Winning Winter

winterI can easily say that of the three years I have studied in Chicago, this year proves to hold the most brutal winter. In addition to the subzero temperatures, I no longer have the luxury of walking only a couple of minutes to the Fullerton train station. Now, I walk fifteen minutes in the frigid cold and I had no choice but to upgrade my winter wardrobe. Here are my go-to winter essentials I utilize on a daily basis. 

Tommy Hilfiger Long Snorkel Coat

If you saw me in the prior two years during temperatures below fifty degrees you would have seen me wearing a Loras college jacket. I learned the hard way that a bomber jacket stands no chance against the Chicago winter and I looked to a parka for warmth. This Tommy Hilfiger parka is literally my lifesaver for the commute to classes.

Uniqlo Heattech Extra Warm Tights

With my torso and arms not feeling a slightest of breeze, my legs on the other hand still suffered. Jeans just would not cut it and I found myself with numb legs after every excursion outside. The answer was quite simple: just put on another layer underneath. That is why these skin-tight and cozy long johns are a game changer and like the parka, are the first of its kind I have ever owned.

Timberland Nelson Chukka Boots

I learned quickly freshman year that if you don’t own waterproof boots, you’d come back to your dorm with wet and cold feet. I chose these particular boots because they’re waterproof, but also a lower cut and feature black nubuck, thus making them adaptable to casual and formal outfits. I used to wear my gym shoes to the gym, but I nearly ruined the pair with all the salt on the sidewalk and stepping in dirty snow.

Timberland Solid Watch Cap

This is simply a black beanie to match the black boots. As much as I hate what a hat does to my hair, my ears will always thank me for wearing one. 

Polo Ralph Lauren Quilted Field Gloves

Wearing gloves was something I’d only do when playing in the snow or shoveling the driveway. I have never been a person to wear gloves casually, but once again, these Chicago winters will change a man. These gloves are like a jacket for your hands. Fleece interior lining, leather palms, and nylon for the back, I am not afraid to wear these for an interview or just to class.

There are obviously plenty of other things to consider for dressing in the winter like thick socks for your boots, a warm inner layer like a crewneck sweatshirt, or a thick pair of jeans, but these are the everyday staples of my wardrobe. Despite the fact I am, for the first time in my life, properly equipped for winter temperatures, I still cannot help but look forward to summer and laying on the beach once again.