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NEW YORK, USA – DECEMBER 16: A couple is seen at the Rockefeller Center during snowfall in New York City, United States on December 16, 2020. (Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Dating during COVID-19 is weird and hard in the best of times — by which I mean, in the spring, summer, and fall, when the world might be hanging on a razor’s edge, but at least the weather is somewhat nice. Dating during COVID-19 in the winter? Ugh. Who really wants to eat cold fries and make witty conversation while looking like Bernie Sanders at the inauguration? Still, since December, the microscopic section of my brain that skews toward optimism kept screaming that despite the odds, 2021 could be my year when it came to dating. I just had to be smart, safe, and willing to think a little outside the box to come up with solid winter date ideas. “Creativity is the name of the game right now,” agrees Damona Hoffman, a dating coach and host of The Dates & Mates Podcast. “We can be frustrated about our lack of dating options or we can do something different.” Break out your layers (including your face mask), then check out these unique and winter-friendly date ideas for every stage of a pandemic-era relationship. Virtual Winter Date Ideas “Meeting up” via FaceTime or Zoom is a great option for winter. It’s the safest bet while we wait for the vaccine, and you don’t have to freeze your toes off while outdoor dining. Sip & stream Sign up for a streaming Sip & Paint event. To make it even more seasonal, pick a snowy painting (like “Winter Landscape” by Wassily Kandinsky) and opt for hot cocoa instead of wine. If painting isn’t your thing, sign up for another virtual course or event. “There are so many online experiences, from virtual escape rooms to drag queen shows,” Hoffman says. “Just because it’s happening online doesn’t mean it has to be dull. Most virtual performers and entertainment venues have now figured out ways to make their offerings interactive and sometimes even more fun that they were offline.” Eat in Hook up via FaceTime, and cook the same warming dish — maybe a stew or chicken and dumplings — in your respective kitchens. After you’re done with the prep, sit down together and “share” the meal over Zoom. This idea is great for a newish relationship; cooking gives you plenty to talk about. Play games Cue up an old-school video game together online. Bonus points for anything that includes winter sports, such as Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games. Or play a conversation-starter card game, like the currently trendy We’re Not Really Strangers. “The New York Times did an article a couple years ago on The 36 Questions that Lead to Love and showed that strangers can feel more bonded by asking certain questions of one another,” Hoffman notes. (The questions in the article are another great place to start, if you don’t have a deck of WNRS cards.) Social Distancing Winter Date Ideas Remember: Outdoor dates aren’t 100% safe, Hoffman says, so be informed before you take this risk with someone. Wear your face mask, and stick with activities that really let you stay at least six feet apart. Snow sports Opt for sledding or tubing over ice skating. “While you might be outdoors and masked, depending on how busy the ice skating rink is, you could come in close contact with other people,” Hoffman notes. Instead, pick an empty hill and stick to separate sleds. Horseback riding This is is a cool, unique idea for a distancing date (that takes a page from The Bachelorette). There is a downside though. “You can’t really have deep, in depth conversations, which doesn’t make it ideal for a new couple or first date,” Hoffman says. If you’re still getting to know each other, follow up your ride with a socially distanced walk with some warm coffee or cocoa. Think outside-the-walks We know: Walking with a warm beverage is a great date, but it can get a little old. So mix up your location. “If it’s cold, some of my clients have tried visiting snowy nature preserves where they can walk and talk to keep warm,” Hoffman says. Another option: If you’re both into exercise, consider running with each other, which will keep you even warmer. At-Home Winter Date Ideas So you’ve gone on some great virtual and distanced dates, gotten tested, and have decided to officially bubble up. Being able to safely stay inside together opens up a whole new world of winter date activities. Trust exercises Grab a scarf and turn it into a blindfold. Then… do a trust walk. Not where you thought we were going, I’m sure. But you can do other blindfolded stuff later, if you so choose. “One of the best ways to build intimacy is to put your complete trust in your partner,” Hoffman explains. Yes, you’ve already established some trust, since you’re seeing each other in person. But a trust-building game can solidify this feeling — and it’s fun. Cook (again) Make a meal together, in person this time. There’s something about navigating a kitchen together that’s intimate without being too intense — perfect for a date night. “Preparing a meal together fosters important relationship skills including patience and communication,” adds Hoffman. My friend and her pandemic SO made gnocchi on one of their first in-person dates, but Hoffman like box meal kits. “Most require you to order by midweek for the following week, which could even build excitement and anticipation for the date,” she says. Go back outdoors We know, we know — you are quarantining together, why would you head back into the frigid temps? But winter stargazing without needing to socially distance is pretty darn romantic. “Gazing at the stars provides two people with the perfect opportunity to talk and keep each other warm under a clear night sky,” Hoffman says. It’s been years since air and light pollution was this low, which is giving us a darker-than-usual night sky,” she continues. “If you can’t name the constellations on your own, try an app like Star Walk to guide you.” Like what you see? 