This story was originally published on December 21, 2014. Our noses are redder than a Louboutin sole, and we haven't felt our toes since October. Yep, it’s cold here in NYC. But, in Wisconsin, for example (where this editor's mother lives), it's even worse. (Meanwhile, his brother in L.A. thinks his 65-degree day is nippy.) Winter weather may be complicated, but our solutions to tackling the cold aren't: Wear. Warmer. Clothes. You already own a jacket, but is it actually the right one for your region? What about footwear? If you feel an ounce of chill, you’re doing something wrong. This guide will help determine just how to dress for the cold where you live — whether that’s the south, southwest, northwest, midwest, or northeast. To take it one step further, we turned to Intellicast and highlighted the record high and low temps for December in major cities in each region (some may surprise you), just to give you a sense of why these items will work. We're one step ahead of you, Mother Nature.
Midwest Record High, Chicago: 69 degrees, 1982 Record Low, Chicago: -20 degrees, 1983 It's freezing in the midwest. If you live there, you're well aware of this fact. Just last month, highs in the Twin Cities were below 32 degrees Fahrenheit from November 10 through November 20. It just spirals downward from there. As a result, layers, layers, and more layers are crucial to surviving until, well, May.
You need a parka. Don't argue with us.
Oversized Long Parka, $49.90, available at
A fingerless pair is ideal for driving.
Cashmere Arm Warmers, $74, available at
A functional boot that also looks cool is perfect for stomping through the snow, straight into your cube.
Birdy, $50, available at
The Northeast Record High, NYC: 70 degrees, 1982 Record Low, NYC: 0 degrees, 1989 This is what we call "the unexpected" region. One day, Buffalo gets roughly 76 inches of snow. The next, it's 50 degrees and sunny in NYC. So, proper preparation is key. Invest in products that do double duty: sneakers you can wear on a "normal" day but also happen to be waterproof, and light jackets that are loose enough to pile over three sweaters if needed.
This sweater is as fuzzy as your favorite blanket.
Intarsia Wool-blend Sweater, $795, available at
This pom-pom beanie works outdoors
indoors, for all those snowy casual Fridays.
Floppy Cable-Knit Beanie, $29.99, available at
Are they sneakers? Are they snow boots? They're both, and they're awesome.
Roche Sneakerboot, $74.97, available at
The Northwest Record High, Seattle:
65 degrees, 1980
Record Low, Seattle:
12 degrees, 1983
Sure, you could get snow-slammed in the Northwest (remember Oregon's record
in 1983?), but in many areas from Eureka to Seattle,
rain and more rain is coming
your way through January, making water-repellent gear the most important part of your wardrobe.
You vs. rainstorm.
Sutterheim x Garance Doré
Rain Coat, $340, available at
Keep your layering essentials stored in a waterproof bag.
Herschel Supply Co.
Translucent Black Backpack,
$73.50, available at
Alex and Alexa.
Invest in a quality pair of multi-functional rain boots that will last you for years.
Women’s Original Short Rain Boots, $140, available at
The South Record High, Charleston:
81 degrees, 1998
Record Low, Charleston:
14 degrees, 1962
It certainly depends where you live, but the South tends to be warmer than many regions.
Snowfall can happen
(in that case, everything will probably be closed and you won't have to leave your house anyway), but much of the winter will be mild. A chunky sweater is your winter staple.
A wide-brim hat has many purposes: It adds extra warmth and combats the sun, all while tying together a look.
Savoy Wide-brim Wool Fedora, $225, available at
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The ideal foundation dress. You can layer it with tights and a sweater, or not.
Kramer Dress, $135, available at
Wear these with or without socks — for a weekend of exploring.
Warren Flannel Sneaker, $225, available at
The Southwest Record High, L.A.:
92 degrees, 1938
Record Low, L.A.:
24 degrees, 1944
While above-average precipitation is predicted across the Southwest this year,
is also predicted to intensify in parts of California and Nevada. So, rain jackets
be key, but could prove unnecessary. Overall, it tends to veer warm in this area of the country, so lighter layers suffice.
Sometimes, a tee is all you really need.
Rocker Garment Dyed Distressed T-shirt, $28, available at
Flowy culottes give just the right amount of coverage.
Knit Palazzo Trousers, $49.90, available at
Throw this on for cooler evenings.
Good Life Boyfriend Sweatshirt, $124.44, available at