6 Pieces That Will Keep You Warm All Winter, According to a Shopping Writer Who's Always Cold

Including insulated parkas, shearling-lined clogs, and heat-trapping turtlenecks.

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As someone who's lived on the East Coast for the majority of my life, I'm always surprised at just how cold winters in New York can be. But even in near freezing temperatures, the right apparel can make the colder months much more bearable. Luckily, I've found a variety of clothing and accessories over the years that help keep me warm without compromising on style or comfort.

Some pieces are a no-brainer, like a down-filled parka and a thick cashmere scarf, although I've also found some under-the-radar cozy pieces that have changed my winter wardrobe for the better. Take the Birkenstock Boston Shearling Clogs, for example, which are winterized take on the brand's classic slip-on shoes, or a Uniqlo Heattech turtleneck, which looks like your typical pullover sweater, but is actually designed with heat-trapping technology.

Keep reading for this shopping writer's favorite cold weather apparel and accessories.

Smartwool Hike Medium Best Friend Crew Socks

wool socks

My feet are perpetually chilly, whether I'm working from home or walking around town, so merino wool socks are an absolute must. These socks lock in heat while remaining breathable, so they keep me warm without the worry of overheating. Plus, since they're designed for hiking, they have a bit of extra cushion that makes them even more comfortable.

Birkenstock Boston Shearling Clogs


Birkenstocks have long been a shopper- and celeb-loved shoe, so I wasn't surprised when I loved these shearling-lined clogs right out of the box. They're comfortable to walk in because they have a contoured footbed that molds to your foot, while the soft shearling lining is both stylish and cozy.

Ugg Fluffette Slippers

ugg slipper

Whether I'm working from home during the week or lounging around the house on the weekend, there's a good chance I'll be wearing these slippers. They're soft, plush, and comfortable, keeping me warm without making my feet sweat.

The North Face Women's Stretch Down Parka


There's no shortage of winter coats on the market, but this parka from the North Face has been my favorite for nearly two years now. It keeps heat in but still offers a flattering look and never feels bulky. The coat is available in five colors, including navy, black, and olive green, so you'll be sure to find one that fits with your daily winter wardrobe.

Uniqlo Heattech Ultra Warm High-Neck Long-Sleeve T-shirt

turtleneck sweater

Uniqlo knows how to do cold-weather clothing. Its Heattech line is full of winter essentials, including this turtleneck that's soft, stretchy, and easy to layer. I wear this top on its own or under a heavier sweater for extra warmth.

& Other Stories Cashmere Ribbed Knit Scarf

cashmere scarf

A scarf is an obvious essential, but this cashmere pick from & Other Stories offers a touch of luxury while it protects my neck and face from the elements. It's currently available in four colors, including beautiful neutrals like cream, khaki, and gray, as well as a stunning lilac for a pop of color.

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