foundations: the 10 best winter essentials under $200

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having recently survived the onslaught of Bomb Cyclone here on the east coast, i wanted to share some of the hardest working winter essentials in my wardrobe.

winterwear of years past used to be clunky, heavy, and oh-so-unstylish. but thanks to the tech advances of new fabrics and diversification of price points in the last decade or so, i think we're at a sweet spot right now for stylish winter pieces.

these are my picks to get you through every winter in warm and cozy fashion:

1. a minimalist down coat // a down coat in luxuriously fluffy 80/20 down and feathers is the perfect winter topper. the minimalist styling means you can easily swing this day-to-night.
2. the best oversized wool scarf // over the years, i've found that nothing quite keeps the windchill out like this one. this classic will take you through the big chill, year after year.
3. ugg shearling boots // unabashedly on my list because when everything else is at subzero degrees, my feet are always toasty when i'm wearing these. (tip: the black or grey versions are the easiest to style.)
4. sorel rugged snow boots // still the best for trekking fearlessly through sidewalk slush lakes and navigating icy steps.
5. leather smart gloves // i gifted these to everyone on my list this Christmas. i love that the design doesn't scream 'i'm a tech product!' and nothing beats a cashmere-lined glove.
6. ultralight down vests // i have a few of these in different neutral colors and they're always on rotation year-round. during the winter, they're fantastic as a light but warm layer under more tailored blazers, jackets, and topcoats.
7. thermal leggings // long johns reinvented. minimalist, functional, essential.
8. thermal foundation garments // see above.
9. classic cashmere knits // nothing beats a cashmere pullover for throwing over your base layers. they're pricier than other natural knits, but the silky light weight + maximum warmth combo is worth it.
10. a chunky, oversized cardigan aka 'sweater coat' // i love its cozy, Sunday-morning-coffee-and-Times vibe . bonus: it's also a super chic + seasonless classic for travel!

what have you been living in this winter?


  1. Nice list! This winter, I've been in a lot of heat tech scoop neck tees, merino sweaters and jeans. Luckily the weather has been fairly mild in the PNW, so my wool coats are serving me well. My raincoat is seeing quite a bit of action, too.

  2. Fabulous list! I have been living in my grey cashmere pullover (picked up in Nepal), jeans, Uniqlo heat-tech tees and Carven coat. Hong Kong has been a bit chilly but nothing to quite justify buying more winter gear :) It's a shame -- that Everlane sweater and those gloves look amazing!


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