10 must-have things for people who are always cold in the AC
For when it's summer outside but winter inside.
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The summer brings its own set of unique challenges: On the one hand, the scorching sun makes us crave nothing but ice baths and popsicles. On the other, blasting the air conditioner (or living with someone who prefers the house to be on the nippy side) can be uncomfortable in its own right.
If you're someone who is always cold, it's a real struggle. This year, instead of locking away your winter sweaters in storage for the season or eschewing the chunky knit sweater section when you shop online, embrace the fact that things are going to get a little chilly inside with the AC. Fortunately, there are plenty of cozy items you can purchase to remedy that. Below are 10 of the most popular, from a top-rated pair of Ugg slippers to the sweatpants you'll want to live in all season long.
1. These plush slippers
Given that we tend to lose heat via our extremities, a cozy pair of slippers is a must when looking to stay warm. This best-selling par of booties features a thin rubber sole to prevent slipping, a handmade soft suede leather outer and a pile lining. Laces help increase ankle support, while one reviewer says they’re great at regulating the temperature of your toes: “I am in love with these slippers. They are extremely comfortable & I cannot figure this out, but they somehow keep my feet at the perfect temperature regardless of the weather."
2. This stunning scarf/wrap combo
A scarf works in multiple ways: It ties your outfit together, should that be something you’re interested in, and it coats you like a blanket. Wear this viscose scarf and wrap combo tied around your neck or draped around your shoulders for an airier feeling. Best of all, you’ll get plenty of use out of this scarf throughout the whole year, from brunches to formal weddings. One reviewer who calls it “soft, elegant, and versatile” says it also has a luxurious, silky feel to it and pairs well with virtually any outfit, whether you choose one almond, black or heather gray.
3. This summer-friendly kimono
If a chunky sweater is jarring to your system, opt instead for a floral, buttery soft kimono that drapes over your skin like a whisper. Made of sheer viscose, it’s ideal for those days you feel a slight draft emanating from the AC, or prefer to keep the window open on a windy day. Here’s why one reviewer deems it a summer essential: “The perfect piece for work at home (and out and about). Lovely and lightweight. It’s the perfect piece to dress up almost any outfit, as cute with crop flares as it is with a maxi dress. I love the balloon sleeves, I’m petite and it’s just the right amount of fabric without being overwhelming.”
4. These sweet, summery socks
I’m never not wearing socks. I always gravitate towards these fluffy socks with traction at the soles. It gives me the same warmth of a slipper while allowing for more range of motion and breathability. Made with microfiber and complete with a non-sag ankle band, they come in a swathe of summer-friendly colors so it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing ski socks in mid-July. Many five-star reviewers have purchased these socks as gifts, and report they get the job done and more: “They were a gift for my mother and she couldn’t be happier! They are warm but light, not bulky! She feels more secure walking because they are no-skid socks. A great buy and great price! Would purchase again!”
5. These must-have sweats
What’s most unique about these joggers is that they’re equally comfortable in the winter as they are in the summer when the A.C. is blasted just a tad too high for my comfort. They’re so soft that I would consider them fuzzy socks or pillows for your legs. Made of sustainable modal French terry and non-toxic dyes, they’re great for the planet and your wardrobe. They’re quite tailored for sweats or joggers (almost fitting like cuffed leggings), so size up if you’re looking for a looser fit.
6. This buttery-soft bathrobe
When a bedding company widens their inventory to include clothing and sleepwear, only the coziest, warmest designs ensue. The only thing on Earth that I can imagine as more comfortable than Nest bedding’s robe is a mother’s womb to a fetus. I find myself throwing it on and taking it off multiple times throughout the day to score that perfect body temperature. It’s made with the most velvety soft material designed to absorb moisture (read: you won’t get overheated and start sweating buckets). It includes two deep pockets big enough for your phone and a small book. One reviewer says “Picked mine up a few days ago and my wife already stole it from me. Going to need another.”
7. These wildly popular Nordstrom Moonlight pajamas
Fashion rules go out the (open) window during quarantine. That means pajamas are perfectly acceptable all-day attire. Made of modal and Spandex, this best-selling PJ set with over 1,400 reviews is a great bet. Featuring a thin notch collar that won’t poke you while you sleep, a front button closure, and piping along the hem for that classic, old school look, you’ll feel surprisingly put together while you work and play from home. One of its many five-star reviewers explains why these pajamas rock: “I have three pairs of jams from this company. So comfortable and they give coverage without being too warm. I like that because we run AC much of the time. Will hope to have this style and comfort available for years to come!”
8. These fuzzy UGG slides
To stay warm during unpredictable weather while also giving your toes some wiggle room, this uber popular pair of UGG slides with over 3,300 reviews is a summer must. Featuring a modest 1.5-inch wedge heel and ankle strap, they offer the support of a shoe and the comfort of a slipper thanks to a pillow-soft sheepskin upper. They come in 20 colors (each one more gorgeous than the next), and reviewers consistently rave over how well they fit: “I just received them today ,but I am so in love with these already. They are so cute and comfy. I lucked out and got the last pair of pick ones and they were in my size (go figure), and I love the little wedge on it.”
9. This trendy cropped hoodie
A cropped hoodie provides just the right amount of warmth without overwhelming the rest of your body like an oversized hoodie might. This low-commitment comfort solution is made of the softest French terry fabric and includes a hood, which is definitely a more summer-friendly alternative to wearing a tuque in your own home. The brand calls this 4.5-starred sweater a “slight” crop, so it’s a perfect transition piece if you haven’t gotten comfortable with the cropped trend yet (it took me a few tries to not feel so exposed, but it’s now my go-to top option when paired with high-waisted jeans or joggers!). Reviewers who otherwise love the hoodie say not to dry it so it doesn’t shrink—unless, of course—you want to give it another quick crop.
10. This fleece throw
Fleece might not seem compatible with the summer months, but when it’s presented in as thin a layer as this Bedsure blanket, it’s more of a gentle drape than an asphyxiating weight on your skin. I use my Amazon best-selling Bedsure blanket (boasting over 22,000 reviews) as either a second comforter on my bed or a layer on my lap or shoulder while reading. Heck, I drag it around the house with me so often it’s basically a security blanket at this point. Available in 26 colors, it’s the perfect addition to your WFH routine and ongoing home décor project.
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