Published on december 22, 2020

21 Outdoor & Trendy Winter Clothing Brands to Layer On ASAP

written by Team thredUP

Nothing says winter like frosty car windows, a daily addiction to hot chocolate, AND…winter clothes! There’s no escaping the shivers and brrrrrrs this season, even if you live in a moderate climate. Whether you’re looking for a functional winter coat from a top cold-weather brand like The North Face, a heavy-duty ski jacket from the best winter sports brands like REI, or stylish winter outerwear from a trendy brand like Forever 21, you’ll find everything you need to know about the best winter clothing styles right here.

1. The North Face

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The North Face sets the standard for premium, high-performance outerwear. Designed for all kinds of weather, even extreme conditions, the iconic brand is known for its weather-proof jackets, stylish puffer coats, waterproof boots, and sleek rainwear. Because of the high-quality fabrics and durable materials, The North Face is an amazing secondhand find. If you see something, snap it upit won’t last long!

2. Patagonia

We have a lot of love for Patagonia. With similar values and a shared mission toward environmental and social responsibility, Patagonia is one of the leaders in sustainable fashion (like thredUP!). Look for forever-lasting quality, recycled fabrics, and their Ironclad Guarantee, where you can basically return or repair any item for life. Their signature items like the Synchilla Pullover, the Nano Puff Jacket, and the Better Sweater Vest are truly lifetime style investments. We definitely think a Patagonia jacket is worth saving a couple of searches for (hint, hint).

3. Eddie Bauer

Eddie Bauer is a classic brand with a history of well-made basics. Less fashion-y and more outdoor recreation in look and feel, Eddie Bauer offers sporty pieces for any climate. Conquer the cold in jackets and parkas built for ultimate performance.

4. Canada Goose

Canada Goose is the cool girl’s go-to for when the temperature drops below freezing (like -22°F freezing!). Equal parts stylish and functional, Canada Goose jackets are packed with duck down, made of water-resistant cotton, and trimmed with fur to keep you comfy in even the harshest conditions. Look out for the fan-favorite, Rossclair Parka, it’s a definite must-have! 

5. J. Crew

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Known for their chic, preppy style, J.Crew is a master at winter wear. They’ve got you covered in cashmere crewnecks, cocoon coats, V-neck sweaters, fuzzy slippers, and more. Look for fun pop-colors that will instantly turn the drab of winter into a colorful wonderland.

6. Marmot

Avid hikers will already be fans of the mountaineering brand Marmot. This performance outerwear label offers everything you need for a trip up any summit or up the street to the grocery store. The most sought-after styles to watch for include Marmot’s fur-trimmed hooded puffer coats filled with power down, ribbed parkas, and zip jackets with GORE-TEX technology to keep you warm and dry wherever you go.

7. Old Navy

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You can’t go wrong with classics. Old Navy is known for their everyday staples and trendy styles for the whole family at a great price. And their winter clothing is of no exception. See the softest fleece, winter-perfect plaids, bomber jackets, faux-fur trim hooded parkas, frost-free puffer jackets, and so much more. Don’t forget all the fun extras, too: cozy-lined socks, fringed scarves, pom-pom beanies, and knit gloves for everyone on your list.

The cherry on top? Old Navy has a great plus size selection—affordable and inclusive, our favorite pairing! For more curvy girl goodies that have a similar price point and classic vibe as Old Navy, look to Torrid for plus size winter clothes that will look and feel great.

8. REI

Equipped for skiing, snowboarding, hiking, kayaking, and more, REI is our favorite go-to for all our outdoor needs. You’ll find a variety of outerwear essentials including fleece zip jackets, down puffer jackets, thick-lined parkas, and more. Plus, a 100% satisfaction guaranteed policy for new products. REI gets extra brownie points from us for their sustainability efforts too. They have an amazing buy-back program and Used Gear program which offers its members a more sustainable and affordable way to score pre-loved outdoor gear!

9. Mountain Hardwear

Whether you’re scaling a mountain or out for a weekend hike, you can do both comfortably in gear from Mountain Hardwear. Gear up for a day out in the cold with slimming long-sleeves with moisture-wicking technology, snug leggings, and cozy down puffer jackets. For your off-duty days, you can also turn to Mountain Hardwear for comfy basics for lounging.

10. Gap

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Gap is your one-stop shop for all things cold-weather related. Minimalist, clean, modern design shows up on all their winter must-haves—metallic puffers, quilted parkas, sleek turtlenecks, cozy pullovers, and so much more. Get the best prices at thredUP, where you can always find hundreds of Gap styles at unbelievable prices.

