Who else is ready to say peace the eff out to winter?! While it hasn’t snowed in a few weeks, it was well under freezing all friggen weekend here in Chicago. Since moving to Chicago, one of the main questions I get asked is, “How do you survive the winter?!” This post isn’t specific to Chicago, but here are my best tips for trying to stay warm all winter long. (Even if winter lasts well into April… 🙄)
Let me start off by saying… As with most things in life, I think it’s mostly a mental game. Around the holidays is usually fine because there is a lot of excitement and winter is still relatively new, but January is when shit starts to get rough. February is even worse, and March (or April) is when we’re all at the end of our ropes.
This winter hasn’t been as bad as bad as last year (in my opinion) because it’s at least been pretty sunny. Last winter was a real doozy! Don’t quote me on the specifics, but I think out of like 30 days, the sun only shined for like 3 of them last year. The constant grey haze affects my energy, mood, and, and sprit so much!
My biggest tip is to try your hardest to plan a sunny getaway sometime between January – March. Even if it’s just a weekend away visiting grandparents, put your credit card miles to good use. A few short days in the sunshine does wonders for the soul!
But for when you’re not on vacation and stuck in a winter wonderland, here are five things that help me get by…
1. Canada Goose Coat
Guys, a Canada Goose such an investment, but it’s truly a must in my eyes. I saved up and finally bought one last winter and I was kicking myself for waiting so long once I finally got it. (I have the black Shelburne Parka.) I really does make SUCH a huge difference! I used to turn my nose up at the thought of wearing a puffy coat, but those days are long behind us. It’s the warmest thing I’ve ever worn and has done wonders for my mental sanity in the winter!
They’re hard to track down this time of year (your best bet is to buy one in the fall before they sell out so you’ve got your pick of sizes and colors!), but Neiman Marcus seems to have the best selection of colors and sizes right now.
2. Beanies, Beanies, & more Beanies
Beanies are by no means for aesthetic purposes at this point. They really do keep you that much warmer! I don’t leave my house without a warm hat unless it’s over 45 degrees. Period. I’ve got a whole collection at this point — cuter styles and ones that are more casual/sporty for running errands or going to-and-from workouts.
I will say, you do have to be careful with letting your skin breathe though. I have a bad habit of wearing them when I’m in my apartment, too, and I’ve noticed that the skin on my forehead can get kind of irritated. So try to stick to outdoors only!
And a little side note on the workout front: I absolutely *always* wash my face before putting a beanie on my sweaty skin. That’s just asking for breakouts.
3. Turtlenecks Always
I joke that Steve Jobs is my style icon, but turtlenecks are like my security blanket in the winter. (My friends give me so much shit that I’m constantly in a turtleneck… Like, even out at a club on a Saturday night. 😂) They really do keep me so much warmer than a regular top or sweater, and since I’m such a baby about being cold, I’ll deal with them poking fun and my own man-repelling ways.
4. Boots with the Fur
Fleece, fur, or shearling-lined booties are a must. My feet are always cold so thick socks and warm boots are a non-negotiable.
Check out this post for another pair of my more casual shearling-lined booties!
5. Tech-Friendly Gloves
I have the cashmere version of this pair and I swear by them! Not having to rip your glove off to answer the phone or a text is a game-changer.
Get the Look…
Canada Goose Shelburne Parka
525 America Turtleneck
Rag & Bone Jeans
M.Gemi Fur-Lined Wedge Booties (similar here)
Yves Salomon Pom Beanie (on sale here!)
Le Specs Black Aviator Sunglasses (also available here!)
Echo Cashmere Tech-Friendly Gloves
Polene Paris Top-Handle Bag
Since winter is (hopefully!) on it’s way out, I made this graphic so you can pin this post for next winter!