Happy Chrismukkah, friends! I hope those who celebrate Hanukkah or Christmas are having (had) a wonderful holiday. Mine was spent with lots of relaxation, delicious food and time with D’s family in Toledo. If you’re also in the Midwest, you experienced some of that Christmas balmy (I’m talkin’ close to 60 degrees in Decemer!) weather we just had! How weird was it that it was super cold and snowy, then warmed up just in time for Christmas??
Now that it’s back to the regularly scheduled programming of winter weather, I thought it’d be a good time to share some of my winter necessities that I’ve discovered over my past 5.5 years in Chicago, some of which are petite specific and involve shopping in the kids section! Without further ado, I bring you six “petite winter must haves.”
I’m just gonna throw it out there, I’ve lost almost every pair of warm gloves I’ve owned except for the leather one’s D’s mom got me for xmas last year. Finding gloves that are actually warm, fit my mini hands and are tech compatible for my commute is quite difficult, so if anyone has any recos, please let me know! Until then, I’ll be looking into these Smartwool tech gloves and some kid options.
2. Belted Down Puffer
A long down coat in Chicago is a must, but can often swallow up a petite frame. This version from J.Crew is made specifically for petites and has a belt to accentuate the waist. Just make sure you sew the belt on to the back loop so you don’t end up losing it (I’m noticing a pattern here…). Lucky for me, J.Crew customer service replaced my jacket, belt and all, after contacting them. Unless you have super short arms, steer clear of trying to save money by getting a kids version of a winter coat – the arms will likely be WAY too short. Another thing I learned the hard way!
3. Pom Beanie
I usually buy at least one new beanie each winter season since the trends change each year. I was on the hunt this year for a black hat with tan pom. I found this super affordable one from Nordstrom, but it’s not super warm and now sold out. Also, I think my head is a bit small-ish for this specific hat, but it gets the job done for the price! I’ve linked another option here.
4. Ragg Socks
Last year, I was forced by several who love me to purchase several new, quality, warm socks. My feet tend to get cold very easily and then go numb, so yeah, I learned the hard way that you can’t skimp on the quality of your socks. I like these ones because they look cute with #5. These are another option you can snag kids versions of if you have small feet.
5. Bean Boots
I finally caved and got Bean boots this season, and I can’t say enough good things about them. They run quite large, so if you have small feet, I definitely recommend the kids’ version. The Thinsulate ones are $20 cheaper than the adults, fit like a glove and are super warm and toasty for my constantly cold feet! This is the first winter my feet haven’t gone numb yet.
6. Blanket Scarf
Another must have in the winter is a blanket scarf with a fun pattern. It serves so many purposes, and if you’re petite, it basically can act as a blanket in a cold office or an airplane. My love for leopard knows no bounds, and this Zara scarf that I blogged about here just happens to be 40% off right now!
Any cold-weather essentials I missed on this list? Don’t forget to send me some glove tips.