First up, a light-weight down jacket. Ok, for those that live in cold places might be thinking, duh!! But I've never had one before, even when I was going to school in Utah. Everyone in NYC has these jackets and now I know why! What I love about this jacket is how versatile it is. It's super warm but not tight (like pea coats can be) so you can layer it up with more or less layers as needed and when it's time to de-layer, this coat is not bulky or heavy to carry around the city. The jacket I got is from UNIQLO and it even came with a little bag that you can stuff the coat into when you need to stash it away. I think I've probably stayed away from these types of jackets because you can quickly and easily look like the Michelin Man but this one has lines that are on a slight angle and the sections are smaller so it looks more streamlined and flattering. I got mine in black because if I'm going to wear it all the time, it's gotta go with everything!
My second essential is a cute rain/snow boot. Again, after living four years in Utah, I still could not figure out how to keep my feet dry and warm and still look cute so my toes were usually frozen on the walk to school. But not with these babies from J.Crew. These Sperry all weather boots are exactly what I was looking for. They are rubber which is good for rain and snow; they also have shearling lining, which makes them super warm; the outsole has good traction, which will help me from slipping and sliding; AND, finally, I love the look of these boots. I knew any boot I'd be wearing for the majority of the winter had to be cute or else I wouldn't wear them no matter the weather.
I'm still building my list of cold weather essentials and while both these items don't exactly come in at the lowest prices, I feel like if we're calling them essentials, its definitely worth investing in. Do you have any favorite items that have been lifesavers in the face of crazy weather? I would love to hear how you survive it. This Cali girl is going to need all the help she can get!