Thank you to Nike for collaborating on this post about cold-weather gear. All opinions are my own.
Spanish novelist Miguel de Unamuno once said that man dies of coldness, not of darkness. This time of year, those words speak to me more in the literal sense than the figurative one. In the past week, temperatures in St. Louis have dipped as low as 29 — and for this SoCal native, anything below 55 is pretty uncomfortable.
When Life Takes You Outside
I’m not the type of girl who can bundle up and/or stay inside until April. I’m a runner who gets bored on the treadmill and an equestrian who’s pretty much addicted to riding. So while I love the creativity of layering up with scarves and puffers and beanies, that strategy fails me sometimes. Running all bundled up is miserable. And, my horse would likely unsaddle me if I hopped on wearing a knee-length puffer.
So, when I recently had the opportunity to try out Nike tech fleece and cold weather gear, I jumped at it. I’ve been a stable Nike wearer over the years — my Frees have many, many walking miles on them, and I have two Nike sweatshirts I’d classify as old favorites. Plus a few running tops and sports bras I’ve picked up over the years. But the truth is, I don’t buy Nike gear on the regular because it feels a little splurgy.
Wishing for Warmth
That’s where my holiday wish list comes in — it’s a running list of spendy wardrobe upgrades, and I turn to it when a random gift card or cash gift comes my way. High-quality cold-weather gear has a permanent spot on that wish list. And now that I’ve added a few new Nike pieces to my collection, I’ll just say it: if you love being active and hate being cold, you might put Nike gear on your holiday wish list too.
Cold-Weather Gear Picks
Joggers for Any Occasion
What’s not to love about a pair of sweatpants you can wear with heels? Seriously, joggers are the all-purpose pant. Of course I wear them as casual athleisure, but they also work for dressier occasions too.
I’m always looking for pieces to rep with my Battlegrounds at Cedar Lake t-shirt — I crawled through mud for that shirt — and of course, these joggers are just right.
You don’t have to be a Kardashian to wear joggers with pumps. Just err on the conservative side (read as: don’t wear stiletto platforms). I like these with kitten heels and a knit cardigan.
Tops for Play and Sport
A quick Kaldi’s coffee run has me in the most amazing sweatshirt I’ve ever owned. It fits like a nice sweater with a stylishly curved hemline and a cowl neck that doubles as a gaiter.
For a run outside, I need serious active wear like this fleece-lined Nike Miler top. It has a high neckline for extra warmth, and it’s not that clingy fit that’s so pervasive with workout clothes — a good thing for an old broad like me! I expect to get tons of use out of this piece in the coming months, both on the trail and at the stables.
As a Southern California transplant now living in the Midwest, Catherine has turned layering into an art form and accepted that UGGs actually do have a place in the stylish lady's wardrobe. She's been featured in Woman's World Magazine, DrLaura.com, Refinery29, Wellness.com and has made appearances on ABC7 Chicago, FOX2News St. Louis, KCAL9 Los Angeles, Fox19 Cincinnati, WGN TV Chicago and WCPO TV Cincinnati.
Thanks for stopping by! I'm Catherine, your Budget Fashionista style editor. I'm a bargain shopper at heart, as I love nice things but hate paying for them! I'm also a personal finance writer who's been featured on USA Today and MSN Money.