For some of us, the current weather (according to weather.com) is "Wintry Mix", but we think it's more like "Inside A Slushie Machine". Our walk home yesterday left us digging inches of snow off our knit hats, hanging our soaked-through mittens by our radiators to drip dry, and bemoaning the state of our wool coats. No more, we say. Next time, we'll be prepared with waterproof, snowproof, lame-proof blizzard gear that looks good enough for your commute, but can withstand the impromptu snowball fight or sledding sesh. Here are some picks that'll keep you toasty from door to door.
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Tray 6 Umbrella, $48.99, available at Amazon—With a high-quality fiberglass frame, this umbrella won't snap under snow buildup or buckle under high winds.
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Coal Lewis Red Pom Beanie, $29.99, available at Zumiez—There's really no such thing as a waterproof beanie, but the second best we can offer is one with heavy duty lining, like this pom-pom one from Coal.
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Patagonia Women's Tres Parka, $572.54, available at Patagonia—When you're frolicking in the snow, the last thing you want to worry about is your fur hood getting wet, or snow creeping in around your waist or neck. This parka provides proper coverage without making you look like the Michelin man.
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Jeffrey Campbell Ducky Boot, $165, available at KarmaLoop—Duck boots have a tendency to make people look like...well, ducks, but these slim-fit, high-top boot from Jeffrey Campbell almost passes as a real shoe.
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J.Lindeberg Fleece Ski Pants, $795.31, available at Harrods—These pants may be $$, but for serious snowballers who want a pair of waterproof pants to also take to the slopes, these are an awesome option.
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Tory Burch Quilted Nylon Hobo, $350, available at Nordstrom—A bag that doesn't crack from the cold or get soaked from the snow is hard to come by. A zip closure and malleable, synthetic fibers are key.
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Dakine Cross Black Glove, $24.99, available at Zumiez—Don't be that girl caught in a snowball fight with the frozen fingers.These gloves have a subtle Tron-like pattern, and have got a watershield shell fabric.