Dressing for Cold Weather: 5 Must Haves

Happy New Year everyone! I know this has most likely been said a million times BUT where did 2016 go?? The years just fly by quicker and quicker ever since I graduated college. I can’t be the only one who feels that way right? However, I am so excited for the new year! I can’t wait to see what 2017 brings. I have so many plans in my mind for what I want to happen but as they say, we plan and God laughs.

5 Winter Weather Must Haves // The Krystal Diaries

Anyway,  I know one thing 2017 has brought already and that’s freezing cold weather to New York. Winters can be brutal here – freezing cold temps, snow storms, extreme wind, and ice everywhere. I always question those who say winter is their favorite season because it is for sure my least favorite. Even though I have no love for winter, I do love good winter fashion pieces. Winter fashion has to pull triple duty – be cute, practical, and keep me warm.

5 Winter Weather Must Haves // The Krystal Diaries

1. Simple Black Beanie

While I do love most beanies, a black one is usually my go to. It’s probably the New Yorker in me but black goes with everything. When in doubt, throw on black. I never have to worry about a black beanie clashing with anything I’m wearing.

2. Tech Gloves

I received these Echo tech gloves for Christmas and they are the perfect winter accessory. Unfortunately, they are sold out now but I’ve linked some similar ones below. They keep my hands nice and warm but I don’t have to take them off to snap pictures or check on Instagram.

3. Snow Boots

I need snow boots that can blend into the rest of my outfit. Most snow boots scream “Hey look at me I’m snow boots!” and while they may be popular, they don’t really work for me. Tundra boots work perfectly for me because one – they are black, two they blend in the most snow boots possibly can so I don’t have to change out of them when I get to the office. I own the Tundra Ruth pair for about 5 years now and they are my favorite pair I’ve ever owned.

4. Winter Coat with a Hood

When the wind really picks up here, sometimes a hat alone just won’t cut it. I need a coat with a fuzzy hood attached to it. L.L. Bean coats are one of my favorite because they are warm and not bulky. I don’t feel like the little brother in A Christmas Story. I own this one and it has an inside pocket and the outside pockets zip closed – such a convenience!

5. Cute Fuzzy PJs

Who doesn’t love cute fuzzy pajama sets? I always feel like the cold seeps into my bones so even inside my house, I usually still feel cold. Since I can’t just raise the heat all the way up to 90 because I don’t want to pay a high oil bill adult problems, I settle for fuzzy pajama sets with cute matching socks or slippers.

5 Winter Weather Must Haves // The Krystal Diaries


What are your winter must-haves?

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  • Reply Smear

    I’m all for the cute fuzzy pajamas!

    January 2, 2017 at 10:08 AM
  • Reply Kindly Unspoken

    Great list! A good pair of gloves has been a must for me lately with the cold weather. Happy New Year!

    January 2, 2017 at 10:37 AM
  • Reply Allie Barke

    Totally agree that tech gloves and a hooded coat are must haves. I’ve also found that scarves really help.


    January 2, 2017 at 11:53 AM
  • Reply goodenufmommy

    I I really need to get myself some tech gloves! I have yet to find a pair I really love!

    January 2, 2017 at 11:57 AM
  • Reply dalalyagoubi

    Great list, my winter must have is definitely a chunky knit sweater <3

    January 2, 2017 at 12:04 PM
  • Reply Meghan

    Tech gloves are seriously a game changer! I cannot live without mine!

    Meghan |

    January 2, 2017 at 11:30 PM
  • Reply Nikki (@nikki_laidler)

    Great list, so basic but perfect for the cold weather. Great photos too! I love your blog – I’m following along! 🙂 Nikki x

    January 3, 2017 at 6:05 AM
    • Reply Krystal

      That’s so nice of you! Thanks for following 🙂

      January 3, 2017 at 2:25 PM
  • Reply Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog.

    This is definitely a helpful post for me because I just moved to eastern TN from California so I’m still learning how to live in a cold state! It’s freezing! I came back from winter holidays with a bunch of new winter gear!

    January 3, 2017 at 6:15 AM
  • Reply Amber

    I’m in Texas so it doesn’t get overly cold here thank goodness. But I do love some fuzzy pajamas.

