East Coast winters are ridiculously brutal, and as thick-skinned as we are as a group, subzero temps are hard to stand. The weather makes everything that much more difficult, like commuting, piecing together outfits, waking up...or functioning as a human being. We rounded up nine chic pieces that you can throw on over, underneath, and in between your layers as added insulation against the cold. From a heat-tech shirt to heavy-duty marled socks, shop these no-think ways to winter-proof your look.
1. A Cozy Hat
Sometimes your average knit beanie just doesn't cut it. Look for cold-weather textiles that mean business, like leather and shearling.
Shop it: Acne Studios, $560; acnestudios.com
2. A Heat-Tech Layer
Uniqlo's heat-tech shirts promise to prevent body warmth from escaping. Layer a long-sleeve tee under shirts and sweaters for maximum heat.
Shop it: Uniqlo, $20; uniqlo.com
3. A Fleece Jacket
Retro Patagonia styles were a source of inspiration for many designers for fall. Go for the original and treat the fleece jacket as an inner coat under your winter topper.
Shop it: Patagonia, $229; patagonia.com
4. A Blanket for a Scarf
The bigger the better—go oversize with a blanket-sized scarf.
Shop it: Wilfred Free, $85; aritzia.com
5. A Faux Fur Stole
Another alternative to an oversized scarf is a faux fur stole—it delivers both warmth and elevated style.
Shop it: Zara, $100; zara.com
6. A Faux Fur Vest
Shrug on a vest over a sweater dress (or sweater and skinnies) in the fall and underneath a coat in the winter.
Shop it: DKNY, $335; net-a-porter.com
7. Shearling Mittens
Replace your knit gloves with cozy mittens blanketed in shearling. (This pair in particular comes in five other colors.)
Shop it: Coach, $295; coach.com
8. Fleece-Lined Tights
Yes, it's possible to wear dresses in the cold—but only with the help of winter tights, like this fleece-lined pair.
Shop it: Plush, $35; shopbop.com
9. Camp Socks
Up your sock game with this marled camp pair that can help your feet weather all types of cold.
Shop it: J. Crew, $17; jcrew.com