As I sit down to type on this sunny afternoon, the temperature outside is 5 degrees but — wait for it — feels like negative 13.
Ahhh, winter up north.
I’m not what you would call a ski bunny — I have childhood memories of nearly tumbling down the steep side of the ski hill during a school field trip that keeps me far, far away from the slopes. And while I do enjoy cross country skiing or the occasional snowshoe adventure, I didn’t want to have some grand sporting adventure to be able to enjoy winter on the daily. So I set out this year to simply take walks and enjoy the outdoors like I would any other time of year. It requires zero sporting equipment and very little commitment beyond your front door (10 minutes or 2 hours, anything goes)! The biggest wins of all? You don’t have to drop mad dollars on fancy outdoor gear, seasonal passes, AND you can ditch the snow pants.
A Cozy Winter Outfit Formula For Getting Outside
There’s just something about that fresh air in my lungs, no matter how cold, that is the absolute best kind of therapy — and I believe it’s obtainable no matter where you live. Staying warm and cute is totally possible as long as you follow the same rule as you do with your skincare — apply layers thinnest to thickest. I begin with a base of quality second-skin leggings and a long sleeve shirt with thumb holes, layer with cuffed sweats next, and finish with a good warm jacket. Ta-da! It’s that simple.
Step 1: Start With A Pair Of Second-Skin leggings
The minimalist in me doesn’t like having to purchase separate fancy apparel for each sport or season, so when I find a pair leggings that can do-it-all, I truly live in them. You’ve heard me sing their praises before, and I’ll be doing it for a long time to come, because I have yet to find a pair that I love more than Lululemon Aligns. In every stage of life (even pregnancy!) Aligns have been the comfiest — coziest — easiest — most flattering pair I own. Another go-to pair is Lululemon’s Wunder Under legging — the material is absolutely perfect for winter layering!
Step 2: Add Long Sleeves With Thumb Holes
This section could be deep, because there are a lot of long sleeves that work as an excellent base layer. BUT a pair with thumbholes goes the extra mile in locking in that warmth — especially when slipping into a pair of gloves (there is nothing worse than snow getting stuck in your sleeve).
Step 3: Layer On Joggers & A Sweatshirt
Joggers or sweatpants with cuffed bottoms are the best choice, because they both wrap tightly against your socks and also look better slipped inside your boot. With every layer we’re trying to close off the areas that wind or snow can sneak into. The best way to rock a sweatshirt and sweatpants together and not look frumpy? Make them a matching set, or choose a sweatshirt that just skims the waistband of your sweatpants.
Step 4: Top With A Cozy Winter Coat
This one is obviously dependent on where you live and what the weather is doing. Right now I’m reaching for a long puffer or the Alo Yoga Foxy Sherpa Jacket (it’s shocking how warm this jacket is!!). I’m wearing the Foxy Sherpa below in an outfit that follows the same formula only without the sweatshirt — because this sherpa jacket is that warm and on most days gets the job done all by itself. Mine is a few years old now and still going strong.
There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. Following this formula has worked like a charm, and on days as cold as this one I include the necessary accessories like a hat, scarf and gloves. Here’s to seizing the day — not waiting for spring, but enjoying whatever we’re given right now, TODAY!
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