It’s (still) 2020, and as we finish out the year, we’re reaching for whatever creature comforts we can get. We’re betting that most folks are feeling the same—what better way to greet the New Year than snuggled up in comfy, cozy, “almost as good as an actual hug” items? Our guide is filled with our tried and true favorite cozy products, which we guarantee will keep you snuggled all winter. So curl up and dive in—your cozy staples are only a click away.
Smartwool Popcorn Socks
Minnesota-raised FC editor Amy Farley swears by Smartwool’s adorable popcorn socks, which come in a variety of different colors, for cushioned and cozy feet all winter—whether you’re slushing through city streets, skating in the crisp cold, or warming up by the fire. Wool is naturally warm and soft, and much better for the environment than synthetic alternatives. Though they’ll cost you more than a 10-pack from Target, Smartwool’s socks will keep your feet warm for years without any wear or tear.
Quince $50 Cashmere Sweaters
Staff writer Liz Segran was blown away by Quince’s $50 cashmere sweaters when she tried them out earlier this fall. The company’s innovative, radically transparent business model ships high-quality cashmere sweaters, beanies, wraps, and more directly from the factory floor to your door for a fraction of the cost you’d pay in retail. The velvety-soft sweaters and unbelievably cozy beanies are super soft and perfect for bundling up.
White and Warren Cashmere Travel Wrap
Speaking of cashmere, White and Warren’s Cashmere Travel Wrap is unbeatable—it’s been a best-seller for more than two decades, and we thoroughly endorse its popularity. One Fast Company editor, who has had her uber-soft wrap for more than five years, uses it as a warm winter scarf, a shoulder wrap in summer, and cozy comfort blanket on just about every flight she takes. It comes in 14 different colors and three perfect sizes—the full-blown travel wrap, a mini wrap, or a very adorable scarf. It will keep you cozy at home now, and on the go when jet-setting in the future.
Parachute Cozy Booties
Are they slippers? Are they boots? Whatever they are, they’re freaking adorable. Parachute’s uber-soft, sherpa slipper boots pull on and feature a super soft interior (the company specifies that no socks are needed) and a rubber, non-slip bottom. That makes them perfect for cold climates, to wear shuffling around the house or to scurry out to the mailbox. Better yet: You can machine-wash them when they get dirty, so these cozy kicks will look fresh for years to come.
We all know that sweatsuits are the official uniform of 2020. And if you spend any time on Instagram, you’ve probably come across ads for Vuori. The direct-to-consumer activewear company makes ethical, sustainable staples that are built for the wear and tear of frequent workouts. The label’s joggers come recommended by three different Fast Company editors (including men and women), who describe them as being “like butter.” Need we say more? We recommend pairing them with an essential hoodie for a full outfit they’ll never want to take off.
Eberjey PJ sets
Nothing says cozy quite like an indulgent pair of soft modal jersey pajamas, and Eberjey’s are the best we’ve ever worn: slouchy, cozy, and surprisingly polished even after many, many washes. The classic piped sets come in long and short versions, making them excellent even for people who live in warmer climates, and they come in two men’s styles too. After a long day of working from home, we guarantee you’ll feel cozier and more relaxed changing into one of these beautiful matching sets.
Emu Mayberry Slippers
Okay, we admit it: We’re absolutely in love with these gloriously soft and delightfully silly slippers from Emu Australia. The masters of cloud-soft Australian sheepskin footwear at Emu make incredibly insulated winter boots and some impressively fashionable cold-weather footwear, but this year we’re embracing life’s small delights with the whimsical Mayberry slipper. Fast Company designer Chelsea Schiff purchased these earlier this year and described them as “the key to my quarantine happiness.”
Lunya’s Robes and Cardigans
The relaxation geniuses at Lunya have it all figured out: Washable silk pajama sets, matching travel kits (complete with sleep mask) to the cutest wool pants we’ve ever seen. But if we’re really compiling our dream wish list, the number one slot would belong to the company’s gorgeously cozy robes and cardigans. The indulgently oversized wool sweaters are rich and heavy to keep out the cold but slouchy enough to look gorgeous wrapped up tight or untied and open. Behold: a bathrobe you could wear out to dinner.
North Face Campshire Hoodie
For those of us looking for a less glamorous and more practical coziness (Pennsylvania suburb-dweller here) the cold weather experts at the North Face have devised the Campshire P/O Hoodie, a hooded, quarter-zip fleece that is ready for pretty much anything. With the “warmest” rating on the North Face’s measurement scale, this cozy staple can be worn alone for running errands or layered underneath a jacket for longer outdoor activities.
Naadam Cashmere Hoodie
Looking to upgrade from normal sweats? Naadam’s hoodies dress up a quarantine staple with super soft 100% cashmere for an uber-comfy but more put-together feel, according to the Fast Company editor who has been living in her Naadam hoodie this past year. The direct-to-consumer company ethically sources Mongolian cashmere and sells it for a fraction of the price of normal retail in both men’s and women’s silhouettes. We recommend pairing it with a pair of cashmere joggers for a cozy set you’ll never want to take off.
Anthropologie Sophie Faux Fur Throw
Who doesn’t want a giant, cozy blanket to cuddle under all winter? We can’t think of anyone. The Sophie Faux Fur Throw from Anthropologie is soft, plush, and so much more stylish than your patterned fleece blankets sporting sports team logos. It comes in four beautiful shades, from a subdued grey to a beautiful blush to a bright, golden ochre—so you’re bound to find one that will fit your style. According to one FC editor, “This is the best throw I have ever owned in my life and is my go-to gifting item this year.” Works for us!
Everlane Cashmere Sweaters
We have gone on and on (and on and on) about how much we love Everlane’s cashmere sweaters, and we’d be remiss to leave them out of our coziest hits list. These winter workhorses come in every shape, style, and color you can imagine and are so classic and durable, you’ll will wear them for years to come. Trust us: We’ve filled our closets with them, and they’re going strong years later.
Outdoor Voices CloudKnit Staples
Cult workout gear purveyor Outdoor Voices knows a thing or two about cute and comfortable clothing, so it’s no surprise they make some of the most comfortable sweatpants—for men and women—that we’ve ever donned. The lightweight and breathable fabric is soft but light enough that you don’t find yourself sweating every time the heat kicks on. We were absolutely delighted when they expanded the line to include pants, hoodies, and short- and long-sleeved tees. One editor’s “ridiculously picky” husband is still raving about the pair of sweatpants she bought him for Christmas last year.
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