I lived in Chicago for five years, where it routinely snows between the months of October and April, and there was one year that I landed at O’Hare on May 31st and it was flurrying and I thought, “Why do we choose to live here again?”
Native Chicagoans are unphased by the weather; it’s transplants like myself that make a lot of noise about things. During one of the Polar Vortex years, wind chills got down to -35 degrees and then — and only then — did the schools close. Otherwise, it’s not uncommon to see small children braving sub-zero temperatures on any given morning in the dead of winter.
Chicago taught me that, in the words of Scandinavian mom Linda McGurk, “There’s no such thing as bad weather.” There is, however, bad or inappropriate clothing for the weather. Below, sharing my favorite cold weather finds for myself and for my children:
SHEARLING HUNTER BOOT INSOLES (IF IT’S NOT TOO, TOO COLD WHERE YOU LIVE, YOU COULD GET BY WITH RAINBOOTS AND THESE)
SMARTWOOL LINER GLOVES (TOUCHSCREEN-COMPATIBLE)***
I LAYER TISSUE TURTLENECKS UNDER VIRTUALLY EVERYTHING — THOUGH THIN, THAT EXTRA LAYER REALLY HELPS WITHOUT ADDING BULK
*These are like the Mack Trucks of snowboots. They are heavy (literally you need to flex to lift your legs), ultra-thick, and impermeable.
**Mine is red and 100% worth the splurge. This is one ubiquitous style that I have no shame or concern wearing alongside the rest of Manhattan — it’s a fantastic coat. Ultra warm, waterproof, and beautifully made. I liked mine so much I bought one for Mr. Magpie — the Langford style, which I felt was the most masculine of the options. His is in the army green color.
***My MIL turned me onto liner gloves as a way to actually stay warm when wearing nicer (leather) gloves, which aren’t great at keeping fingers toasty in super-cold weather. These help and you don’t need to remove them when checking your phone.
For little ones:
THIS COAT IS BEYOND FOR AN ITTY BITTY ONE
IF BABY IS STILL IN BASSINET STROLLER — THIS BUNTING
WE HAD ONE OF THESE CLASSIC SLEDS GROWING UP
GIFTING ONE OF THESE FOR CHRISTMAS
*My MIL gave mini one of these over Thanksgiving and she has been begging for enough snow to go out and use it! Apparently these work really well!