There's nothing like a good single-digit temperature to make me ditch the majority of my carefully-curated closet for a handful of warm, cozy pieces. It's not that my wardrobe isn't winter-friendly; it's just that, like many other people who hate winter, the best way I know how to deal with the cold is to wear ridiculously soft, loose clothing while I hole up in my home. I can't say that all of The Zoe Report's editors handle terrible weather the same way as me, but it's pretty obvious from the enthusiasm they show for their favorite cozy winter clothing that the rest of the TZR team definitely appreciates a good, warm piece as much as I do when it's frigid outside.
When it comes to the types of cozy pieces TZR editors rely on, the choices run the gamut. TZR's Managing Editor Lauren Caruso and I love a good sweater, while Senior West Coast Editor Angela Melero opts for a lighter romper (she does live in California, after all) and Beauty Editor Khalea Underwood lives in track pants. And though Associate Celeb Editor Ruby Buddemeyer and Senior Fashion Editor Aemilia also love knitwear, their real life-savers come in the form of a simple pair of socks.
Clearly, cozy essentials for winter involve more than just sweatshirts (though we love those, too), and TZR team's choices, ahead, give you all the more reason to stock your wardrobe with warm, comfy pieces of every kind.
Lauren Caruso, Managing Editor
"These Lou & Grey pants are life-changing. I mean that literally: They're so soft and comfortable that I've become the type of person that leaves my house in sweatpants because I never, ever want to take them off. I gave them to my entire family for Christmas and none of us wanted to change into our actual clothes for the day."
"I'm usually not too picky about my under-layers, but this silk-cashmere long-sleeve tee from Frances de Lourdes really upped the ante this season. It's just as soft as you'd imagine, and I feel crazy-luxe every time I pull it on."
"Khaite became an instant hit with me thanks to its collection of pared-down basics in the same non-colors I gravitate toward. This cozy ribbed cashmere sweater specifically made me want to reimagine my entire wardrobe with this at its center."
Anna Buckman, Shopping News Editor
"I recently discovered this Scandinavian brand and I can't get enough of it. This sweatshirt was my first (and definitely not last) purchase from the label's Soft Sport collection, and I've worn it nearly every day since I bought it. It's so soft, and easily transitions from my head-to-toe sweats at home to a polished look at the office.
"These were a split-second, post-Christmas sale decision, and it's one I'm so glad I made. The pants are made from Lululemon's buttery soft Rulu fabric, which also wicks sweat so you can lounge in them or wear them during your workout. I typically put them on Friday night and don't take them off again until Monday morning — they're that comfortable."
"I don't think I've ever loved a sweater more than this, and I've definitely never received so many compliments on one. I'm obsessed with its oversized silhouette, as well as its length. And while it is a little itchy, it looks beautiful styled with a white shirt underneath (which I do every time I wear it)."
Ruby Buddemeyer, Associate Celeb Editor
"I'm always on the hunt for sweats that are cozy enough for lounging and running errands, and this pair from DH New York offers just that. Full disclosure: I think I live in these sweatpants every single weekend — they're that comfy."
"My space heater is usually on full blast throughout winter, so when I'm too warm for sweats, I throw on these cute Eberjay pajamas. Not only are they incredibly soft, but the matching set makes me feel like I have my life together."
"I'm not really a slippers gal, but the second I'm home, I whip off my boots and throw on a pair of fuzzy socks."
Aemilia Madden, Senior Fashion Editor
"Outdoor Voices' MegaFleece is my go-to for running errands on the weekend. It's roomy and cozy all at once."
"This cashmere sweater is not only ridiculously soft, it's also surprisingly affordable at just $75. So, naturally I own it in multiple colors and just swap them depending on the day."
"It may sound odd, but nothing says cozy to me quite like pattering around the house in a pair of super-comfy socks. My style preference is the crew-height from Nike — simple perfection."
Angela Melero, Senior West Coast Editor
"Living in LA, there's not a ton of occasions in which a scarf is necessary, so I typically invest in one every winter. This year's option is a keeper. I love how incredibly cozy and versatile this Donni scarf is — I literally want to sleep on it."
"I've kept a variation of this slipper in my closet for over a decade as they are the perfect house slipper. I have hardwood floors, so they keep my feet toasty as I run around my apartment."
"I'm obsessed with this brand and own three versions of this romper. The fabric is so soft and luxe, I find myself wearing them for daytime loungewear and pajamas. I can also get away with throwing a jean jacket or winter coat over it and running errands!"
Khalea Underwood, Beauty Editor
"My brother has a part-time gig at Adidas, so I've been using (and, uh, abusing?) his store discount whenever he's gracious enough to add a few items to his own shopping cart for me. My latest purchase are these track pants, which go with everything — dressier button-downs and other athletic separates that I like to punch up with fun accessories."