One of the hardest parts of living in the Northeast is the never-ending fight to stay warm, but not lose your personal touch and style. As it gets colder, there are key components to perfecting the winter shield.
Living in a walkable city, warmth is not something I can compromise on. It is necessary as I will be outside on most of my errands, work, or day-to-day activities. Once the temperature is below 35 degrees, I start to wear at least an extra layer everywhere. One of the best investments I acquired last year was fleece leggings. They are thick with warm lining, but not bulky, as you can layer these under jeans or other pants. Some companies also offer these in various skin color tights, perfect to pair with a skirt or dress in the winter months. If I do not have a thick pair of tights available, I tend to substitute ballet tights, as their durability and fabric is better than a sheer tight.
Thermal undergarments help make layering less bulky. Adding one or two under a sweater, coat, and jacket can help circulate body warmth for longer. They are my go-to for a quick layer but not overkill when I know I will also be inside for an extended period of time.
Long overcoats are great to pair with any outfit. It adds a certain level of warmth that also looks put together and polished. It is the perfect coat when wearing an outfit that is slightly elevated from the typical day outfit. A classic staple would be some sort of black or brown color, but they are also the perfect pop of color accessories. When winter weather is drab, and everything is dull a red coat could be the perfect item to brighten your day.
Head winter gear is crucial in keeping warm. Earmuffs have been a requirement for me the past few years. I’ve owned all colors, from black to white to cheetah print and more. It’s one of the items I get the most compliments on in public and has become a conversation starter.
Gloves are the most overlooked everyday requirement when it comes to battling the frigid temperatures. Mittens are cute but can lack mobility when it comes to operating most tasks. Leather gloves are my go-to as they keep the warmth and are an easy grip for most hand items.
I do not look for super warm shoes when it comes time for the winter. The only types of shoes I tend to consider are more closed-toe or boot options. I do make it a point to have quality socks for warmth. Wool socks with another sock underneath are the perfect pair when it comes to coverage for feet. The wool socks are also longer, allowing them to connect to a pair of pants or tight, leaving no room for the cold air to sneak up the leg.
As a girl who enjoys dressing up for any occasion regardless of the weather outside, some of these tips help me keep from straying away from dressing for the day. It’s easy to choose comfort in the cold, but there is no reason comfort can’t come with style.