Hot Workout Wear for Cold-Weather Days

I love how hardcore I feel when I can see my breath when I'm power-walking through snow and over icy sidewalks. I also love the ritual of adding brightly-colored layers of wool, wicking fleece, headband and gloves before I go out into the cold weather. And honestly, enjoying the cuteness and the hardcore-ness is what gets me out the door on days I would much rather curl up on the couch or around a giant bag of Doritos. 

Whether your winter games are in the snow or sleet, up hills or on rinks, racing to the car or on a trail course, here's gear that will serve your workout as well as your style. 

Brisk Run Neck Warmer by Lululemon ($28)

Like me, you probably have a stack of caps and hats and scarves already in your collection. So why spend thirty bucks on something to warm your upper self? Because those other wool and knit varieties make your noggin sweaty, slip off and need to be wound around four times. I love this easy-to-slip-on neck warmer that pulls up to cover (or uncover) the head and can be cinched with a simple one-handed drawstring. It's not only reversible, it's totally stripey and cute.

Apres Dress by Athleta ($89.99 on sale)

Do you need a little sassy with your skiing? A little skirt with your skating? Get down (OK, it is actually PrimaLoft quilted insulation) in this ski dress that has all the benefits of a vest plus a fleece-lined skirt to pull on over your base layers. Kind of makes a lady want to say yes to a first date on the slopes, doesn't it?

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Toasty Tech Tight by Lululemon ($118)

Whether you are one of those amazing crazies who runs before anyone else is up in the morning or you walk to yoga class in the after-dark chill, these workout pants are made for moving when the temperature is low.  The brushed tech fleece feels like flannel, the high waist stays put when you are on the go and prevents the muffin top from blooping out in the elements. There are also lots of pockets to tuck keys, energy goop and the gym card. 

Polartec Power Stretch Ponytail Headband by Athleta ($19)

This had to be made by a woman: it's warm enough for super-cold weather training, wicks away sweat, covers only what it needs to and accomodates your ponytail. Worth every penny. 

Snowdrift Hoodie at Lucy (on sale for $49.99)

The trick with layering for cold-weather hikes, snow-shoeing or ice-skating is that you want to be warm without feeling bulked up or too restricted. This cotton top with the funky cowl neck slips on easily over a tank and under vest or jacket. I love its longer sleeves for the look but also because they are less likely to ride up under other layers. The button on the shoulder fastens to create a hood that can serve as a lightweight head-covering until you really start spinning and sweating on the ice. 

Snow Flurry Down Skirt at REI ($69.93 on sale)

You could certainly throw this adorable quilted down-filled skirt on over your base layers for a day hitting black diamond hills. Or, if you're more my speed, you could layer it over your favorite yoga pants to keep your backside warm until you get to class. Wear it while cycling. Or pair it with tights when you're meeting friends for hot chocolate or burning calories shopping winter sales. The possibilities are endless for you to feel like you're wrapped in your favorite cozy bedspread comforter but look a whole lot cuter. (Skhoop US also has many cute outdoor skirt options in down, merino, wrap-style, mini and longer-than-your knee, all here.)

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Luscious Half Zip Jacket by Athleta ($79.99)

Hitting the slopes and need a midweight layer that covers you from chin to bum? This is it. The weave wicks and breathes to keep you dry and not chafed. Rouching at the bust is flattering and thumbholes are practical. And the colors  (coastal green shown here, plus limelight and black) are hot so everyone will see you master the bunny hill. 

Fall Line Ski Pant by Athleta ($218)

Banish the idea you have in your head of ski pants of old -- crunchy, bunchy and awkward. These softshell pants (that match the half zip above) are stretchy enough so you can go gracefully and are breathable and wicking enough to let you stay comfortable. Plus, look at the design -- your booty is going to look phenomenal as you take off. 

POW Gloves Barker Gloves ($34.93)

Are you planning to exact snowball revenge as soon as there's more than an inch of powder on the ground? Don't forget to prep with a pair of waterproof gloves that fit snug and even have a gripped palm for packing snowballs. Built for wear and tear, the inside is microfleece soft. 

Women's PHD Light Micro Wool MultiSport Socks at The North Face ($16.95)

Made of SmartWool, these lightweight socks have just enough cushion for heel-strike comfort when you're running, back padding to protect from rubbing on hikes and elastics for stretchy comfort and to maintain the shape over lots of time and activities. Plus, the poppy color will make your tootsies look happy to hit the trail. 

Skhoop Hot Stripe Ski Sock ($24)

I promise not to tell anyone you are not wearing these to scale the side of a mountain or train for a ten-mile trail race. I won't spill the secret that you are wearing them to bed with sexy long-johns and a microwaveable heating pad -- because I will be, too. Wool and adorably striped or covered in flowers. 

What cold-weather training and workout wear do you rely on?

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