Keeping Warm Thanks to My Athleta Base Layer.

Keeping Warm Thanks to My Athleta Base Layer.

Keeping warm is my one priority during winter, which is why I’ve never been more grateful to discover my Athleta base layer.

This year is the year of no limits, and the year that I plan on falling in love with all things in life, including winter. For years, I have hated this season, choosing hot chocolate, cozy sweats, and a spot by the heater over venturing outdoors. But, this year, that all has changed with my new outlook on life.

The only concern I had was how to stay warm, as I am someone who is constantly cold. Even the air conditioning in the summer can be too much for me, so I was a little worried about how I would enjoy my time outdoors when the cold and I are bitter enemies.


That was until I discovered how effective layering can be, starting with a base layer, something I loathed as a child. I remember getting ready to ski and putting on ugly thermals. They were always uncomfortable under my clothes, and I hated wearing them, so I stopped going outdoors unless I had to. Sounds like a stupid reason to hibernate, but I’m a little picky about what I wear; even if I am the only person seeing it.

Luckily, I have learned to shop at Athleta for all my outdoor needs, and they have some seriously cute clothes, even in terms of base layers. Clearly, they understood me and my winter-weather fashion issues. In fact, I actually had a hard time narrowing down which base layer I loved the most, but eventually their Double Dip Tights and Top won me over.

Failed jumping attempt base layer modeling.

A little pre-hike base layer modeling.

After weeks of being disappointed by warm weather, which was definitely a first, I was finally able to put my new Athleta base layer to the test this past weekend on my first winter hike; I have to tell you, I absolutely fell in love.

Not only is the pattern cute enough that it could be worn, dare I say it, on its own, but even in weather that was 23°F, not once did I feel cold; I did mention that I am ALWAYS cold, right? But, with these underneath a sweater, jacket, and Athleta’s Snow Cruiser pants, I was completely comfortable for the three-hours I spent outdoors.

Made with wool, polypropylene, and spandex, the base layer fit true to size and stayed in place while I was moving. More importantly, not once did I feel like Randy in A Christmas Story, which was my biggest fear. Honestly, aside from never feeling the cold, I barely felt like I was wearing more than one layer.


Thanks to Athleta and their adorable apparel, I was actually able to get out there and fully enjoy this weekend. Despite the chill in the air, it was a beautiful day, one that I would have missed out on had I chosen to lock myself indoors. Maybe falling in love with winter won’t be as hard as I thought, especially since I’ll get to look good no matter how cold it gets.

A special thanks to Athleta for helping me tolerate the winter by letting me sample their base layer. As always the opinions are my own. Did I mention that I am considering wearing these at all times for the rest of the winter? Because I am.

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Comments (24)

  1. Leah Travels

    I bought several pieces from Athleta when I went to New Zealand last winter. Not only were the tops warm, but I was the most fashionable person hiking the Fox Glacier. 😉 I needed some of those bottoms for skiing in Switzerland last week. I’ll be going back, so maybe I can catch them on sale.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Isn’t their stuff the best? I brought so much of it to Africa. I think the top and bottoms are on sale now, and I definitely suggest getting them. 🙂

  2. Anita Mac

    Glad to hear you out enjoying the winter weather! A great base layer makes all the difference. Kudos to going out for your photo shoot with no socks though – my poor feet are burrowing deeper into the blanket as I read!

    1. The World Wanderer

      I think I lost my mind…I had this vision…one that didn’t work! Oh, well, either way, it wasn’t my wisest move. At least the rest of my body was warm! 🙂

  3. Eileen

    It’s about time someone made stylish and comfortable clothes for activities.
    Will definitely have to check it out.
    Great review!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thank you! 🙂 I agree, definitely go check it out!

  4. thelazytravelers

    so wish you posted this before our trip to switzerland in december! would have loved some of those tights to wear under our clothes every day. must invest for next winter, OR YOU KNOW, when nyc decides to dip into sub-zero temperatures again. xo!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Oh, they would’ve been perfect for Switzerland! It may be warm now, but get a pair just in case. I can see it staying cold for a while before spring decides to show up.

  5. Jeff

    So great to see you enjoying the winter! Especially with a little style. 🙂

  6. Jacqueline

    Looking good (and warm), Erin! 🙂

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thank you! Very warm – thank goodness!

  7. D.J. - The World of Deej

    Good tips…of course, this stuff would be completely wasted down here in Florida.

    1. The World Wanderer

      So true and not for anything, these are probably more suited for MJ. 😉

  8. @mrsoaroundworld

    this is good to know!! I shall look them up when im next in the USA

    1. The World Wanderer

      Definitely do! They have such cute clothes!

  9. Traveling Ted

    I am going out to run in 15 degree weather in honor of this post.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Oh gosh, Ted! And, I bet you’ll be wearing a lot less layers than I do just in my everyday life! I love it, haha.

  10. Natalie @ In Natalie's Shoes

    Super cute layering pieces! I perused the site and love the eggplant color! Definitely getting a pair for Paris in December. Good looking out 🙂

    1. The World Wanderer

      That’s what I got! You are going to love them! 🙂

  11. Kieu ~ GQ trippin

    Double dip tights and tops just sounds cool! Where were these when I was in Europe and South America?!!

    1. The World Wanderer

      I know, but at least now you know about them for the future. 🙂 Life saver!

  12. lola

    you are too cute! staying warm is key to enjoying things in the wintertime & looking good cannot be compromised. lola has spoken 😉

    1. The World Wanderer

      And, this is why I love you, Lola! xxx

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