How to Look Stylish When You’re Freezing

How to Look Stylish When You’re Freezing

We’re almost a month into winter and I’m definitely starting to feel the cold! Even in California, it’s that time of year where a comfy sweater just isn’t going to cut it. After spending a few days in Mammoth for New Year’s, I was inspired to write a post about dressing for the cold, but still keeping it chic. I know how easy it is to become a “lazy” dresser in the winter, opting for sweats and Uggs, but just because it’s chilly out, doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style. Here’s what I now on How to look stylish even when you’re freezing!


When it comes to chilly weather, layers are your best friend. The right layers help you stay warm and cozy when you’re outdoors, but are easily removable when you go inside. The key is to always start with a base layer. This layer should be form-fitting, comfy and not too tight. It should also be in a material that will wick moisture away from your skin like a synthetic polyester or merino wool (cotton isn’t best since it won’t evaporate moisture.) Depending on the kind of cold weather, I’ll top it off with a wool or shearling coat or puffer! For extra cold weather, another tip I have is to layer tights under your jeans or pants. Scarves are also great for added warmth!


CHECK THE FORECASTFirst and foremost, check your weather app. It may seem like a no brainer, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been rained on and I was wearing the wrong shoes and didn’t have an umbrella! Of course, the forecast is never 100% accurate, but it will definitely steer you in the right direction. I’ve learned my lesson that it never hurts to keep an umbrella and an extra coat in your car! I’m also a fan of a good rubber sole boot just for this kind of occasion.


Not all fabrics are ideal for keeping warm and the cold is definitely not the time to skimp on quality. Some of the best layering fabrics to wear in the winter are merino wool (the softest wool, btw), cable-knit wool, cashmere, and fleece. Leather and faux leather are also great top layers for keeping warm and protecting you from the wind. I also love a cozy plush teddy or faux coat to finish off my look.


There’s nothing worse than cold feet, except cold, wet feet. When it’s really cold out or it’s rainy or snowy, you absolutely need a high-quality moisture-wicking pair of socks to keep your feet warm and dry. Merino wool, cashmere or other quick-drying synthetic materials are your best bet. All the best ones linked below!


Tall boots are always a smart buy for winter. They not only add an extra layer to keep your legs warm, but they are also super chic. I would definitely recommend leather ones since they are more weather-resistant and to choose a brand that specializes in boots. Stuart Weitzman, Frye and Via Spiga are a few of my trusted brands for durable, comfortable and high-quality boots. The ones I am wearing above have come in handy year after year!


Protecting your head from the cold is a must if you want to stay warm in the winter. Hats, beanies, and earmuffs are all great options. Again, go for fabrics like merino wool, polyester, nylon or faux fur. If you’re going to be in the rain or snow, a waterproof, wind-resistant hat is great especially if you aren’t carrying an umbrella or your coat doesn’t have a hood. I’m always keen for a good hat to finish off my winter outfits. Current faves are chunky oversized beanies and fisherman caps.


It’s always great to have some reliable cold-weather basics to wear throughout the winter. A few I don’t think I could live without are fleece-lined leggings, Stuart Weitzman over the knee boots, Doc Marten combat boots, a down puffer coat, a cashmere turtleneck, a cashmere camel coat, and a warm beanie! All my cold weather-approved basics linked below!


 As you may already know, shopping sustainable and ethical brands, vintage and second hand is something I’m very passionate about. One of my goals for the New Year is to bring you guys more sustainable options of the latest trends and styles I’m loving. You can expect to find a section (like this one) in every post exclusively linking styles that are produced using sustainable and ethical practices! In the meantime,  learn about all my favorite eco-friendly brands in this post!