Freezing temps pose all sorts of sartorial challenges — not only is it damn near impossible to keep warm when it's 8° outside, but how can you expect your personal style to shine when you have to human-burrito yourself in layers of quilted puffers and blanket scarves in order to survive?
That's why we're turning to stylish women who've made the move from warmer climates to NYC — and mastered an enviable cold-weather aesthetic. From a Cali-born stylist and producer to an It model who grew up in Miami, the women ahead have kindly offered up their non-cliché winter upgrades, which run the gamut from the trendiest faux-fur outerwear to the new
Too Faced Chocolate Gold eye shadow palette that will warm up any look. Armed with the 12 picks ahead, you too can look chic in the wintertime. Now, if only we could have these babes on speed dial to always set our look straight.
Jessica Wu | @ jessicazwu Jessica Wu is a freelance stylist and producer from California, now living in New York. Her styling and production work touches independent, up-and-coming companies and designers (many of whom are friends), like The Frankie Shop, Pulp Studios, Either And, and Oht, as well as more established ones like Nike, Derek Lam, and Zaha Hadid Design. She also styles editorial features for publications such as Interview Magazine, Dew Magazine, and Models.com.
"I can't resist a good ankle boot, and this one has all the hardware I could ever want, with an amazing mix of patent, crocodile, and metal textures."
100MM Sling Ring Leather Ankle Boots,
"I love the oversized sleeves and thick, varied weaves of this sweater, and the powder-blue color is irresistible."
Blue Folded Sleeve Turtleneck,
"When it gets this cold, I love keeping warm snuggled and wrapped up under a sprawling blanket-like scarf."
The Frankie Shop
Chunky White & Grey Knit Scarf,
“For me, makeup is all about the eyes; I like lining and shadowing my eyes with intensely pigmented and rich colors. It’s the perfect accessory to my outfit, especially in winter when I tend to wear a lot of dark neutrals. I also added a subtle but effective highlighter into my basic makeup routine, and it works wonders. I love
this iridescent one around the eyes.”
Chocolate Gold Eye Shadow Palette,
Christina Andrew | @christinaea Miami-born Christina Andrew is a signed MUSE model. Aside from being one of the most sought-after faces in the industry, her off-duty hobbies of BMX riding, beauty, and skin care further set her apart in a saturated market.
"As if patent red, Cuban heels, and cowboy boots weren't enough on their own, somehow the three come together here and create the most perfect balance of form and function that a winter-esque boot has ever seen. It's perfect for breaking up the monotony of winter wear and still translates well into spring."
Callie Patent Leather Ankle Boots,
"If you've ever dreamt of wearing your coziest flannel sheet set out your front door, this buffalo-plaid wool coat is about the closest you can get."
Isabel Marant Étoile
Gino Oversized Checked Wool-Blend Coat,
"The easiest way to take an otherwise drab look to fab is to add a statement earring. The secret here is that you can find incredibly well-priced vintage, designer-consigned, and/or one-of-a-kind pieces at places like the Real Real and Etsy. I always tend to gravitate towards a hoop — gold, silver, sleek, or bamboo. I am a firm believer that there is a hoop for every occasion."
14K Tapered Hoop Earrings,
"Everyone loves a cozy striped sweater, so why not this nicely priced one that goes up to a 4x and that's modeled by a familiar face?"
Cozy Rib-Knit Plus-Size Sweater,
Michelle Salem | @ michellesalem As brand manager at Opening Ceremony, Michelle Salem is no stranger to tracking down the coolest finds on the market. She was born in California, spent her teenage years in Miami, and is currently based in New York. When she's not working, you can find her on eBay hunting for new vintage finds.
"While $100 may seem ludicrous for socks, especially for someone that loves finding Gucci thrifted, imagine these peeking out from all of the (almost too) cropped jeans you own when your ankles can no longer bear the cold. Exactly. Sold!"
Interlocking G Cotton Socks,
"Daisy is one of my favorite designers, and while most of the pieces from the brand that I own are more summer-appropriate, this long-sleeve fitted dress paired with some tights makes me feel cute and holiday-party-ready."
Satin Hook Dress,
"When it's too cold to worry about wearing anything other than a sweatshirt (or two) and jeans, I plan to use these sparkly heart earrings to spruce up the look."
Crystal Heart Earrings With Pearl Clip,
"My most recent purchase! I’m a sucker for anything plaid and colorful, and this winter, I'll be bundling up in faux fur over real fur."
Esprit by Opening Ceremony
Faux Fur Plaid Coat,