Last year was a cold winter, but this year could be even colder, if you have faith in folk wisdom. The Old Farmer’s Almanac is calling the arctic chill that they claim is getting ready to sweep over us “refriger-nation.” Don’t just stand there with your teeth chattering. Gear up and prepare ahead of time–and believe us, it’s time. With Bean boots sold out in almost every size and color, there’s a serious run on winter gear going on right now. But fear not, we’ve got you covered from hat to foot and everything in between (including your kids).
Step One: Procure the warmest jacket that you can afford.
Are you ready to upgrade from your reliable Brooklyn Industries down coat? No? Then skip ahead to Step Two. Yes? Then take a deep breath, and get ready to shell out some serious cash for an investment that will hold you through to the next ice age. Canada Goose will help you embrace winter with some of the warmest jackets on the market. The Women’s Victoria Parka ($695) has a slim silhouette so you won’t look like a trash bag, and is filled with 625 white duck down, and a removable coyote fur ruff. For men, there’s the Chateau Jacket ($745), which is heavy duty enough for snowshoeing, but light enough for city walking. If you aren’t down with down, there’s other options. Bushwick’s own Cadet designs and manufactures this classic 100% wool timeless Navy Peacoat ($898) right in Brooklyn. Or, if you need a warm coat that is budget priced, head to Uniqlo, where you can find all manner of puffers from $100 and under–especially if you time your purchase to a sale.
Step Two: Protect the dome.
Everyone knows that we lose heat through our heads. But an old, pilling, second-hand scully can really bring down a look. Daytime beanies get an update with the unisex Beaker Pom Pom Beanie ($66). The acrylic hat will stay snug on your head, and the fox fur pom pom gives it pizazz. For something a little more timeless, guys can instead choose the very warm wool Boot Camp Hat ($28). Weekends call for hair up in a baseball cap, and one made of rabbit fur felt will do the trick even in an ice storm. The Valentine Cap by Brookes Boswell ($130) is handmade in Brooklyn comes in an array of colors (but my bet is on burgundy). For nighttime, it’s all about a sophisticated Cashmere Turban ($120) from In God We Trust that you’ll want to keep on your head until daybreak. Very Joan Collins ski vacation.
Step Three: Cover the extremities.
Exposed skin needs to be eliminated. Fingers, toes, ankles and necks should be swathed in fabric, and not exposed until spring. “But how will I use my iPhone?” whines everyone not wearing gloves. These Echo Leather and Knit Long Gloves ($115) give you ultimate protection and the leather is infused with aloe so they moisturize your hands while you wear them. Plus, due to high-tech fabric, they actually work with a touchscreen. Otherwise, these cozy Demylee Cashmere Arm Warmers ($90) warm you up while keeping your fingers available for tapping. Necks often bear the brunt of windtunnel chap, but this woolen Cadet Scarf ($78) will keep your skin under wraps. And finally, when the polar vortex has gotten you so down that you can’t get your feet out of bed, get an S.A.D. sunlamp and dream of warm weather with these incredible Rabbit Fur Leather Espadrilles. ($275)
Step Four: Don’t forget the kids.
Now that you’re all bundled and ready to go, don’t forget to protect your little ones. You’ve got their scarf and gloves, but do you have the balaclava? The Noé and Zoë Ski Mask ($48) is essential this winter and can be worn over the head or brought down as a neck warmer. This one is lined with fleece and is reversible to hide any hot chocolate stains.
Where to Shop:
Bird, 220 Smith Street, Cobble Hill, 718-797-3774; 316 Fifth Avenue, Park Slope, 718-768-4940; 203 Grand Street, Williamsburg, 718-388-1655
Brookes Boswell, online at Strolby, www.strolby.com
Cadet, 46 N. 6th Street, Williamsburg, 718-715-1695
In God We Trust, 70 Greenpoint Ave, Greenpoint, 718-389-3545
Rime, 157 Smith Street, Cobble Hill, 718-797-0675
Sweet William, 324 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg, 718-218-6946