It may not be 2017 anymore, but the concept of hygge, a quality of coziness and comfort, is a huge priority in our lives today. After a year and a half in isolation — and sweatpants — we're taking our creature comforts outdoors to the social activities that were delayed and postponed for so long. Sorry to the jeans in our closet, but we're determined to look good while feeling good, no matter where we're going these days.
Even the brisk weather can't stop us from spending most of our time outside. With that said, we'll need outfits and accessories that keep us warm and fuzzy — literally. From fur-lined clogs to quilted jackets, these are the fashion necessities we're wearing to stay cozy this season.
You spent most of the pandemic watching your dog rally with its friends, one of which is owned by an attractive someone. Months pass, glances are exchanged, and finally a date is set: next weekend, same time, same park. Depending on the weather, a visit to the dog park can be messy. Shoes must be practical, but they can also be cute — especially if a date is involved.
The dog park is a safe space; it's where you're usually rocking a matching sweatsuit and third-day hair crammed underneath a hat. It's your comfort zone, and carrying that comfort into your date look is as easy as swapping out the usual rain boots or old running sneakers with this season's coziest shoe trend: clogs, specifically of the fleece-lined variety. The Crocs Classic Lined Clog is just like the Crocs you know and love — pivoting heel straps included — but warm and fuzzy. We've never walked on clouds before, but we imagine it's a lot like wearing these shoes. Want even more fuzz? The Crocs Classic Fur Sure clog offers a plush interior and exterior for cold-weather comfort. But don't let the fluff fool you: these clogs offer soft, cradling support for hours.
Solo weekend plans were meant to be spent at the flea market, weaving in and out of vendors, sorting through dozens of racks, and inspecting everything old and kind of dusty. This means hours on your feet, and a comfortable jacket that will keep you warm without overheating your body during the all-day expedition. While we don't have a solution yet for the tiring effects of a successful thrifting day, we do know what can make the excursion more comfortable: a liner jacket.
Yes, this trend looks like the inside liner of your dad's vintage military bomber, but that's the point. It's the in-between outerwear that can work for the end of fall straight through winter. Plus, liner jackets are slightly cushioned, so the quilted texture is as comfortable as a cardigan. Now, you can find sturdy but lightweight options (usually made from recycled plastic bottles) that can be comfortably layered underneath a winter parka when the weather gets that cold.
No matter how chilly it gets, there's nothing quite as soothing as a brisk hike — or casual walk. A year ago, when the streets were empty, we could venture outside in an outfit we wore for three days straight. Now, we're looking to upgrade our usual attire to something that doesn't cramp our style while still prioritizing our comfort. They may not be the sexiest accessory out there, but there's something about a knitted hood, or balaclava, that manages to be functional, cozy, and, OK, kind of cute — admit it!
Beanies are usually the traditional colder-weather accessory — some may even opt for earmuffs — but, this year, balaclavas are the only foolproof way to keep your ears, face, and neck warm while braving a scenic adventure. Some balaclavas are admittedly adorable and use a range of fabric options, like RMS (Responsible Mohair Standard) mohair, to keep you warm. While balaclavas are still on the come-up, there's no shortage of color options available — from all-black knits to match any minimalist look to colorblock hoods, which can spice up even your most low-key "groufit." Comfort, but make it fashion.