11. Columbia

Made for people who are passionate about the outdoors, Columbia’s high-performance clothing offers ample protection against the elements. Keep an eye out for their weather-proof zip jackets with reflective trims, or highly-coveted fleece jackets. If you’re looking for thermal for layering or even a massive snow jacket, Columbia is a MUST-GET if you see any piece land on thredUP.

12. Banana Republic

Need another brand that offers the perfect balance of function and form? Look to Banana Republic, where you’ll find sophisticated separates, sweater dresses, cashmere sweaters, and wool trousers. Their polished style offers every kind of outerwear from cozy sherpa jackets to chic leather jackets to refined wool overcoats. Here’s your new go-to brand for elevated casual winter looks. 

13. Ann Taylor / LOFT

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Ann Taylor and sister brand LOFT are go-to brands when it comes to impeccable tailoring and wardrobe essentials. Take their signature styles from day to night with ease. Find feminine silhouettes, cozy ponchos, reversible capes, wrap coats, and cold-weather accessories. Ann Taylor is available in all sizes including tall, curvy, and petite.

Another favorite with the professional crowd is Talbots. They offer stylish basics in statement colors and patterns. From zip-up blazers and Shetland jackets to wool coats and ruffle-front puffers, each Talbots piece is detail-oriented and brings a fun twist to a classic.

14. Helly Hansen

This Norway-based brand makes long-lasting products for the harshest of weather conditions. By making their outerwear with 80% recycled materials, Helly Hansen allows all people to wear their brand with sustainability in mind. Look for their ultra lightweight base layers to wear underneath their versatile insulated jackets, suitable for adventures anywhere from skiing in the mountains to sailing at sea.

15. Black Diamond

When it comes to skiing and climbing, Black Diamond is pretty hard to beat. Most loved for their sleek outerwear and warm fleeces, Black Diamond is a go-to for adrenaline-junkies worldwide. Be sure to also check out their outdoor accessoriesgloves, hats, gaiters, and more!

16. Outdoor Research

Outdoor Research is a one-stop shop for all things outdoors. This Seattle-based brand is devoted to endless exploration and seeks to give its community the best gear to do so. Whatever your sport or activity, you can count on Outdoor Research to have what you’re looking for at an affordable price.

17. Forever 21

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Forever 21 is your best bet for trendier styles that have a bit of an edge. Embroidered floral bombers, faux fur vests, swingy silhouettes, shearling jackets, high-shine puffers. If you’re looking for basics, you won’t find them here. Stand out in fun silhouettes that guarantee you’ll be the center of attention.

For a slightly higher price point but even more edgy looks, you’ll find the cutest winter coats, soft worn-in hoodies, and vintage-inspired sherpa jackets at boho brands like Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters for both women’s and juniors. For those who want a little prairie flair even in the dead of winter, these brands will do the job (and more!).

18. Mammut

Mammut’s outdoor clothing is the perfect mixture of style and function. The brand’s unique technology, called the Phase Weave, combines multiple pieces of fabric into one material, giving it a style and durability. This high-quality brand also comes with a high price tag, so if you find it on thredUP, be sure to snatch it up quick!

19. Salomon

Founded in the French Alps, Salomon is a leading outdoor brand worldwide. Best known for its downhill ski gear and running shoes, Salomon makes functional and stylish outerwear for every activity you can think of. From trail running, hiking, climbing, and skiing, this brand will keep you warm all day without bulking up.

20. Jack Wolfskin

This outdoor clothing brand is known as ‘The North Face’ of Europe. Known for its attention to quality and focus on the environment, Jack Wolfskin makes all its products from recycled plastic. (Sustainability points for the win!). Their best shell jackets are made from their signature Textapore material, which offers unbeatable waterproof protection against all of the elements. 

21. FRYE Footwear

If hardy boots aren’t on your winter checklist, you’re doing something wrong. If anything, a sleek pair of Chelsea boots or cute lace-up booties should be at the very top of your list. Not to worry, the leather craftsmen at FRYE are stepping in to help make sure your tootsies are warm and snug this winter. You’ll find all your leather-clad needs met with their vast selection including supple leather booties, durable hikers, and leg-lengthening over-the-knee boots (the silhouette that’s ALWAYS trending).

Any brands we left out that you love? Tell us in the comments below.