When it comes to winter wardrobe, my closet has two categories: everyday casual pieces (think Isabel Marant meets Club Monaco meets Converse) and true sportswear for ski trips and outdoor adventures (think Patagonia meets adidas Originals).
Until recently, it seemed athletic outfitters kept their distance from luxe fashion labels and vice versa — but in the era of the yogi running errands post-practice and the cyclist pedaling to work at her publishing company, a Venn diagram effect has created a middle ground where it seems everyone can get along. If you told me five years ago, I'd be able to get away with rocking adidas kicks with Lululemon black leggings and a Marmot puffer vest to work…well, it's a new style age and blending both sides of my closet is now something I do best. In that vein, I took a sporty approach to compiling key items on my winter wish list — and even got some industry experts to support my case. (Editor Note: I'm all for pushing the sartorial envelope, but let's agree that Crocs, Uggs, jeggings and pajama pants are never ok outside the house, k?) Check out my top picks below:
Dakine Alyssa Hat
“Each season, we design our women’s collection to flow from city to mountain to beach and back, with the perfect blend of functionality, performance and effortless style,” says Leslie Pyfer, Dakine Women’s product line manager. “When you have high quality products with thoughtful attention to detail, there’s a unique vibe created that allows women to be active, stylish and confident no matter what the environment.”
Alyssa Hat, $30 at dakine.com
Pistel Bree Wristlet Arm Warmers
Leg and arm warmers have yet to see their 15 minutes, but it's only a matter of time. When layering pieces for the day ahead, make sure to save these a spot. Uber soft and not at all itchy, the graduated color is subtle, but memorable.
Pistel Bree Wristlet Arm Warmers, $28 at REI.com
prAna Cornelia Top
“This is a go-anywhere piece with both stretch and moisture wicking properties,” says Kat Guay, prAna Brand Awareness Manager. “An oversized collar with drawcord allows you to bundle up when running on windy days or take a more casual approach when on post-workout errands.”
PrAna Cornelia Top, $95 at prana.com
Columbia Precision Touch Glove
“These sleek gloves are touch screen compatible so you can stay on top of your technology without ending up with frozen fingers,” says a rep for Columbia’s design team. “The faux leather palm provides great grip for all activities and the slim leather-inspired design makes it easy to wear – from outdoor play to work or cocktail hour.”
Columbia Precision Touch Glove, $35 at columbia.com
Marmot Furlong Vest
Throw on this 4-way stretch vest over a simple tee or under a lighter jacket for a peekaboo (faux) fur-lined hood. Wind- and water-resistant, it will keep you warm and stylish in any situation. Bonus? Two zippered handwarmer pockets and one interior stash pocket.
Marmot Furlong Vest, $135 at Marmot.com