Ah, winter: a season filled with hot chocolate and weekend ski trips and Netflix marathons and the perpetual threat of frostbite. Listen, we know it's not always easy to convince yourself to leave your bed when it's borderline freezing out, but there's a reason why half of America (or, at least, half of Manhattan) knows the correct pronunciation of hygge, the Danish word for cozy: There's something borderline addictive about layering on nubby sweaters, chunky beanies, wool cardigans, and thick-knit socks when the temps drop. In a word, winter is only fun if you're doing it right.
But the key to getting it right isn't just a solid pair of snow boots: To truly achieve peak cozy — the ultimate winter triumph — you'll want to stock up on the essentials, which is basically anything that'll make you want to stay on your couch with a hot toddy in hand and also go initiate a snowball fight at the same time. That means a small collection sweaters (both thin-ribbed and chunky) that serve as base layers for whatever you do (or don't do), a few versatile hoodies that you can wear to balance out the formality of a plaid blazer or to take a midday nap on your couch in, a mix of crazy-soft blanket scarves that'll make you feel like a swaddled infant, and a long-line coat to top it all off, should you decide to actually go outside. You know, the basics.
Ahead, shop 21 cozy must-haves that'll take you from "ugh, winter" to, well, less "ugh, winter." (Hot toddy optional.)
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