I’m sad to say this, but winter is coming whether we want it to or not. Like, we’re less than 90 days from 2024 (*shudders*). Soon enough the weather app will show temperatures that are borderline criminal and I can honestly say I’m not looking forward to that. For all my first-year corporate girlies who have not experienced getting dressed to brace for the cold, don’t fret, consider me your winter fairy godmother—I have the ultimate list of cold-weather lifesavers for you.
And fair warning, some of these may seem basic, but we tend to forget about the essential items that make the frigid weather a tiny bit less miserable. Plus, it’s best to stock up now during the holiday sales so you won’t have to trek to the mall in subzero temps come December.
Gloves That Will Keep Your Scrolling 24/7
Gloves are crucial, especially the touchscreen ones. You do not want to show up to work with numb fingers and the inability to type. Your inbox drowning in emails needs responses!
Trust Me, Your Feet Will Get Cold
Do not even attempt to put on your Hanes socks unless you plan on hobbling into the office. Thick socks are the move and honestly, sometimes I even double-sock it.
Like An Onion (And Shrek), We Should All Have Layers
Have you ever experienced the cold wind going through your trousers? It’s not enjoyable. Leggings under your pants will prevent you from enduring the pain and suffering from the wind.
The same goes for a long sleeve under everything. Layering is key. We might think our thick sweater saves all, but unfortunately, it does not.
You Don’t Have to Sacrifice Style
You can still look chic while dressing warm. A long black coat is a staple in my closet for the winter.
Feeling Like A Marshmallow Is Low-Key Essential
Puffers may not be the cutest option and I secretly hate to ride the Super Puff train, but it is probably the warmest jacket I own. Do not feel the need to spend money on a Monclair or Canada Goose when you can get the Aritzia Super Puff which is undeniably warmer for a fraction of the price. They have so many color and length options to choose from which is a plus.
Just Like Moisturizing—Don’t Forget Your Neck
IDK how to stress this enough but, keeping your neck warm is so important. I don’t know the science behind it, but when my neck is warm it makes the chilly weather a little more bearable. It’s good to have the option of a thick or thin scarf.