This Winter Capsule Wardrobe Will Keep You Warm and City-Sleek
With snow-covered buildings and festively decorated streets, wintertime in the city can be a wonderland. That said, if you’re anything like us, you might be trudging past skyscrapers or to the theater dressed like a marshmallow in the cold — sporting layers on puffy layers on more layers. Although we cannot deny the beauty of a snow-adorned city, you may not necessarily want to go holiday shopping so much winter clothing that you can not lift your arms. That is why Matador Network has compiled our winter capsule wardrobe of classic outfits that will keep you warm and looking city-slick this winter.
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1. Fjällräven Nuuk Parka
Your jacket can make or break a cold day, and if you aren’t into the puffy jacket scene, the Fjällräven Nuuk Parka is for you. With a durable water repellent finish, cuff closures, and interior drawcords at the waist to seal out cold, this coat is a game-changer when it comes to warmth. Two fleece-lined handwarmer pockets keep your fingers toasty and interior pockets help keep your valuables safe. A cozy jacket that looks good and feels good, the Nuuk Parka is the perfect fit for any winter day out in the city.
Price: From $500.00
2. Cotopaxi Coso 2L Hip Pack
The Cotopaxi 2L Hip Pack is ideal for the city or mountains. Made from 100% recycled nylon, the no-hands convenience of this hip-pack makes it more than easy to access your essentials — whether it’s your phone or gloves. Wear it around your hip or torso, this pack looks great no matter where you are.
3. Baffin Northern Boot
Don’t forget about your toes when dressing for the city in winter. Snow-lined sidewalks and blistering winds don’t just affect your upper body — they can leave your feet cold and wet. And cold and wet feet can ruin your entire day. That’s why we’re in love with the Baffin Northern Boot. A stylish booth built for comfort, the Northern Boot is crafted from waterproof and slip-resistant materials that are perfect for wet and cold city streets.
4. Royal Robbins Ventour Sweater
We all love a big cozy sweater, but the truth is, they aren’t necessarily the best when layering for a blistering cold day in the city. The Royal Robbin’s Ventour Sweater is a versatile merino blend sweater that provides both warmth and helps regulate temperature. Open stitching in high heat areas means you’ll stay warm without overheating, and help prevent that dreaded feeling of a cold wind on sweat.
Price: From $85.00
5. Nite Ize RunOff 3-1-1 Waterproof Pouch
If you don’t get wet during a winter storm, you are one of the lucky ones. If your phone doesn’t get wet, you’re even luckier. That’s why we’re recommending the Nite Ize Waterproof Pouch. The waterproof material keeps your valuables dry when that unexpected snowstorm hits, the translucent front makes digging for keys a thing of the past, and integrated anchor points allow for easy attachment. Do yourself, and your phone, a favor — make a waterproof pouch an essential for winter exploration.
6. Forsake Lucie Mid Waterproof Shoes
Stylish, waterproof, breathable — the Forsake Lucie Mid is the classic city winter boot we all want. The premium full-grain leather and memory foam footbed keep this boot stylish and comfortable. The anti-odor mesh lining means you can wear this on the trails and then into your favorite restaurant in the city. Short and simple — this is a durable boot that was designed to go anywhere.
7. Orvis Quilted Snap Sweatshirt
We’re in love with the Outdoor Quilted Snap Sweatshirt. Why? Because not only does the pure quilted cotton feel extra comfy when walking between skyscrapers, but the polyester fill and snap-up neckline keeps cold out and the warmth in. Thin enough to layer under a jacket and vent, and warm enough to keep the city winter at bay, the Orvis Quilted Snap Sweatshirt is one of our favorites for exploring any urban center during the holidays.
Price: From $98.00
8. Duer No Sweat Pant
If you’re not a jean fan, then you might fall for the Duer No Sweat Pants. While they look like a pant, Duer’s signature blended fabric feels soft like your favorite pair of sweats. Great for all activities — these will keep you warm between shops in the city and provide enough stretch to keep you comfortable when hitting the trails (or pub after holiday shopping).
9. Klean Kanteen Insulated Classic 20oz With Loop Cap
Warmth doesn’t just come from the outside, it can come from the inside too! That’s why we’re including the Klean Kanteen Insulated Classic 20oz bottle. There’s nothing better than sipping on hot coffee or tea when you’re exploring a city decorated with holiday lights and ornaments, and this Klean Kanteen bottle keeps drinks hot for 24 hours. This sleek design moves away from larger, clunkier bottles, and is sure to fit in with your winter city adventures. They also sell these adorable Kid Classic Water Bottles.
10. Indyeva Borallo Puffy Jacket
Who doesn’t love a long and cozy puffy jacket? The Indyeva Borallo provides 600FP, RDS certified down and laminated fabric for extra protection from any snow that might come your way. A minimalist design with a microfleece lining and side openings with snaps makes this jacket perfect for city winters without giving you the marshmallow effect. Sleek, stylish, and extra warm, this down blend coat is perfect for holiday shopping, hot cocoa drinking, and everything in-between.
11. Patagonia Capilene Air Base Layer Bottoms
Pants on pants may not be your first thought, but hear us out. Even when wet, the Patagonia Capilene Air Bottoms continue to insulate. Even better, they dry quickly and resist odors. Slide them on under a pair of pants to keep you extra warm — and no one will ever know. Soft and light, the merino wool blended with recycled polyester gives warm, moisture-wicking durability that will keep you cozy in any temperature.
12. Fjällräven Kånken Pack
The Fjällräven Kånken Pack is our go-to for city exploration. The water repellent finish deflects light rain and snow, and the classic, minimalist style means it fits right in with any city’s vibe. The spacious main compartment is perfect for extra layers, and two side pockets can fit slim water bottles to keep you hydrated. One of our favorite parts — it comes with a removable seat pad, so even when there’s snow on a city park bench, you’ll always have a place to sit.
13. Costa Del Mar Polarized Sunglasses
Have you ever heard of snow blindness? The reflection of the sun on snow can be so bright that long exposure can essentially sunburn your eyes — leaking pain and discomfort. Though these won’t do too much for warmth, the Costa Del Mar Polarized Sunglasses are scratch-resistant and polarized which decreases eye strain. They offer 100% protection from UV light, meaning that the beautiful snow streets you explore won’t hurt your eyes, and you’ll be able to enjoy every Christmas shop and market you come across.