8 Chic Winter Essentials That Will Keep You Warm—Without the Bulk
Winter hibernation is real.
Along with the wish to spend all your time inside watching Netflix, winter brings the laziness and lack of desire to wear anything that does not start with sweat. Dressing to stay as cozy as we are on the couch, but appropriate enough to be seen outside in the real world, can be tough. As we all know, being warm is critical to our health, sanity, and survival of winter. However, cold-weather clothes tend to lean towards being chunky, shapeless, or have an outdoorsy vibe to them, making it hard for your weekly wardrobe to not appear on the casual side. It is this time of year when comfort outranks style.
Fortunately, some brands have stepped things up by making super warm, yet stylish pieces that won’t make you feel like you’re wearing a snowsuit. Choose typical winter pieces like sweaters, jeans, and vests with the right added features to keep your style in check and the chills at bay. Here are eight pieces that prove you don’t have to make any sacrifices when it comes to your fashion this winter.
Take note from campers and skiers who know the power of merino wool. The knit is very warm, not to mention moisture-wicking and heat-regulating. This relaxed dress is versatile, easy to wear from fall to spring. Just slip on some opaque black tights when the temperature drops.
To buy: $80; nordstrom.com.
A puffer vest is not exactly a surprisingly warm piece, but a collarless version makes this typically sporty item dressy. With a more streamlined neckline, the ultra-thin vest will easily lie flat when layered under a coat that needs some added insulation, for example. It can also be worn over a long sleeve shift dresses without looking like you are heading for a hike post work.
To buy: $30; amazon.com.
This one has a huge surprise factor. On the surface, these look like a pair of sexy, faux-leather leggings, but on the inside, they have a soft lining made to keep your stems cozy. Wear these sleek pants with a long sweater or short dress on days when you’re not feeling jeans.
To buy: $84; zappos.com.
What sets these apart from others is that they don’t look like typical cold weather boots. The waxed, distressed leather gives them a polished appearance, yet the fleece lining and rugged sole make them ready for less-than-optimal winter days. Pair them with skirts or over skinny jeans.
To buy: $195; amazon.com.
Cozy sweatshirts are something we obviously would love to live in during the chilly months. The problem is that they often are super casual or sloppy, especially if you’re reaching for one that you’ve owned for quite a while. A fresh black crew can be work appropriate with a skirt, over a dress, or with dark jeans. A style from an athletic brand will provide you with all the technological elements, like HeatLoft, which is lightweight but will keep you snug.
To buy: $125; newbalance.com.
With a slim, straight fit, and a dark wash, these jeans are ready to go from dressy to casual. Regardless of what completes the look, your legs will be thankful for the soft lining that provides 30 percent more warmth than regular jeans. Might as well grab two, these will be in heavy rotation until spring.
To buy: $159; shopduer.com.
We would be remiss if we didn’t include one of Uniqlo's Heat Tech items on this list, made from a lightweight material that converts body moisture into heat. Slip this on under a silk dress, button-down blouse, plaid shirt, or anything really. You will be amazed how warm this thin tank will keep you under any of your clothes.
To buy: $15; uniqlo.com.
Obviously, sweaters are supposed to keep you warm, but they aren’t all created equal. Athleisure sweaters have added features that react well to your body, just as activewear would. With a hint of cashmere, this machine-washable sweater could be just the piece that keeps you out of your rut.
To buy: $138; shop.lululemon.com.