Winter is here! We’re back to that time of year when the snow blows and the wind nips, and all you want to do is curl up in a blanket with a mug of cocoa. But that’s only fun for a day or so, and then it’s time to break out the layers. I used to dread Chicago winters, but after investing in some key pieces, I’m having much more fun!
I’ve spent several years working in a bicycle store in Chicago. While I’m not the person out riding when its below freezing, my friends are the ladies and gents you’ll see on bikes in a snowstorm. Their advice and recommendations have been invaluable to keeping warm and cozy regardless of how I’m traveling. If you’re looking for advice on how to survive winter bike riding, check out Let’s Go Ride A Bike’s incredibly thorough Guide to Winter Bike Riding.
For a more whimsical take on winter dressing, I just read Gala Darling How to Feel Fabulous When It’s Frigid Outside and it made me smile. One suggestions was to wear a bit of glitter to cure the doldrums. When it’s dark at 4pm or gloomy all day, a bit of style goes a long way towards staying sunny!
Here’s a guide to my current winter favorites:
I get so many compliments about how cute this hat looks! Plus the merino wool is so soft. I keep it in my purse at all times for emergency warmth.
This thick merino wool jacket was a big investment, but I’m constantly impress with its quality. Merino is amazing at regulating body temperatures. This means you’re warm in the cold, but not overheated when you step into a crowded store.
A hot drink is important for staying cozy. The carabiner clips it to the outside of my purse for easy access.
I love cheerful colors in the winter, and the Chartreuse Poppy print would brighten a gray day! One of my tricks in winter is going to a hot yoga class. Be prepared to be warmed from head to toe. The Pilsen’s bungee straps secure a yoga mat so your hands are free for that hot drink.
How can these tights be so thin, yet so cozy? I can even fit them under my skinny jeans.
My newest merino socks, these are thin enough to fit into my regular shoes but have extra padding on the soles. The padding makes them nice and comfy, but I’ve also noticed it blocks out the cold more. I hate feeling a chill creep up through my toes!
The thickest, squishiest socks I own. Also merino, they have lasted for years!
Finally, my secret weapon. I’m not the biggest fan of very sporty looking jackets, so I originally got this with only bike rides in mind. Three winters later, I put this jacket on almost everyday! The Fusion has Gore’s Windstopper fabric, and it lives up to its name. I love a cute jacket, but most can’t stand up to Chicago’s wind. Layer the Fusion underneath, and I feel stylish, warm, and happy!
I love all these products, but I’m always on the lookout for something new! What do you wear to stay warm and cheerful on a cold day?