Feel that chill in the air? It’s not just the temperature dropping — it’s the excitement you’re feeling about all the great lines of winter wear that are about to drop. Admit it: You’re already imagining yourself getting cozy in a new coat or sweater and hitting the slopes, skipping straight ahead to the après-ski or just relaxing by a fireplace looking like a million bucks. Even better, come the holidays, you get to share your great taste with the people you care about.
Athleta — with its classy but comfortable winter outfits perfect for the outdoors, the lodge or just lying around at home — is one of the first places you’ll want to go, with amazing products that are sure to become your instant favorites or perennial go-tos for those friends and family members lucky enough to find them under the Christmas tree or wrapped in ribbon from you.
The Cozy Karma Asym Pullover ($108; athleta.gap.com) is always a sure bet for a gift, either for friends or to yourself, and is probably going to end up at the top of your drawer for easy grabbing-and-going. A cozy blend of cotton, polyester and spandex with a plush interior that will keep you warm on cold days and a wrap front and high-low hemline that frames your natural form to its best effect, it’s the kind of sweater you’ll be wrapping yourself in all winter for everything from a quick check on the mail to taking to the trails for a hike or a climb.
Underneath that, or for when you’re just hanging out in the office or in the living room, the lightweight Coaster Luxe Sweatshirt ($79; athleta.gap.com) is an ideal choice, with a soft, brushed interior made of breathable, sustainably sourced beechwood fibers to keep you comfortable whether you’re finalizing a budget proposal or running after an errant toddler. It’s got an extra-long hem so you never have to worry about, uh, unintentional reveals, but the smartly added side slits mean you’ll have the mobility to not just run after that runaway kid but actually catch her before she reaches the paint pots.
You can’t suffer cold legs, of course, so couple either of those with a pair of Double Cozy Karma Recover Joggers ($98; athleta.gap.com), which are a great outer or inner layer (or great on their own) for your bottoms. They’re easy to care for and incredibly soft, being made of a breathable cotton-recycled polyster-spandex blend, and — and we can’t stress what a big deal this is — they have pockets you can actually stash your keys, ID and wallet in. In other words, the people who designed these sweatpants actually wear these clothes themselves and know what a pain it can be to have to choose between carrying your keys or your phone to the gym.
And because safety and health are on everyone’s mind right now, Athleta has different styles and fits of masks available so that you’re not only keeping yourself comfortable with your winter activities, you’re also doing your part to keep everyone free from illness. The Made to Move three-pack ($25; athleta.gap.com) comes in three stylish colors and prints and is designed to hug the natural curves of your face without snagging your hair or pulling painfully on your ears. The masks are breathable and washable and have a hidden pocket so you can insert an extra filter.
Look for Athleta sales the month of November that’ll slash prices by as much as 60%, add even more great products and make it even easier to go to Athleta to fulfill all your holiday shopping — and personal winter clothing — needs this season.