Coming from the south, NYC winters are NO JOKE. From about mid-October to mid-April (for reals!), you’ll find me bundled up like the abominable snow monster to brave even the briefest of dog walks outside. There are a few key items that I’ve learned to depend on over my last decade in NYC, keeping the cold out and me outside for longer (without being absolutely miserable in the process!)
Outerwear: Canada Goose
Over the years I’ve been living up North, I’ve cycled through practically a new winter jacket each season, looking for one that would, alas, keep me warm enough to not dread being outside. I’ve tried military style peacoats, Northface down jackets, and even J. Crew classics with layers of sweaters and turtlenecks underneath. Nothing worked. Until (drumroll please…) I finally took the financial plunge and splurged on an investment piece–my Canada Goose. Now, it was a little hard convincing myself that the price tag was worth it, but after having it for a whole season and realizing how many years it will last me into the future (without having to replace it!), I’m convinced it’s the best clothing investment I ever made. They come in different heat number ratings, and I went ahead and went with the highest rating I could find at our local Bloomingdales, a 4. Truly does a stellar job of keeping me warm on even the coldest of days.
I can’t express how much I love the Camper brand–not just for keeping warm in the winter, but also because of the sheer comfort that the brand provides that I’ve never found in another shoe brand. Super comfy, and they last forever–braving the NYC elements. A little hint: with winter boots, I usually go up a half a size, as wearing thick wool socks is another important part to staying toasty.
Keeping Those Tootsies Warm: Wool Socks
My dad always puts a thick pair of these puppies in my Christmas stocking, and they pull though with tons of wear for the whole season. It’s amazing–keep your feet warm and head warm, and the rest of your body kind of self-regulates.
Layering Underneath Clothes: Uniqlo Heattech Leggings
These leggings/turtlenecks fit like a second skin, layering perfectly underneath whatever your outfit is. I tested them out when I spent a week in Canada a few years back under snow pants (in February, mind you!), and they truly did keep me super toasty, even during full days of cross-country skiing! Plus they are stylish enough to pair with boots and a dress for those times you need to dress up a bit more.
Keeping Warm At The Office/Home: Hot Water Bottle
I know, I know–this is aging me to a 90 year old–but I promise, these suckers really work! I hate, hate, hate being cold inside almost as much as I do outdoors, so always keep one of these near during the winter months to keep my body temperature up while pounding away on my computer, watching Netflix, or getting some reading done. Extra hint: if you put one in your bed, it will keep you warm all night long, no extra blankets required!