha. Northern Canadian here who’s also lived in Moscow. I’ve been known to go on walks in -25C. Good clothes definitely make ALLLL the difference ;) no need to stay inside if you’re dressed right!

  8. K says...

    cozy connossieur! I actually don’t mind walking in the cold and find it revitalizing, but on the whole hateeee having to think about what to wear in the winter vs walking out in tee and shorts or a slip dress in the summer. This loathing is strong enough to make me avoid skiing.

  9. I am 100% the cozy connoisseur! Although I love the notorious napper comment above too!!!

  10. Lauren says...

    Just wanted to say that I love these illustrations! Thank you for being so creative in how you present your sponsored content -by both integrating them into your normal posts AND supporting artists.

  11. Anon says...

    Cozy connoisseur interspersed with adventurer. And if you ask my husband, perhaps Notorious Napper (perfect title, Zooey!), though I don’t think I sleep nearly enough! Lol!

    I love the red sweater worn by the cozy connoisseur!

  12. Kate says...

    I just bought my first pair of ice skates and joined a curling team! Going on a ski trip next month! I’m an indoor cat for sure but apparently the Scandinavians deal with winter by embracing it so hopefully it works for this Canadian!

    • El says...

      Describing oneself as an indoor cat is the cutest thing I’ve ever heard. :)

    • celeste says...

      These sound like great adventures! I’m with you – our local ski hill offers fireworks on NYE and we’ll be tearing up the ice hockey pond soon!

  13. Mel says...

    If my health was better, I’d definitely be “Adventurer” (although more “walk around neighbourhood” and city parks than “walk in forest”). Especially this time of year, around dusk and after dark – all the lovely light displays. But, making the most of “cozy connoisseur” these days. :)

  14. Katie says...

    Such a fun way to do a sponsored post! Love it! (And for anyone wondering, proud Cozy Connoisseur right here!)

  15. Lana says...

    I’m a combo of all of them! But on a very serious note, what shoes are fashionable AND warm during the winter? So many of my friends and myself struggle with this. Crop boots are great but not cool if you see a brightly colored wool sock sticking out if it, tall boots aren’t practical all the time and often are slippery. Snow boots are toasty but not sexy. So what’s casual warm shoe you could wear with jeans and a soft, cozy sweater?

    • Sarah says...

      I live in Iowa and I have been wondering about this for all of my adult life.

    • Morgan says...

      Blundstone and Dr. Martens are my warm but cool but highly functional shoes to get me through the slushy/freezy winter. Once broken in, they are endlessly comfortable and make me feel pulled together without feeling too cutesy as I tend to lean more towards androgyny, sartorially. Jeffery Campbell also has a great extra-tall chelsea boot that feels more fashion forward but could still get you through the winter.

    • liz says...

      Maybe they won’t be fashionable enough for you but I love my wool-lined duckfeet boots!

    • Maria says...

      I had a pair of smooth-leathered Ugg boots that had a low heel and were lined on the inside with wooly fabric. They came just above the ankle. Great winter boot!

    • Alice says...

      I personally just wear black wool socks with short boots- so then if they peek out, no one really notices anyway. Or, embrace the colourfulness! A colleague of mine pretty much only wears black but always has brightly coloured/ sparkly socks on with her ankle boots and says that’s the one bit of colour in her wardrobe, haha!

    • Nicole says...

      I’ve never commented before, but need to on this. La Canadienne is a Canadian (shocker) brand of boots and other leather goods based in Montreal. Their boots are water proof and often lined with fleece or thick fabric. They aren’t cheap, but they’ll last forever and they are a unicorn shoe—good looking and built for weather!

    • Dayna says...

      I live in Norway and love my Taos black leather lace up boots (probably most similar to the Cutie – dumb name). https://taosfootwear.com/boots
      A bit pricier but worth it to be able to trudge through snow and ice AND keep them on once I get to the office.

    • Tiffani says...

      I’ve been living in my Sorel ankle boots. They’re water proof and have a wedge heel that elevates me above the snow a little and is super grippy. The shaft comes up over the ankle instead of right at it or slightly below it. I’m so tired once daylight savings time ends that deciding what to wear is really hard and these are cute and I can slip them on in semi darkness with half closed eyes.

    • Meredith MC says...

      You mean my waterproof hikers aren’t sexy?

  16. Lynn says...

    I am embracing my Hygge Hibernator personality. Give me all the cozy, books, blankets, Netflix, wine, and all the comfort foods I want!!!!! It’s a dream, not my reality🤣

    • Tess says...

      Yes! Hygge Hibernator and Bundled-up Bookworm combo. I would not do well in NYC in the winter. The brutal cold, messy everything, hassle of getting around is my definition of hell (frozen over!)

  17. Liv says...

    Is there a personality type for wears two pairs of pants, socks, slippers, husbands sweatshirts 4 days straight and would rather be murdered than leave the house?

    • Lisa says...

      Ha! So me too!

    • becky says...

      Oh my gawd yes! two pairs of pants, leggings plus jeans or jammies pants!, and two pairs of socks! Theres so much hope every winter to play up the cute cozy clothes but I always return to these haha

    • meredith says...

      THIS!

    • Kim says...

      I have just found my people.

    • Rose says...

      Yes, I get made fun of…but, I wear my pants tucked into my sweatpants… I can’t bear the thought of cold ankles.

    • Throw a vest and a giant scarf on top of everything you just described, and that’s me!

  18. Laura says...

    I’m the Bundled-Up Bookworm. Comfy casual outfit, fuzzy slippers, a fire and a good book make me happy in the wintertime.

  19. Definitely the Cozy Connoisseur :)

    Olga

  20. Natalie says...

    The Cozy Connoisseur for sure! Gold hoop earrings, jeans, boots and cozy sweaters or flannels are my winter uniform. A hot toddy is the winter beverage of choice and my sherpa-lined L.L. Bean slippers are a MUST have for when I get home from work.

  21. Zooey says...

    I’m the Notorious Napper. Something about the combination of cold + rhythmic whirr of indoor heating + lack of sunlight knocks me out, as if I’m jetlagged. Fave outfit: fleecey robe, cashmere blanket, and super soft socks in Totoro print.

    • Eloise says...

      Same!