Last week I was in New York City and after a few hours of walking from block to block I noticed that I was beginning to lose the feeling in my cheeks. I was sure that there was wind blowing and weather occurring, but I felt none of it as most of my body had become numb. The tips of my fingers hardened as I casually strolled through the NYU campus with my Old Navy pea coat and my decorative infinity scarf. Why yes, my scarf did have a fun print but it wasn’t warm. You know what isn’t a good look for anyone: hypothermia. There is nothing cute about shivering on the sidewalks of Manhattan.
I honestly thought that as a native Upstate New Yorker I could totally deal with the cold for just a bit. I ended up making a mad dash for Urban Outfitters while in the village and purchased the world’s largest scarf and gloves that keep your hands in fleece. I have spent 24 of my 30 years living in Albany, NY and I finally had to accept a very difficult fact: It’s cold out there, y’all. Really cold.
So how do you survive the cold while your Southern California friends tell you about wearing a tank top in December? First of all, you accept your fate. You are hear now and it will be winter for quite sometime. You cannot NOT go outside until April. Second, you flaunt your faux fur and wool socks like you got it. Because you have got this. I’ve realized that everything is better when you look good. The cold doesn’t hurt so much when you have cute boots on. I promise.
Here I have for you what I am relying on this winter. These items are all Upstate NY approved. It’s all about being warm and functional and being able to feel your appendages. For my fellow New Yorkers/Northeast residents, I say that we will get through this together and with giant fluffy sweaters. I promise.
Staring At Stars Iceland Eternity Scarf 1 of 10
This scarf was the first thing I purchased in New York City after I realized that I was about to die from hypothermia. It is the warmest, coziest thing you will ever own. It's massive and feels like you're wearing a blanket.
Women’s Plus Size Shimmer Down Parka 2 of 10
Fun fact: I've lived in Upstate NY for 24 of my 30 years on earth and I have never owned a giant parka. Or if I did it was when I was eight and wore one begrudgingly. Sometimes you need a coat that covers your butt and has fleece lined pockets and a hood with faux fur. It will make you feel warm even when the thermometer reads -1 degree.
On the Range Open-Front Cardigan 3 of 10
When I purchased this giant open-front cardigan I pictured myself sitting in front of my non-existent fireplace with a giant mug of hot chocolate. I wear a version of this sweater around my house in the winter. Why turn up the heat when you have a massive sweater?
St. Louis Wrap 4 of 10
Another version of a warm open-front sweater this time from Lucky Brand. I'm serious when I say that you will want one of these. You will be forever cozy and it's a lot more fun than another sweatshirt. You won't mind going out in public with one of these on.
ASOS CURVE Jacket In Longline And Texture 5 of 10
If you are like me and you work outside of the home this is a good long, warm blazer in lieu of the typical shorter version. You can even wear this with a sleeveless or short-sleeve a-line dress, fun necklace and boom! An outfit wear you are both warm and professional.
Pinwheel Plush-Lined Glove 6 of 10
I purchased these gloves during the same trip to Urban Outfitters when I purchased my giant scarf. The outside is fine, nothing exciting, right? The inside? OH MY GOD. When they say "plush-lined" they mean "plush-lined". I let Kristen wear them briefly and she too thought they were the warmest gloves ever.
Kallima Genuine Suede Shearling Style Boots 7 of 10
I was going to buy Uggs and then I read about how they make their boots so I decided to go with a pair of boots that are just as comfy but didn't make me feel like a horrible human being. I mostly wear these to yoga and they are incredibly warm inside (I'm usually barefoot post yoga). Great, affordable boots.
Jet Black Metallic Linen Women’s Desert Wedges 8 of 10
Were you looking for a pair of cute, socially conscious booties? Well, you're in luck! Here you go. I actually wore these on Christmas and people loved them and they made me taller. I love them with skinny jeans or jeggings. and like all Toms these boots are very comfortable.
Nine West Women’s Rockitude Bootie 9 of 10
I. Love. These. Boots. If I were going out on New Years Eve I would wear these boots and dance the night away. I also tend to wear a lot of black so these are good to add some color to an outfit. Bonus: They come in a size 12. Amazing.
C9 by ChampionÂ® Women’s Microfleece Cowl Neck Tunic 10 of 10
I've owned plenty of fleece tops in my day but this is by far my favorite. I like things that are both cute and functional. I especially like that as far as winter wear this is another item that I can wear out of the house and to work even (on dress down days) without feeling like a schlub.