Despite what you see in movies and on Instagram, winter in NYC is not all Christmas lights and pretty store windows. I mean, those are definitely prevalent, but piled in there among the fun and games are millions of New Yorkers and tourists doing whatever they can simply to not feel cold. How do I know? Because I'm one of them, and as much as I care about looking cool, fashionable, and taller than I really am, at a certain point (usually early December), I care most about not freezing.
So what's on my must-have list for winter? From Uniqlo Heattech to high socks to plain puffers, there are a total of nine boring basics that I truly could not live without once the temperatures drop. To see what they all are and, of course, shop my picks for each category along the way, just keep scrolling.
Thankfully puffers have become more and more fashionable as of late, however, even if they weren’t, there’s simply no way of getting around them on NYC’s coldest and wettest days. The below from Y-3 has been my go-to so far this year.
When it’s freezing day after day, who has time to think about how to style a complicated fashion sweater? Not me. That’s why I rely on an arsenal of simple, crewneck sweaters to layer over my warm basics and under my coats.
Definitely the most boring item on this list but arguably the most crucial, Uniqlo Heat Tech gets layered under everything I wear from jeans to sweaters once the temperatures get below a certain point in winter.