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    23 Winter Basics That'll Make The Cold Weather Suck Way Less

    They might not make summer come any sooner, but these basics will keep you warm and comfy until it does.

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    1. Layer up with these mid-weight moisture-wicking thermal pants — like long johns, but cooler.

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    Get a pair on Amazon Canada for $22.99+ (also available in red and navy).

    2. Treat yourself to a super-soft cashmere sweater, in a classic V-neck.

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    The slightly tapered fit works tucked into your favourite high-waisted jeans, or paired with a midi skirt.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $129.90 (available in sizes XS-XXL, and in eight colours).

    3. This plaid blanket scarf is the perfect cold weather companion: wear like a scarf, a shawl, or even use it as a blanket.

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    You can even use it as a make-shift hood if you forget your toque at home.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $16.50+ (available in 11 colours).

    4. This thermal henley works great with jeans and a blazer, or layered under your favourite cozy sweatshirt on an extra snowy day.

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    The flat seams will ensure there's no chafing, and it's shrinkage controlled, so it'll retain its shape no matter how many times you wash it.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $18.36+ (also available in black and grey).

    5. A pair of fleece-lined leggings that'll keep you warm and stylish, even in the midst of a polar vortex.

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    They're high-waisted so you never have to worry about a cold breeze sneaking in.

    Get two pairs on Amazon Canada for $22.80+ (also available in other colour sets).

    6. Some touchscreen leather gloves, so your fingers won't freeze while you're surfing the 'gram at the bus station.

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    Get a pair on Amazon Canada for $39.99 (available in sizes S-XXL, two colours and two styles).

    7. This basic crewneck sweatshirt (made of recycled plastic water bottles!) that will keep you toasty in the winter.

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    It's machine washable, and it's light enough to layer.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $10.99 (available in sizes S-5XL, and in 17 colours).

    8. Everyone knows layers are the key to successful cold weather dressing, and this four-pack of camisoles will be just the thing to help keep you comfy-cozy when the temperature drops.

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    With a flattering scoop neck and adjustable straps, these are sure to become a solid base for your next outfit.

    Get a pack of four on Amazon Canada for $24.30+ (available in sizes XS-XXL, and eight colour combination packs).

    9. A zip-up performance hoodie that'll keep you (and your muscles) warm during those early morning runs.

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    With its snug fit and ribbed cuffs, it's about to make running in sub-zero temperatures a lot cozier.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $43.62+ (available in sizes XS-XL, and in seven colours).

    10. Sunny days may be infrequent, but that harsh winter glare is no joke. Protect your eyeballs with these classic wire-framed sunglasses that'll block out harmful UVA and UVB rays and filter out sunlight glare.

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    Get a pair on Amazon Canada for $17.99+ (available in five colours).

    11. When you're looking for a one-and-done outfit, look no further than this oversized sweatshirt tunic dress. It's great for those days when just the thought of getting out of bed is exhausting, or when you want to be comfortable but still put together. And it has pockets!!!

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $14.53+ (available in sizes S-XXXL, in 15 colours, and in v-neck or crew neck options).

    12. This long-sleeved T-shirt will look just as good under your thickest, wooliest sweater, as it will under a stylish blazer.

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    With its elongated hem, it can be tucked into a pair of high-waisted pants or left to peek out from under a colour-coordinated sweater.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $14+ (available in sizes XS-XXL, and in 17 colours).

    13. Toss on this skinny cashmere scarf when you want to give your outfit a fun pop of colour but you don't want any extra bulk around your neck.

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    The dense knit will still keep your neck toasty warm without weighing you down.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $39.90+ (available in four colours).

    14. Celebrate those cozy weekend activities with this graphic sweatshirt that will literally never go out of style.

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    It's 100% cotton, machine washable, and the contrasting collar and cuffs match the lettering of the graphic. It's the easiest top you'll ever own.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $54.94 (available in sizes XS-L).

    15. A classic ribbed winter hat that comes in over 50 different colours, so you can buy one to go with just about every outfit.

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $4.20+ (available in 60 colours).

    16. No Canadian tuxedo is complete without a classic denim jacket, and this one from denim classic Wrangler is no exception. Wear it as a jacket now, and as a mid layer later in the season.

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    Its slightly tapered fit creates a more flattering silhouette, and with just a hint of spandex, you'll never feel restricted or confined.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $38.99+ (available in sizes S-XL, and in two colours).

    17. This lightweight turtleneck is great under a light jacket now, or layered under your favourite sweatshirt come December.

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    It's 100% cotton and machine washable, too, so it's extra low-maintenance.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $17.84+ (available in sizes XXS-XXXL, and in four colours).

    18. This pair of plush knit mittens, made of a warm wool blend to keep your hands warm and toasty.

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    Customers love how soft and cozy they are.

    Get a pair on Amazon Canada for $16.99+ (available in 12 colours and in four colour sets).

    19. This pair of slim-fitting jeans is a necessity — they're great paired with cute sneakers, tucked into knee-high boots, or worn with a pair of heels for a night out.

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    The stretch denim retains its shape so it never bags or sags, no matter what activities you're doing.

    Get a pair on Amazon Canada for $13.83+ (available in sizes 0-18, three length styles, and 35 washes and colours).

    20. This packable down coat is one of the most versatile items to have in your closet. It's great for travel, or as an emergency layer to keep in your bag for when the afternoon weather turns unexpectedly gross.

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    It's water-repellant, and has zip pockets so you never have to worry about losing your keys or your phone. It also has stretch tape inside the cuffs and hem to keep that pesky winter wind out.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $85.39 (available in sizes XS-XXXL, and in eight colours).

    21. Fall and winter are still full of opportunities for physical activity, so snag yourself this basic performance long-sleeved tee that'll keep you dry whether you're tobogganing, apple picking, or just wandering around the city.

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    Not only does the fabric dry faster, but with advanced odour protection, you never have to worry about any ~musty~ smells. Plus it's machine washable!

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $11.69+ (available in sizes S-XXL, and in six colours).

    22. Stay warm and toasty from top to bottom with this pom-pom'd wool beanie.

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    Anyone who's ever experienced winter knows the benefits of a good toasty chapeau. And the pom-pom is detachable for washing!

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $23.99 (available in seven colours).

    23. And this pair of genuine sheepskin mittens for those days when the air hurts your face.

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    Get a pair on Amazon Canada for $49.99 (available in sizes XS/S and M/L).

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