What to Wear on a Winter Playdate

what to wear winter playdate

Here in New Jersey, we were recently hit with snowstorm Jonas, which dumped almost 30 inches of snow in my town. My kids were excited for the first major snowfall of the year, and we headed out as a family to play outside, do some sledding, and build a snowman! On wintry days like these, what’s the right outfit to wear so you can resist the cold temperatures and still have fun with your kids?


I’ve created two winter playdate outfits to give you some inspiration -- one budget friendly and a splurgier option. You definitely need a solid, warm down coat, and for bottoms, I like lined workout pants for both comfort and extra warmth. I’ve added a fleece jacket to wear underneath your coat since the key to dressing for a winter playdate is layering. Also, you won’t survive out there without a good pair of snow boots, and my selections are stylish and functional! And finally, a good pair of gloves. If you think you’ll be outside for more than an hour, I suggest using some handwarmers also. 

Have fun. Don’t let the cold temperatures stop you from playing outside with your kids this winter!

Winter Playdate -- Budget Friendly

The breakout star in this outfit are the snow boots by L.L.Bean. They look upscale and more expensive, but you can always count on this trustworthy brand to make a reliable product at a great price point. The boot is waterproof and heavily lined to keep your feet warm while you're playing outside, and the soles feel like sneakers so you can run around with your kids without stomping in heavy boots like the jolly green giant. I love the pewter gray color and faux fur trim, don't you? An all-around excellent boot for this week’s budget-friendly outfit.

what to wear winter playdate

Shown above (clockwise from top left): Columbia ‘Hellfire’ Down Jacket in Mineshaft ($200, nordstrom.com); Co-Op Quarter Zip Fleece Pullover in Blue Jewel ($44.50, rei.com); C9 Champion Outerwear Gloves in Gray ($15.99, target.com); Nike All-Time Updated Fleece Workout Pants in Black ($55, kohls.com); Carrabasset Snow Boots in Pewter ($129, llbean.com).

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Winter Playdate -- Splurge Worthy

What are your thoughts on chevron? The zigzag pattern makes everything look energetic and alive, and quite simply, it’s a fun print. I happen to love chevron, and when I found these Sorel boots in black chevron, well, I fell in love! This is a boot that will spice up your simplest winter outfit like jeans and a cozy turtleneck sweater. But the real beauty is that they will also serve you well when you are layered up and ready to head out sledding with your kids!

what to wear winter playdate

Shown above (clockwise from top left): The North Face Thermoball Hooded Parka in Ashes of Grey ($230, rei.com); The North Face Agave Fleece Jacket in Patriot Blue Heather ($99, rei.com); Tech Compatible All Season Gloves ($34.50, rei.com); Lined LaViva Pant in Black ($98, athleta.com); Sorel Tofino Cate in Black Chevron ($160, zappos.com).


Images (clockwise from left) via rei.com; target.com; kohls.com; llbean.com
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