Shopping: Chic Snow Gear For Mamas Who Love To Play Outside




This is my new favorite style recipe for staying warm:  sporty puffer jacket + cool snow pants + serious winter boots

Sporty Puffer Jackets:

1. North Face Keats Down Jacket with Faux Fur Trim, $280

While this looks like a fashion jacket…it's not.  It's actually a super chic ski jacket, with binding at the wrists and a powder skirt so snow doesn't get in.  It's down but lightweight, and I wouldn't hesitate to wear this on the slopes, around town or making snow angels with the kiddos.

2.  Roxy Quinn Jacket, $240

I tried on this exact snowboard jacket.  It manages to hit that sweet spot between a short jacket and a 3/4 length one.  It is neither, actually, just perfectly in between.  The faux fur detail is more feathery than most – a little detail I loved.  And it's not black!  It's a dark charcoal, with color variations that evoke a very subtle tweed.  This one was SO warm it kicked off some lingering chemo-related hot flashes.  I left it in the store, only to curse that decision later as temps continued to drop.   (Found it for $119 at 6pm in blue….)

3. Burton Dandridge Down Jacket in Sangria Colorblock, $239

I love this colorful twist on a down parka.  And like the others, this one is also designed for the slopes, which means that it'll hold up to any sort of kid-related shenanigans.

4. Lole Emily Down Jacket, on sale for $89

This is a short, slim little puffer jacket, similar in fit to the UA puffer I'm wearing here. I love the contrast zipper (the jacket is reversible, BTW), and the price point couldn't be beat.  Like my UA puffer, I suspect you could layer this under a shell if you really needed to. 


Cool Snowpants:

1. Ride Snowboards Take Over Pant, on sale for $116

I also tried these on (in orchid tweed).  I loved the slouchier fit, the cool tweedy fabric, and the back pocket zippers.  These actually look good (like real pants) without a jacket.  I'm pretty short, so in the end I went with the sleeker pant overall.  But these are seriously awesome.

2. Ride Leschi Pants, on sale for $135

Tried these on, too.  The fit is fairly slim with well placed zipper pockets, yet comfortable.  The colors are bright.  I love the neon yellow (absinthe twill), the orange (strawberry slub) and the purple-y "scratches" print.  I found the XS to be a tad tight in the waist which was surprising, but nice (snowpants often come so oversized).

3. Athleta Ski Daddle Ski Pant, on sale for $119 

Love the look of these pants, the fact they are lined in fleece, and the rave reviews.  

4.  Burton LAMB Tux Pant, $179

This pant was the result of a collaboration between Burton and LAMB (Gwen Stefani's line).  Love, love, love it.  This pant is almost sold out everywhere (except the link above).  (I'm also loving Burton's camo pant…crazy?)


Serious Winter Boots

1. North Face Shellista, $150

I'm obsessed with bright laces on snowboots.  Especially ones as warm and cute as these.  

2. Kamik Luxembourg, $120

I love the moonboots-meets-pocahontas vibe of this boot.  These would work over skinny jeans, too.

3. Sorel Tofino Herringbone Boot, $150

Well.  This was the boot of the year.  And is almost completely sold out.  The Tofino boot is one of the lighter weight winter boots that Sorel offers.  (The brown herringbone color isn't bad either.)  Gosh, most of Sorel's line is all sold out, but REI has a decent number of Winter Fancy Lace boots left, as well as the ones I bought

4. Sorel Tivoli Waterproof Boot, $119

Neon contrast laces?  Yes, please.  I also like the slightly shorter height – it fits better under snowpants.


Hunh.  Several of my boot picks sold out in the last 48 hours.  Crazy.  Anyone else have luck in the chic snow gear department?




  1. I tried many, many fun looking snowpants last year. Always came back to the same problem: I have big hips and a small waist. If the pants fit so that I could actually bend over, they were gapping terribly at the waist, or even falling down.
    So, I eventually caved and bought a pair of Lands’ End bib snowpants. Not stylish, but the really terrible part is hidden under my coat anyway, and no worries about them gapping or falling down. And plenty warm!

  2. It’s so important to get outside. As a Mum, a live by the Danish mantra-There is no bad weather only improper clothing.
    Get the good stuff and play!

  3. I need to embrace Colorado and get out and play more. Unfortunately, unlike yourself, I’m not blessed with being average height or small. Have you come across any options that would work for those of us of above average height (5’9″) with longer than normal legs (32-33″ inseam)? I have a decent pair of a Burton ski pants but ever single time I put them on, I think to myself “these are too short”

  4. I’ve been looking for new snowpants. I need a short inseam and want a classic fit not slim. I’m short but not tiny. I think the best fit for curvy gals are pants that have belt loops so a belt can be used. Any suggestions?

  5. Not sure if you’ve heard of them, but in AK, Skhoop skirts are THE winter item. Cute, easy on/off, and so versatile. I wear mine every day in the winter, whether I’m cross country skiing or grabbing some coffee. Worth looking into. Also, those with cold feet…Bogs! They have some cute styles and are much warmer than Sorels.

  6. Call me old fashioned, but I’ve always had the bib overs that slide on over jeans. I love the looks of what you have here, but have a silly question. Do you wear them instead of jeans?

  7. I got lucky last year at Dick’s Sporting Goods. They had last season’s Sorel boots on clearance for around $60. So I picked up a cute pair of Joan of Arctic. I like the tall style as I’m not afraid to chase after my daughter into the snowbanks if I’m not wearing snowpants (which I haven’t bought yet(.

  8. I read your article, and immediately went to Casualties in Mqt. Being a local, I LOVE shopping there, and have been in the market for a good WARM winter jacket. I loved the Roxy Quinn jacket you posted, and I was so lucky that they still had it!! Bought it, LOVE it, thank you!!!

  9. I love that mantra! I think I need to adopt it the next time I go up to Michigan for Christmas, and get out more. I pretty much hibrinated for two weeks when we were up there this year. The only problem is that I live in Kentucky, where we get little snow, so its not really worth investing in good snow stuff. Hmm…what to do!

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