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As someone who has successfully — and not so successfully — dined outside on several occasions since New York City’s indoor dining ban, I can say one thing for certain: staying warm is a struggle. Despite the efforts of many establishments to make customers comfortable, by building wooden infrastructures where the sidewalk used to be and placing heating lamps at every table, without proper sartorial preparations, no level of artificial heat will protect you from the winter elements. All to say: It’s important to be prepared. That involves thick, wool socks and, if you're anything like us, a lot of Uniqlo Heattech. (And a face mask, of course.) Because while an oversized puffer seems obvious, ask anyone who’s tried to successfully eat ramen in a bulky down coat, and they’ll likely caution against it. Instead, thin, but effective, layers are key. Ahead, seven outfit tips to make wintertime outdoor dining more enjoyable. With a little inspiration and a lot of cold weather accessories, you’ll be slurping up carbonara in the snow in no time. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Invest In Heat-Retaining FabricMy rule of thumb for outdoor dressing is this: You should have a layer for every course you plan to order. Just drinks and an appetizer? You should be fine with a sweater and a coat. Drinks, apps, salad, entree, and dessert? Prepare to pack on more layers.I like one (or more) of mine to be made up of Uniqlo’s Heattech line, which now ranges from leggings to T-shirts and accessories like gloves. You can also opt for something that is similarly designed to retain heat or fleece-lined leggings/shirt.Uniqlo Heattech Ultra Warm Crew Neck T-Shirt, $, available at UniqloPlush Fleece Lined Stirrup Leggings, $, available at Shopbop32 Degrees Lightweight Baselayer Scoop Tee, $, available at 32 DegreesAdd A Turtleneck LayerFeel like you’re almost there, but won’t quite be warm enough for two hours spent outside in January? Toss a ribbed turtleneck — perhaps even one with the aforementioned heat-retaining technology — underneath the matching sweatsuit or a sweater you’re wearing. It might seem unnecessary when you're wearing long sleeves, but, when you’re between courses one and two and the chill starts to set in, you’ll appreciate the added layer of protection. Everlane Organic Cotton Turtleneck, $, available at EverlaneEloquii Turtleneck Shoulder Pad Sweater, $, available at EloquiiGiu Giu Blue Nonna Half Zip Polo Sweater, $, available at SSENSEDon’t Underestimate Utility BootsNo longer are outdoor, waterproof boots only appropriate for hiking and fishing. The durable footwear option has become a popular alternative to heeled, leather booties in recent years in cities, with brands like Ganni and Acne Studios designing fashion-forward styles on the outdoor shoe staple. But the benefit of wearing waterproof, often thickly lined utility footwear doesn’t just have to do with their new-and-improved look. They’re also warmer than traditional footwear — even more so if you add a thick pair of wool socks underneath.Hunter Refined Stitch Detail Short Rain Boots, $, available at HunterEverlane The Rain Boot, $, available at EverlaneGanni Leather And Linen Snow Boots, $, available at Matches FashionOpt For A Longer CoatA tiny, cropped coat is cute for photos, but when you’re planning to sit outside for a prolonged period of time, it may not be enough. That said, wearing a maxi coat does, in no way, equate to a lesser-than ‘fit. In fact, a lot of 2021’s chicest coats are ankle-length rather than cropped. Plus, as an added bonus, by opting for longer outerwear for dinner, you open up the possibility of hiding something more comfortable underneath (read: baggy sweatpants). Just make sure the coat isn't too bulky or constricting or heavy, so you're still comfortable eating/drinking.Aritzia The Super Puff Long Goose-Down Puffer Jacket, $, available at AritziaZara Faux Fur Wrap Coat, $, available at ZaraASOS Curve Belted Longline Leather-Look Coat, $, available at ASOSThrow On A Statement BeanieWe know, we know: Winter hats are the downfall of every good hair day. But, when you’re planning to spend over an hour in the cold, there’s really no accessory more capable of keeping you toasty than a beanie. Luckily, this season, designers have crafted winter headwear so cute, it’s actually worth the flat hair. (Think: colorful, knit beanies and fuzzy, shearling bucket hats that you won't want to take off.) Don’t believe us? Just ask Zendaya. Urban Outfitters Super Chunky Knit PomPom Beanie, $, available at Urban OutfittersZara Ribbed Beanie, $, available at ZaraThe Elder Statesman Watchman Tie-Dyed Ribbed Cashmere Beanie, $, available at Net-A-PorterWear An Oversized ScarfThe great thing about blanket-like scarves is just what you’d expect: They double as a throw that you can throw over your shoulders or cover your legs with while you're eating. Loewe Striped Brushed Mohair-Blend Scarf, $, available at Matches FashionCOS Unisex Knitted Cashmere Scarf, $, available at COSFree People Prep Brushed Plaid Blanket Scarf, $, available at Free PeopleBring ReinforcementsNow that big bags have replaced tiny ones in fashion, it’s easier than ever to stylishly carry around extra warm layers wherever you go. That way, when appetizers and cocktails turn into a full-blown dinner, you won’t have to run to a nearby store to pick up a beanie or a pair of gloves. You’ll simply have to dig through everything else in your bag to find them. Nanushka Jo Pleated Tote Bag, $, available at FarfetchSandro , $, available at FarfetchAutumn Cashmere Cashmere Fingerless Gloves, $, available at RevolveLike what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?31 Stylish Outfits To Inspire Your Winter WardrobeWinter Trends That Will Be Everywhere In 2021Zara’s Winter Sale Features Trends Of The Season
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