Time spent at college in upstate New York has prepped me for a lifetime of stylish snow storm dressing. It is tempting to throw on your rattiest sweatpants and sweater when the weather takes a turn for the blustery. But sometimes but you have no choice but to get on with your day and be a REAL person (you know, go out in public instead of watch 12 episodes of Rock of Love on your bed with a bag of bagel chips. Wait, no one else did this? Come on… just me??).
Here are my winter essentials for mastering the cold, the snow and the shoveling while still looking cute and staying warm.
Just because it is snowing doesn’t mean you don’t need some fab sunnies. I find snow days to be more blinding than beach days. Also, these Quay sunglasses are perfect if you want to skip makeup and hide behind a rosy glow.
Nothing is better than a warm pair of cozy socks. I especially love these by Aeire because you can wear them with boots!
So you may have to shovel a little snow. No worries– your hands will be super warm with these gloves. The best part is that they have a storage pocket so you can keep your keys or chapstick with you at all times without having to worry if they will fall out of your coat and into the snow.
I can’t imagine a cuter hat. Pom-poms make everything a little sweeter.
I am OBSESSED with Loft’s line, Lou + Greg! It is an entire section of the store dedicated to cute, comfy and stylish sportswear pieces that look so much better than those ratty sweats. This top is SO SOFT and also really cozy. Perfect to layer under a vest as well or with a long sleeve tee underneath. It is lightweight so you won’t be sweating bullets but still warm enough to keep the chill out.
This scarf is a total splurge item, for sure. But just LOOK at how cozy the model looks in it. I can’t wait to wrap myself up in it.
A tank?? As a winter essential? I included this one from Old Navy because I wear one every single day– snow or not! They are the perfect weight and length for layering or wearing under an open cardi. Plus, there are so many colors to choose from and they wash really well. I am wearing an olive green one as I type. Stock up– at $12 each you can get a bunch and they will carry you through the next 3 seasons!
THESE LEGGINGS ARE $11!!!!! Let me repeat. SALE ALERT! $11 cozy, comfy leggings! I love this brand because everything they make is super warm but also insanely soft and buttery. You can snag these thermal leggings at a fraction of the regular price. You KNOW I scooped up a few. They are perfect for the winter because they are thicker than your regular leggings but won’t make you sweat or overheat. Can’t recommend them enough!
Last but not least, my holy grail of winter footwear. Forget Uggs– seriously forget ’em! These are JUST as comfortable and roomy but are MADE for snow and rain. They are weatherproof, so you can wear them out in the slush and not worry if the suede will get ruined. They are about 1/4 the price of Uggs and come in a ton of cute colors and styles. I am wearing this pair right now. I wear mine with socks, but just like Uggs you can opt not to. They truly are the BEST winter “suede” boot I have found.
What are you winter essentials? Tell me in the comments!
Off to make some iced coffee and play in the snow. Because no matter HOW cold it gets in New York I will always drink iced. #guzzle