    January 3, 2017 at 8:19 AM
  • Reply Jessica

    I definitely agree with your picks! x

    Jessica — NinetyCo 

    January 3, 2017 at 1:00 PM
  • Reply eamj1103

    Fuzzy pjs are definitely a must have! Love that they are practical AND fashionable. That’s the best kind of clothing!

    January 3, 2017 at 1:45 PM
  • Reply Rose

    Definitely! It funny after I moved from snow to minimal snow you can’t find the same warmth in the winter gear. I do however have a coat with a hood and several hats! Techy glove are also a fun item I have but lack in the snow boot department. My fuzz pajamas however are used all year round as I do like to stay warm.

    January 3, 2017 at 1:55 PM
  • Reply Beth Shankle Anderson

    Wow! I live in Florida so I don’t have to worry as much about these winter items as folks up north, but I have plenty of friends that do. Bundle up!!

    Beth ||

    January 3, 2017 at 4:22 PM
  • Reply jadoreledecor

    I’m totally with you on numbers 4 & 5. Working in downtown Chicago in the winter is brutal. You NEED a hood to shield you from that “hawk” while your hanging on light poles trying not to get swept away by it. And yes, fuzzy pjs are def. required.

    January 3, 2017 at 6:15 PM
  • Reply Briana Marie

    I don’t have any snow boots or fuzzy PJs. I’m pretty sure the winter will pass before I get around to buying either of those things. Lol.

    January 3, 2017 at 6:39 PM
  • Reply Tasheena

    I need the L.L. Bean jacket…My NYE weekend was pretty great. On New Year’s Day I had family over which was great.

    January 3, 2017 at 9:34 PM
  • Reply Blair Villanueva

    I like getting laid back wearing huge tashirts of my Dada and my pjs during cold days. And sipping hot coffee or mocha and just next to him both reading books, 😊

    January 4, 2017 at 1:28 AM
  • Reply Our Family World

    This is brilliant tips! I’m glad you shared this. This is really useful.

    January 4, 2017 at 1:39 AM
  • Reply everythingcurvyandchic

    snow boots is a must! I’m so glad I’m in florida for winter no boots for me lol

    January 4, 2017 at 5:04 AM
  • Reply Terri Steffes

    Those are definitely cute options. I like lined jeans and long underwear where I am from! I love the boots.

    January 4, 2017 at 10:49 AM
  • Reply Mom Does It All (@misteedawnw)

    Oh yes, all 5 of these are a must for me. But I also need a scarf, too. My face gets so cold!

    January 4, 2017 at 12:38 PM
    • Reply Krystal

      A scarf is always a life saver too!

      January 4, 2017 at 4:29 PM
  • Reply redheadbabymama

    Tech gloves changed running in cold weather, too! i can listen to music and not freeze to death. One of mu most-used items.

    January 4, 2017 at 12:57 PM
  • Reply Megan mccoig

    I got some tech gloves for Christmas and they’re so cool! Such a good idea! Great ideas here!

    January 4, 2017 at 1:01 PM
    • Reply Krystal

      That’s a great gift

      January 4, 2017 at 4:38 PM
  • Reply Jessica

    I’m from Canada so I totally understand the cold weather thing. Totally agree boots and comfy pjs are a definite need.

    January 4, 2017 at 3:22 PM
  • Reply Amanda Elizabeth

    I am so with you! I was just up in the city and my tech gloves and hat were a total must!

    January 4, 2017 at 3:36 PM
  • Reply theclutterboxblog

    I am so happy that you shared the tech gloves. I’ve been looking and needed something like that! And a black beanie is perfect for everything!

    January 4, 2017 at 4:24 PM
  • Reply bigfitfam

    a scarf and warm socks are my go to cold weather accessories! I need them to survive the cold as i hate it more and more each year!

    January 4, 2017 at 6:01 PM
  • Reply theresasreviews

    New York looks so pretty in winter, and that book looks very interesting! I agree about all of these, especially cozy PJ’s.

    January 4, 2017 at 6:25 PM
  • Reply Mommy Engineering

    I always forget to get my tech gloves! And I love warm fuzzy PJs! They are my favorite! Matched with some hot chocolate and the fireplace… HEAVEN!

