I'm New to Running Outdoors in the Winter—30 Things I'd Add to My NYC Wardrobe


(Image credit: @_sierramayhew wearing Alala)

There was a time in my life when if you asked me to run a mile, I'd say not a chance. The younger me would be shocked to hear that I'm a few days away from running my first 5K. While I used to be a strength and conditioning gal, cardio training has taken hold of me like no other lately and I'm always chasing that rush. I challenged myself to run a 5K for the first time because I was looking for a new way to set goals and improve my fitness. Now that I've successfully completed my practice round, I know for a fact that I'll be spending my winters going for runs outdoors and will need a wardrobe to match.

I've never actually had an outdoor fitness routine in the winter and I am very new to this all, but after browsing my favorite fitness sites and asking a few friends for their tips and tricks, I think I've got it down. Experienced runners I've spoken to mentioned focusing on keeping the extremities warm with a soft beanie and gloves being essential. Wearing tight layers seems to be the move for underneath. A winter coat would be too bulky and keep me too warm, so I am really finding myself drawn to light jackets and quarter-zips. Running shoes with traction are also a must-have. Below, find 30 things I'm thinking of adding to my NYC wardrobe to keep me warm this winter.

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Associate Editor

Sierra Mayhew was always destined to work in fashion, but she didn't know it at first. Growing up with no choice but to wear a rotation of school uniforms and activewear, her love for fashion really blossomed when she moved away for college and was able to finally define her very own personal style. Shortly thereafter, she interned at Elle magazine and instantly knew that editorial was for her. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, she worked for ShopBazaar, contributing regularly to Bazaar.com, and finally made her way to Who What Wear, where she is an associate editor. When she’s not working, you can catch her always trying to catch a flight, rollerblading through New York City traffic, or exploring the latest luxury vintage boutique.