The Cold-Weather Dressing Tips Your Mom Got Right

Moms have a way of stuffing tips and tricks up their sleeves. But there are a few in particular — daily reminders about grabbing a jacket or keeping your elbows off the table — that trigger the most eye rolls. We've all heard those universal mom-isms, and while the constant gentle reprimands may have felt like a nuisance when our "cool" friends were in earshot, the older we get, the happier we are that a few of those tips managed to stick.

A few freezing winters later, we’re begrudgingly thanking our mothers for enforcing small lessons of common sense when it comes to getting dressed. We're looking to Mom's old suggestions this season — and giving them a modern upgrade. (Feel free to insert a healthy dose of leftover teen rebellion by making stylish swaps.) Ahead are the best tips we learned — and finally adopted — for making getting dressed in the cold work. Thanks, Mom.
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Never far behind a reminder to grab a jacket came the gentle reprimand to wear a hat. Keep your noggin warm and your mom's sanity at ease by topping your favorite cozy look with a knit cap. With so many cute beanie options, we're finding it easy to remember this tip on our own.

Rag & Bone Pilot Mini Two-Tone Leather Backpack, $625, available at Saks Fifth Avenue; Claudia Schiffer For TSE Knit Sweater Dress, $650, available at Stylebop; & Other Stories Knit Beanie, $39, available at & Other Stories; Won Hundred Velcro, $295, available at Won Hundred; Mo&Co. Woolen Belled Trousers, $175, available at Mo&Co.
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Undershirts have been overlooked ever since the day we purchased our first training bra. And while we may have upgraded our undergarments, this underestimated layering piece is in dire need of a closet reappearance. Swap the plain-white tees you would throw on daily with a top that features a bold color or an out-of-the-box silhouette (see: turtleneck) to pair beneath your blouses and sweaters. Here, we've set up a blue, sparkly mock neck with a sleeveless sweater to let the return of the undershirt shine.

SEA Washed Indigo Boyfriend Jean, $250, available at Moda Operandi; Jigsaw Rib Sleeveless Sweater, $95, available at Jigsaw; Stuart Weitzman Ankle Boots, $560 $448, available at Shoescribe; T By Alexander Wang Water Repellent Hooded Jacket; $895.07 $537.04, available at Farfetch; H&M Glittery Top, $34.99, available at H&M.
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​Swapping out tights that lack coverage for comfy leggings is a time-honored mom hack. She would also approve of this dress and coat combo, designed to keep you super-warm without looking too bundled up.
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Double up on socks — your bundled toes will thank you later. When you have a thin shoe lining, throwing on two socks can make even the coldest of feet feel warm (and bonus points for wearing an outer chunky sock that can act as extra padding in a set of heeled booties). Why not let a striped or patterned pair peek out from underneath a knit set?

Marni Coat, $3270, available at TheCorner.com; Whistles Longline Funnel Neck Dress, $230, available at Whistles; J.Crew Marled Camp Sock, $16.50, available at J.Crew; Zara Leather High Heel Ankle Boots, $159, available at Zara; Marni Colour Block Socks, $70, available at Farfetch.
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Grabbing just your chunkiest sweater may have seemed like a good idea in the face of the cold morning, but your mom knew best when she dressed you in layers. Save yourself a midday-overheating panic by throwing a thin sweater underneath a thicker one — and finish things off with your favorite coat. Building your layers will make it possible to peel them off when you finally head indoors and warm up.

Jacquemus coat; Wilfred Free Eugenia Pant, $135, available at Aritzia; H&M Studded Turtleneck Top, $49.99, available at H&M; Stella McCartney Fisherman’s Rib Cardigan, $1140 $684, available at Stella McCartney; Asos Eggshell Ankle Boots, $85.99, available at Asos.
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