April 11, 2021

The Weekly Edit: Gear for Winter Weather

The Weekly Edit: Gear for Winter Weather

The low temperature in Helena on today is going to be -24.  The high is -9.  So winter has officially arrived in Big Sky Country, and she is determined to make an entrance.

There is no coat that will keep you warm enough at these temperatures. Your only hope for being able to walk to the mailbox, cross the grocery store parking lot, or take your dog outside is layering.  Here are some key pieces for frigid days.

Let’s go clockwise from the LL Bean Quarter Zip // I love this quilted sweatshirt.  First off, the stitching, quarter zip, and leather accents make it look nicer than your average sweatshirt.  This would definitely dress up a Zoom call.

The sweatshirt comes in 10 colors.  It also comes in sizes XS to XL, misses, tall, petite, and plus.

Uniqlo Heattech Ultra Warm Top and Leggings // Want a very warm base layer?  Your fellow readers were singing Heattech’s praises, so I bought a pair of leggings.  And, whoa.  So warm.

They make several Heattech pieces, but start with the leggings and the top.  If your office is really cold, their camisoles can keep you warm under your business attire.  They also make clothes for men, kids and babies.

Heat Holders Socks // Smartwool socks used to be my go-to, but these Heat Holders are noticeably warmer.  The brand also makes hats, gloves and neck warmers.

J.Crew Perfect Winter Boots // Sadly, my favorite winter boots from J.Crew are sold out in all but a handful of sizes.  I love my Sorel Caribou boots (a total classic), but the J.Crew boots are lighter and easier to wear for long periods of time.  These insulated Sherpa boots are also worth a look.  Wide feet?  Try these Pacific Mountain boots.

LL Bean Lined Canvas Cargo Pants // Carhartt’s will keep you really warm.  Almost nothing will keep you warmer.  But they’re pretty expensive if you don’t really need them.  That’s why I like these lined LL Bean Cargo Pants (also in petite).

I like that the LL Bean pants look like regular cargo pants.  They don’t look heavy or bulky.  I also like that they’re a little bit stylish and still very warm.

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