Women's jeans

Straight leg, boot cut, legging jeans or skinnies – which jeans are the warmest?

When the temperatures start dropping and the first cold autumn days arrive, you'll probably put away your summery clothes and start thinking about how you'll survive the months ahead. Jeans can keep you warm in the winter, but not every pair is up to the task of protecting you from the cold, so dress smart to survive until the sun returns and you can reach for your sandals again.

Staying snug in skinnies

Clothes that fit close to the body trap heat and help keep you toasty. This goes for skinny jeans as well, but if yours are made from ultra-thin denim, they might not do a great job. Look for some made from thicker denim if staying warm is your top priority. You can also try wearing nylons under your skinnies, too. For even more coverage, skip the sneakers and ankle boots for a leather pair that reach to your knees – they'll look as good as they feel.

The problem with leggings

Those thin legging jeans that you love wearing in the summer will probably leave you freezing cold in the winter. To avoid feeling like a popsicle, look for legging jeans (also known as "jeggings" that are made from high-tech fabric designed to combat the cold and wick away moisture in case you start perspiring once you're indoors. You can also try lined leggings or some made from fleece or wool.

Making do in boyfriend jeans

With their relaxed fit, boyfriend jeans are always stylish. But in the winter, they might take you from cool to downright cold. Since they aren't skin tight, you can easily layer them, though. Wear those not-warm-enough leggings underneath and you'll find yourself feeling nice and cozy when the snow is falling. If your jeans have holes in them, let your favorite patterned leggings peek through.

Surviving in straight leg jeans

The average pair of straight leg jeans isn't particularly warm, but thicker denim will feel nicer than something thin and lightweight. You can also try jeans lined with flannel, which are amazing on freezing, windy days when you can feel the cold in your bones. Just add a wool sweater and a turtleneck and you'll be ready for whatever Mother Nature throws your way.

Coping with cropped jeans

Unless you live somewhere with mild winters, cropped jeans won't cut it in January and February. Put them away to avoid frostbitten ankles, or wear them with tall boots that don't leave any skin exposed and some thick wool socks if you can. And always make sure the denim is weighty enough to guard against the frosty air.

Braving winter in a boot cut

Look for boot cut jeans that have a slim fit to hold in body heat. Since they flare around the ankle, make sure to wear them with warm socks (try a pair in cashmere that reach to your knees for a little luxury) and some sturdy boots that shield your ankles – the more of you that's covered, the better. Also, skip the low-rise cuts and go for something with a high waist to protect your midriff from the cold and heat up your core.

Completing your outfit

Staying cozy doesn't stop with your jeans – add a few other smart pieces to your outfit if you want to survive winter without chattering teeth and numb fingers. Get a long coat that goes down to your thighs (if not further) and wear lined boots that are made for winter weather. A hat, scarf and gloves will help, too. And a longer shirt, like a wool sweater that falls over your derriere, will feel amazing when the snow is falling – you can even wear a t-shirt or turtleneck underneath if needed.

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