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Boots, Coats, and More Cold-Weather Musts

Test-driving tech-driven base layers, finding coats that work on mild mornings and also really effing frigid evenings, casting our knit nets wide to reel in the soft, the chunky, and the cashmere: We consider sifting through the sartorial avalanche of cold-weather options a winter sport—and we’re pretty damn good at it.

THE KNITS

A mix of weights (to manage the midseason) + a few modern silhouettes (blousy sleeves and extra-long cuffs feel feminine and unfussy) + neutral hues (deep midnight brightens the lineup but won’t gather dust) = the formula for a streamlined sweater stack.

  1. G. Label Madi chunky-knit puff-sleeve turtleneck
    G. Label Madi chunky-knit
    puff-sleeve turtleneck
    goop, $595
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  2. Khaite Sweater
    Khaite Sweater goop, $1,380
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  3. Victoria Beckham Sweater
    Victoria Beckham Sweater goop, $790
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  4. Alex Mill Sweater
    Alex Mill Sweater goop, $98
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  5. G. Label Candy Bell-Sleeve sweater
    G. Label Candy Bell-Sleeve sweater goop, $595
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THE COATS

If you go big on one piece this season, make it your coat. A shearling collar to snuggle into, full-length down to fight flurries, or a belted wool robe that works two ways, depending
on your mood.

  1. Toteme Jacket
    Toteme Jacket Toteme, $2,250
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  2. Burberry Coat
    Burberry Coat Matchesfashion, $1,720
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  3. Varley Jacket
    Varley Jacket goop, $450
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  4. The Row coat
    The Row coat Matchesfashion, $4,850
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  5. Bogner Coat
    Bogner Coat Bogner, $1,500
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  6. Varley Jacket
    Varley Jacket goop, $450
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THE JACKETS

Sweater-weight with jacket-like details, these pieces can handle a hike without leaving you overheated and come in clutch for midday outdoor hangs. When January rolls around, just make these ribbed and quilted essentials the in-between layer on extra-blustery days.

  1. Taion Jacket
    Taion Jacket goop, $270
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  2. Patagonia Jacket
    Patagonia Jacket Patagonia, $199
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  3. Tory Burch Jacket
    Tory Burch Jacket Tory Burch, $298
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  4. G. Label Rubinfeld zip-up sweater
    G. Label Rubinfeld
    zip-up sweater
    goop, $595
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THE BOOTS

Prada gave its boots a fanny pack, Gabriela’s hit the high knees, and Staud’s suede Chelseas are the answer to every outfit this side of spring. As for Gucci, this season, the house embraced shearling (goop fashion director Ali Pew swears they’re so cozy).

  1. Staud Boots
    Staud Boots goop, $425
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  2. Gabriela Hearst boots
    Gabriela Hearst boots Gabriela Hearst, $1,390
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  3. Prada boots
    Prada boots Prada, $1,500
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  4. Gucci Boots
    Gucci Boots Gucci, $750
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  5. Loewe boots
    Loewe boots Loewe, $650
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THE BASE LAYERS

If the last time you updated your long underwear was around the 2010 Winter Olympics, you’re likely due for a refresh. From technical nylon sets fit for the slopes (and chic enough for après) to silk-jersey leggings to slip under everyday denim, these are worth buying in multiples.

  1. Wolford Turtleneck
    Wolford Turtleneck Matchesfashion, $190
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  2. Wolford Leggings
    Wolford Leggings Matchesfashion, $157
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  3. Bogner Top
    Bogner Top Bogner, $200
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  4. Arc’teryx Pants
    Arc’teryx Pants Arc’teryx, $89
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  5. Prada Top
    Prada Top Prada, $1,350
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  6. Prada leggings
    Prada leggings Prada, $1,260
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  7. Hanro Top
    Hanro Top Net-a-Porter, $133
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  8. Hanro leggings
    Hanro leggings Net-a-Porter, $130
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FOR THE CITY

Holiday lights, occasional flurries, a general uptick in cheer—Decembrrrr raises spirits but has the opposite effect on temperatures. Hit the sidewalks in merino tights (just add knee-high boots), chunky-knit gloves, and a
bluster-beating trench.

  1. Victoria Beckham coat
    Victoria Beckham Coat goop, $2,690
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  2. Victoria Beckham shirt
    Victoria Beckham shirt goop, $850
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  3. Victoria Beckham skirt
    Victoria Beckham skirt goop, $790
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  4. Gucci Gloves
    Gucci Gloves Net-a-Porter, $390
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  5. Falke tights
    Falke tights Matchesfashion, $34
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FOR THE MOUNTAINS

Safely hitting the slopes feels even more rewarding after a very cooped-up 2020—and a killer carve looks even better in high-performance gear. Build from the base layer up with a slim-cut midweight jacket, warm pants with pockets, and a coat to top it off.

  1. Moncler Coat
    Moncler Coat Moncler, $2,070
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  2. Bogner Jacket
    Bogner Jacket Bogner, $700
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  3. Bogner pants
    Bogner pants Bogner, $890
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  4. Hestra Mittens
    Hestra Mittens Hestra, $150
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  5. Falke Socks
    Falke Socks Matchesfashion, $30
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ESSENTIAL EXTRAS

These six selects defy categorization in all ways but one: They’re all guaranteed to bring the heat (see that beanie with the supersize pom?), beat the chill (fleece masks that do double duty), and run circles around any winter-dressing rut (cashmere joggers, anyone?).

  1. Moncler Beanie
    Moncler Beanie Moncler, $355
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  2. Falke Masks
    Falke Masks Matchesfashion, $20
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  3. Holden Mittens
    Holden Mittens Matchesfashion, $80
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  4. Madeleine Thompson JOggers
    Madeleine Thompson JOggers goop, $395
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  5. Wolford Tights
    Wolford Tights Saks Fifth Avenue, $75
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  6. Falke Socks
    Falke Socks Neiman Marcus, $27
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