The Canadian winter wear brands to layer when it's cold AH(eck)

Wear just one or all together

Wear just one or all together

Whether you're living in Toronto, Fredericton or Prince George, one thing is guaranteed: winter is coming. After the phases of denial, sadness and acceptance, the only thing left to do is to start layering. When it comes to dressing for Canadian winters, more really is more. But where to begin? Right here. From tees to parkas and boots, we've rounded-up the top Canadian brands to pile on and keep warm from head to toe. Who better to know? See for yourself ahead and bundle up.

The Parka

If you're tired of the Canadian Goose jacket that's everywhere, it's time for something new. Enter: Woods, a Canadian company founded in 1895 to supply pioneers with gear designed to withstand the frontier's harsh elements. Fast-forward to today; Woods' parkas are made with goose down for optimal warmth, and a waterproof finish for dryness. They're durable enough for hours outdoors and sleek enough to layer on the way to brunch.

Woods Women's Louise Down Parka, $550, sportcheck.ca

The Tee

Every warm winter outfit depends on a good foundation: the t-shirt. What you're looking for is something comfy and easy to layer. Club Monaco's heritage tees make the ultimate '90s throwback style statement. Available in basic shades like grey, white and navy, they're ideal for lounging at home with hot chocolate and holiday movies. When you're ready to head out, try pairing the substantial cotton tee with a cardigan and let the logo peek out.

CM Crest Tee, $49, clubmonaco.ca

The Boots

As you know, the right pair of boots can make all the difference come wintertime. Not all are created equally winter-weather friendly. But these hiking-inspired combat-like boots deliver on style without compromising warmth. Finished with a tractor sole for maximum grip in snow, they're lined with soft cotton inside and cool shearling detailing around the ankles. Better lace up now, it's going to be a cold one.

Aldo Uleladda boots, $140, aldoshoes.com

The Leggings

Dashing through the snow? Consider a pair of leggings specifically designed for Canada's winter conditions. Made with soft-brushed tech fleece, Lululemon's high-rise leggings will keep you warm whether you're out for a jog or a quick stop at the mall. They're engineered to feel like a warm embrace and have added lycra for an ultra flattering fit, so you can wear them with just about anything and everything. And with three colour ways, good luck choosing just one.

Lululemon Fast As Fleece Tight  28", $138, shop.lululemon.com

The Sweatshirt

The hoodie has become an elevated staple for everyday layering, and this version by The Legends League has the cool factor you want to dress it up or down this winter.  Constructed in Canada from Canadian milled lightweight cotton terry, it teams easily with track pants and heels or under an off-the-shoulder bomber. Added bonus: freezing hands hands can find warmth in the kangaroo pouch.

The Legends League Heartbroken Lightweight Hooded Sweatshirt, $130, shop.thelegendsleague.com

The Hat

Most winter days, a hat is just not optional. It's a basic that you'll wear all the time, which means you want something really warm and cozy. That's not to say you have to compromise on style, because when you opt for a cable knit in an unexpected shade dusty pinkish-beige you definitely don't have to. It's the right kind of feminine accessory to pair with sportier puffers this season. And if you're having a bad hair day, now nobody has to know about it.

Frank and Oak Chunky Cable Stitch Toque in Dusty Café Crème, $35, frankandoak.com

The Sweater

Whether you're looking for some cable knit or turtleneck, the sweater makes for the ultimate essential when cool temperatures hit. Given that it's such a winter staple, we suggest sticking to something classic with a twist that you can wear again and again. Take Wilfred Free's merino wool pullover in black, which gets a modern update with voluminous sleeves and a cropped hemline. Be sure to wear it with high-waisted pants before hitting the cool outdoors.

Wilfred Free Lolan Sweater, $110, aritzia.com

The Sneakers

If there's something to say about winter whites, these faux sheepskin sneakers say it all. Of course, once the snow hits, you'll have to save them for cottage nights in. Until then, if you're going to wear sneakers, they may as well be lined with a sheepskin-like layer for extra comfort and warmth. Better yet, wear them with a pair of cashmere blend socks for the ultimate combo. All that's left to do is kick up your feet and relax.

Call It Spring Eloessi Sneakers, $50, callitspring.com

The Scarf

No winter outfit is complete without a scarf as a finishing touch. Though the options are endless, this season, the chunky knit reigns supreme. Why? Well, for starters it's made from wool that will actually keep you warm. Also, this version has been inspired by the Canadian company's famous cabin socks, so it's just as stylish as it is practical, and let's be honest, that's just as important. If you want one, get in early, because these babies sell out every single year.

Roots Cabin Scarf, $58, roots.com