    January 4, 2017 at 6:48 PM
  • Reply Kecia | Online Income Mom

    I got some tech gloves for Christmas and they are the best! I can finally use my phone without having to take my gloves off in the cold.

    January 4, 2017 at 8:34 PM
  • Reply Cynthia @craftoflaughter

    I agree with your list right down to my fuzzy boots. Of course warm cozy jammies is perfect too

    January 4, 2017 at 8:44 PM
  • Reply Allison Rebecca

    We are about to get some snow here this weekend so I am scrambling to find cold weather gear! My hubby just bought me some gloves thankfully.

    January 4, 2017 at 9:21 PM
  • Reply Debra

    Totally love my tech gloves – I wouldn’t go through winter without them! I don’t have to freeze my hands to check my device and it’s great

    January 4, 2017 at 11:32 PM
  • Reply lovelysilvia

    This is a great list of must haves! I’ve been to New York at the end of the winter and it was still cold! I’m from Texas so we don’t get that kind of weather here haha!

    January 4, 2017 at 11:57 PM
  • Reply Vaishnavi @ Dentmaker

    Cool list to keep you cozy! Love the black beanie too, for the versatility. Oh yes, fuzzy pyjama’s rock my list of winter faves!

    January 5, 2017 at 2:23 AM
  • Reply Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh

    The older you get, the more kids you have, these I have learned makes time go by even quicker! Great list, although living in Florida we only have a handful of cold days. At the moment we are only experiencing “winter” on the weekends. This weekend it’s going to be in the 40’s for the highs, next week back up to 70! We’re all going to be sick!

    January 5, 2017 at 9:57 AM
  • Reply taylorannes95

    Fuzzy pjs are a total must for me!!! I love them! Another thing I really need are earmuffs! Awesome list!

    January 5, 2017 at 11:24 AM
  • Reply Traveling Well For Less

    We don’t get much of a winter here in So Cal, well as compared to New York. 🙂 But I love a set of fuzzy pjs.

    January 5, 2017 at 11:44 AM
  • Reply Kristin

    I wear my faux fur trimmed hooded coat non-stop when the weather warrants! It’s so darn cozy!

    January 5, 2017 at 3:43 PM
  • Reply Rachel Catherine

    I’ll have to check out your gloves because each pair of tech gloves I have doesn’t work. I could use a new hat too.

    January 5, 2017 at 3:59 PM
  • Reply reesann723

    I LOVE this last boots on the bottom!! Living in NJ, I am always dressing for winter. It seems every year it gets colder.

    January 5, 2017 at 10:01 PM
  • Reply Amanda Love

    Yup! I would have to agree with this list, these should always be in your closet during the winter. Especially if you live in areas where the snow goes up to 4-5 inches deep.

    January 6, 2017 at 1:57 AM
  • Reply stylesprinter

    I totally fell that this post was meant for me. I just never know how to dress warm! I don’t like all the layers and avoid any thing warm in my wardrobe. As a result, I’m always cold. I think I have to set up a goal for 2017 to buy more warm clothes!

    January 6, 2017 at 7:09 AM
  • Reply Heather (@TownsendHouse1)

    Yes to all of these! I live in Maine, and we definitely need the winter boots…I just bought a new pair this year.

    January 6, 2017 at 9:24 AM
  • Reply Robin Rue

    I love the idea that you have added the PJs in your post. I also hate to pay a high bill when it comes to heating my home. A nice heavy pair of pajamas is seriously a must.

    January 6, 2017 at 7:03 PM
  • Reply Anosa

    I wish we had snow, all we ever get is rain and ice! You got to have cosy warm pj’s, is basically the whole reason for living lol

    January 7, 2017 at 7:08 AM
  • Reply Adaleta Avdić

    I definitely need some cute fluffy PJs! I don’t have any cute ones, so I’ll have to look now. They’re so comfy! xx Adaleta Avdic

    January 7, 2017 at 7:28 PM
  • Reply Candace McGee

    Yup, I agree with everything on this list! When I moved from MD to GA I knew that I was giving up my favorite season (Fall). I even had to return a nice pair of snow boots that I had purchased and never wore :-.( I’ll be back home this coming weekend though so I’ll be able to enjoy the past time for a few days!

    January 8, 2017 at 6:57 PM
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