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Everything you need to survive winter in NYC

Stay warm and cozy in the season of slush puddles, freezing rain and dry winds with these must-have cold weather supplies

By Annalise Mantz

Winter turns New York City into a wonderland of activities, what with all the holiday markets, ice-skating and Christmas in New York festivities. The weather isn’t always so fun, though. Gale-force winds, ice-cold blizzards, drenching rains and grimy slush puddles are all par for the course from December through March. All you can do is prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Outfit yourself with this list of everything you need to survive winter in NYC, including waterproof boots, home goods and all kinds of warm clothing. Hey, if all else fails, you can seek refuge in all the best places to be cozy this winter and wait for spring to come.

Everything you need to survive winter in NYC

L.L. Bean Boots
Photograph: Courtesy L.L. Bean

Slush-proof boots

Keep your toes toasty warm through blizzards and freezing rain with these waterproof, insulated boots for both men and women. You’ll be glad you bought them when you have to brave gigantic slush puddles on your walk to work.

L.L. Bean Boots, $149 on

Nordstrom Leather Tech Gloves
Photograph: Courtesy Nordstrom

Texting gloves

Don’t sacrifice your fingers to frostbite every time you want to text, call or Instagram in the winter. Just pull on these fleece-lined, touchscreen-compatible leather gloves and type away.

Nordstrom Leather Tech Gloves, $89.50 on

ASOS Bright Red Beanie With Faux Fur Pom Pom
Photograph: Courtesy ASOS

A pop of color

Brighten up the dreary winter days with a statement hat, like this fire-engine red beanie topped off with a fluffy pom-pom.

ASOS Bright Red Beanie With Faux Fur Pom Pom, $19 on

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Lotion
Photograph: Courtesy Nordstrom

The ultimate skin saver

In the winter, your skin care mantra should be “moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.” No matter your skin type, Kiehl’s gentle lotion will help you hydrate during the driest months of the year.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Lotion, $27.50 on

J.Crew Tissue Turtleneck Tee
Photograph: Courtesy J.Crew

Lightweight layers

Unless you’re going to be out in the cold all day, you’re going to want to shed some layers once you walk inside a heated—let’s be honest, overheated—building. Start with a lightweight longsleeve tee, then add as many sweaters, scarves and coats as you need to stay warm.

J.Crew Tissue Turtleneck Tee, $29.50 on

Yeti Rambler Tumbler
Photograph: Courtesy Amazon

A hardcore thermos

Keep your coffee, tea or spiked cider (we won’t judge) piping hot even in the most frigid conditions with this insulated stainless steel tumbler.

YETI Rambler Insulated Stainless Steel Bottle With Cap, $29.99 on

J.Crew Chateau Parka
Photograph: Courtesy J.Crew

The ultimate parka

A thick wool coat in a neutral color works with any outfit, occasion and weather forecast.

Chateau Parka, $398 on

Sam Edelman Tinsley Rubber Ankle Boots
Photograph: Courtesy Lord and Taylor

Undercover rain boots

Don’t let the matte texture fool you: These ankle boots are made out of waterproof rubber. They’re perfect for rainy days, but stylish enough to wear around the office.

Sam Edelman Tinsley Rubber Ankle Boots, $55 on

Twin Draft Guard
Photograph: Courtesy Amazon

Draft guards

Keep your apartment snug and warm with these handy draft guards that block out the winter chill. The foam cylinder fits in any space—even warped or cracked windowsills. 

Twin Draft Guards, $14.99 on

Uniqlo HEATTECH Tights
Photograph: Courtesy Uniqlo

The warmest black tights

We don’t know what kind of magic the designers at Uniqlo worked to make these regular black tights so warm, but hey, we’re not complaining. Your legs will stay toasty even when the temperature dips below freezing.

Uniqlo HEATTECH Tights, $9.90 on

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Need to warm up with a hot drink?

Hot Chocolate at the Gander
Photograph: Filip Wolak

The best hot chocolate in NYC


There’s no better way to combat the cold than with toasty mugs of hot chocolate at some of the best coffee shops and restaurants in the city


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