We don't just want to survive the next couple of months, we want to thrive. And that is exactly why we've put this special StyledOn Six List together for you now, on one of the slushiest days we've seen all season.
Now you may have seen some of these items featured in the past and that is because we truly believe in them. Let's just put it this way, if we were Oprah, we'd give each and every one of these items away to all of you. Without further ado, see below for six of our top must-buy items during the freezing, wet, winter months:
1. Hunter Original Wellington + Fleece Sock Insert. Firmly established as a style classic, Hunter wellington boots were originally designed over 150 years ago to conquer Britain's rugged terrain and unpredictable weather. Since then, the boot's performance, durability and comfort have become legendary. And while they will always be a symbol of rural British life, they can be seen across the globe and on style icons including Kate Moss, the Olsens, Nicole Richie, and basically the entire fashion industry. They will keep your feet dry. And if you wear them with the fleece sock insert, they will keep your feet warm too. Lots of colors to choose from, but we suggest you go with black. Sold all over the world including at large retailers such as Macys, Bloomindales, and Net-a-porter. The original wellington retails for $125 and the sock for $30. And ps-if you don't like wearing them in the office, switch your shoes. If Hunter boots just aren't your thing, shop the rest of our favorite cold-weather boots (which happen to be our January Must-Buy).
2. DKNY Cozy. Easily the most versatile sweater we own, this is a style we return to year after year. Available in fine merino wool (for $160) and cashmere silk ($195), this secret styling weapon sweater can be worn in over 12 different ways and should be! Wear it over a tank and with jeans, over a dress, belted or to the office paired with slacks.
3. Canada Goose Kensington Parka. At $595, this parka isn't cheap, but it'll keep you warm for year to come. Long and slim-fitting, the Kensington is insulated with 625 fill power white duck down and features a two-way adjustable, fleece-lined down hood with a removable coyote fur ruff. The practical storm flap that covers the front zipper is made stylish with smart military buttons, while the waist is drawn in snugly with adjustable straps. Recessed rib knit cuffs keep your wrists cozy while your hands can snuggle into fleece-lined warming pockets. Unlike most warm winter coats, this style comes in sizes 2XS to XL.
4. Shopbop Bop Basic Accessories. We've found comfort and style in the Bop Basics collection time and time again, and especially in their chunky winter accessory offering. Our favorites include the oversized cashmere beanie ($75), thick knit flip top mittens (now $40.60), and the cashmere tube scarf ($175). (Want to know more about Shopbop? Check out Fashion Director Kate Ciepluch's StyledOn Six List here.)
5. UNIQLO Heattech Line. UNIQLO brings us a range of styles from under shirts and turtlenecks, to thick socks and funnel scarves, all made from special material that is designed to create and retain warmth in even the coldest environments. The material is comfortable, anti-static, super soft, and retains heat remarkably well. The pieces aren't bulky at all (incredibly thin, actually), and even contain a special antibacterial agent to minimize odors (which you may want to remember if you're shopping for your boyfriend). Oh, and all of these pieces retail for under $20.
6. American Apparel Winter Leggings. Wear them alone or under your pants and jeans. We have multiple pair and You might think $38 is a lot for leggings considering you can get a pair at H&M for $5, but these will literally save your ass on the coldest days and last for at least two seasons.
What keeps you warm, dry, and StyledOn on the harshest winter days?