(Closed) Tips needed on how to build a winter wardrobe

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Post # 2
9519 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Where do you live? A west coast winter is different than midwest and very different than east coast. It varies

Post # 4
463 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

The south doesn’t really get a “winter” in my opinion…but expect cooler temps. Jacket,Pants, long sleeved shirts and closed toe shoes is about it. You won’t even need any snow gear or heavy duty coats. Winters may be 50-60 degrees? Which are fall/spring temps for most of the rest of the country . Maybe nights are chilly but no snow unless it’s super random…

Post # 5
1303 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Hawksnest Cove Beach St John USVI

I moved from the Midwest to the south so the temperatures here aren’t as cold as I’m used to, but I will say you eventually get more used to it. I never wear a real winter jacket down here, but I love fleece jackets and leggings. I don’t have real winter boots anymore (not really needed unless where you are there’s a lot of snow /ice. Regular boots tend to keep me warm enough. 

If you do want to wear layers flannel shirts in plain colors work great, and so do tights in different colors. I also have a lot of sweaters that are made to go over other clothes. I pretty much keep my summer wardrobe and just add a layer over or under them. 

Post # 6
556 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: City, State

I live in Connecticut, and our winters get pretty brutal. I just layer. I give 0 fucks about what people think about my style of dress. I will 100% wear that nice summer blouse in the middle of winter. I’ll pair it with a nice cardi and a coat over top. Really there isn’t anything special about building a winter wardrobe. You’ll still wear the same jeans you do in spring, summer, and autumn, just maybe wear tights or leggings under if you know you’re going to be out in the cold for a long time. And thats in the colder part of the continental US. Depending on where in the “south” you are, depends on what to wear. For instance, if you’re living in Las Vegas or LA, you won’t need really much at all. If you’re living in Georgia or the south-eastern states, you might need some warmer clothes as it can get pretty chilly on the south-east.

Post # 7
524 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I live in North Carolina. I recommend lots of leggings. I pair them with summer dresses right now but for winter I have long sweaters/warmer dresses. Also a good pea coat is all I need for our winters. And a pair of gloves, a scarf. 

Post # 8
11375 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

Well, actually in LA it does get cold at night and most people have a puffer type down jacket and I even see hats and gloves. That is if you’re going to be out for a while. The desert gets cold at night. 

in the SE, it’s not cold cold, but it’s wet cold, which can get to you if you’re out in it for long. It also takes your body a few years to adjust, so I’d get a good wool lined fleece or lighter but warm jacket, hat and warmer socks. 

Post # 9
2990 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I live in California, which isn’t too different from the South in terms of winters. This is a tough question because we don’t know how you’ll handle cold. Some women have hardy constitutions and don’t think cold is a big deal. People joke that I’m like a Victorian romance novel heroine because I get cold and sick easily. 

I do administrative work in various social work offices so our standard of dress is a little more casual than a normal office so we don’t alienate our clients. I wear long-sleeved tees (UNIQLO makes my favorites), lightweight quilted jackets with a tailored shape (GAP makes my favorites), and scarves (from all over… most of mine were Christmas presents). I also have a couple of oversized sweaters that I layer over a tank top for warmer/sunnier/less windy winter days, and I usually pair them with a knit hat (from all over). I wear leggings or dark-wash jeans underneath (UNIQLO ultra-stretch jeans are my favorite… thinking about trying their “smart shape” now that a more straight leg is in) and boots! I have a pair of Arcopedico’s L8 booties that I swear by on dry days… So comfy and versatile! On colder days, I wear this awesome pair of slouch boots (sadly discontinued or I’d give you the brand) with UNIQLO heattech socks (I can’t stand bulky wool socks)! I’m thinking about investing in a pair of rain boots for El Niño, but I haven’t found any I like yet. 

On the weekends, I pretty much live in glorified loungewear… sweatshirts and/or fleece jackets (most of these come from college bookstores), solid-colored tees or the occasional anime tee shirt (from UNIQLO and various shops in Japantown), leggings and/or other soft pants (from UNIQLO mostly), and UGGS or various slippers with hard soles that can be worn outdoors. 

For bedtime, definitely invest in some nice sleepwear… homes in warmer climates tend to be poorly insulated, so winters can feel slighly harsher than they actually are at night. I also like robes (my favorite was a fluffy blanket robe from Costco!)

Post # 10
448 posts
Helper bee

As a Midwesterner who’s now living in New England but did a year in Virginia, I am experienced at winter, lol. Even in the southern U.S. you’ll probably need gloves, hats, and scarves. You’ll spend a lot of time in them so it’s worth investing in good ones that you actually like. Don’t necessarily go for heavy-duty snowboots, but look for a sturdy all-around boot that is waterproof and has good treads. Freezing rain is no joke and that was the bigger issue in Virginia, where there was virtually no snow accumulation.

Another very annoying problem in winters is that buildings tend to be way overheated. So you need heavy outerwear, for outside, but you need to be able to shed layers in case your building is heated to 80. I work in a more casual environment but I’ll wear either a short or long-sleeved shirt under a sweater, under my coat. Many days I end up just wearing the first layer inside, but lined cardigans and heavy blazers are your friends. I love sweater tights and legwarmers for underneath skirts, and on very cold days I wear leggings or long-johns under my pants.

If you find yourself not tolerating the cold well at night, I also recommend flannel sheets or an electric blanket!

Post # 11
899 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

You won’t be moving to a very cold part at all. 

Leggings, warm fuzzy socks, scarves, a thick sweater, and cute hat (for the wind) should do. 

Post # 12
103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

drink vitamin,,, 

warm socks, sweater… etc

Post # 13
664 posts
Busy bee

I wear this 8 months out of the year: de feet wooley booley or smart wool socks, waterproof dress boots (a lot of companies are making waterproof dress boots with traction soles and sealed seams), leggings, long sleeved dress/long shirt and an infinity scarf. I find dress slacks to be too breezy with dress shoes and the pants soak rain and snow and ice, which then transfers to my shoes and my feet get cold. Depending on the day, I’ll layer with a base layer tank underneath (check out icebreaker if you can wear merino wool) the dress and a wool or fleece jacket on top (I have an awesome Patagonia fleece jacket that looks like a dress coat). To go outside, I’ll add my wool peacoat. Also, I really like lululemon for winter accessories because they think of the little things like their hats have a slit for your pony tail. Best advice I got: start with the necessities then purchase items as needed/wanted. 

Post # 14
894 posts
Busy bee

Winter staples to me include a good neutral black coat, a stand-out coat (maybe pop of color or fancy), black boots, an elegant sweater that can be layered with vests or alone, a knit dress, and scarves.

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