Having spent the majority of my life in the sunshine state, the thought of buying winter clothes never crossed my mind. I own quite the beanie collection, but more so for fashion purposes than to keep me warm. The closest I ever got to snow was at the “Wild Wonderland” exhibit my hometown zoo in Florida would put up every year that included an exorbitant amount of fake snow and questionable fake Santas.
Naturally when I moved here, I had no idea what to expect (spoiler: I still don’t). I packed up a couple of thin long sleeved shirts, a hoodie, and my beanie collection, hoping for the best. As winter slowly begins to encroach upon us, I am now starting to realize how unprepared I truly am. I keep telling my friends that this so called “nice weather” that you New Yorkers keep referring to is what we Floridians would consider winter. Much to my displeasure, I’ve been told its only downhill from here.
Lucky for me, I’ve met a handful of kind souls with far more winter experience than I have, who have given me the basic rundown of all the winter essentials I’ll need to bear the upcoming cold, harsh months.
Have a cute dress or skirt that you want to wear out but don’t want to freeze to death? Let fleece-lined tights become your new best friend. They’ll keep you warmer than regular tights yet still have the same overall appearance as regular tights.
Try: Target Pretty Polly Women’s Fleece-lined Tights ($20)
These are a given during the cold. Your hands are numb, so obviously you’re going to want to get gloves. But have you considered how hard it’ll be to pull your MetroCard out of your wallet with mitten fingers? Fingerless gloves will keep your hands warm without hindering you from your daily activities.
Try: H&M Mittens/Fingerless Gloves ($9.99)
It’s basically a blanket for your neck. Why wouldn’t you want one of these?
Try: Urban Outfitters Brushed Plaid Blanket Scarf ($39)
If there’s one thing I do know about surviving the cold, it’s the importance of keeping your skin moisturized after being out all day. The cold weather can cause your lips and skin to crack, which can result in a very painful couple of days. Use chapstick and moisturizer to save yourself the pain.
Just because a shirt has long sleeves does not mean it will keep you warm (especially if its chiffon). I learned this the hard way. Stocking up on basic thermals to wear underneath your ever day sweaters and jackets is just as essential everything else mentioned above.
Try: Forever 21 Raglan Thermal Top ($12.90)
Now it’s time to put my tips to the test – stay toasty, ladies!