Winter Clothing Vocabulary
This unisex cap can be more bulky, like a sweater, or more athletic-looking. They can also be oversized, like the one pictured below, or more form-fitting.
“Hoodie” is a broad term for shirts with a hood. They can have a zipper, like the one pictured below, or not. Most have large pockets in the front for your hands. Hoodies with zippers are also sometimes called “zip-ups.”
Leggings come in all colors and patterns. Some are thicker; some are thin or sheer.
Pea coats were originally part of the U.S. Navy uniform; today, they are a fashion statement for men or women.
Like the word “hoodie,” the term “pullover” is very generic: it can be applied to any sweater that you pull over your head. Traditionally, the pullover was a bulky, “dorky” sweater, like the ones worn by nerdy characters in Christmas movies. Today, they are again a fashion statement.
“UGG” is actually the name of the Australian boot company that first produced the warm, furry boots that so many people love. Today, the name applies to any type of boot produced in that same style.
If the sweatshirt has a zipper, it can be called a “zip-up.”
Now that you know the names of the clothing worn in cold weather, what about cold weather plans? A chilly day is a great excuse for going to a coffee shop and studying. Both San Diego and San Francisco have some cozy, inviting cafes: check them out!
Cozy cafes in San Diego
Cafe Calabria3933 30th St
(between University Ave & Lincoln Ave)
San Diego, CA 92104
Neighborhood: North Park
This Italian-run coffee shop in North Park is a great place to relax and grab an espresso, cappuccino, or even a glass of wine. If you get hungry, check out their delicious pizzas baked in their wood-fired oven. Very Italian!
Lestats3343 Adams Ave
(between 33rd St & Felton St)
San Diego, CA 92116
Neighborhood: Normal Heights
This cozy cafe in Normal Heights is one of the more famous cafes in San Diego, and is frequented by locals. Guests lounge in sofas and read, work on laptops, or play games with friends in this very charming place.
The Olive Cafe805 Santa Clara Pl
(between Bayside Ln & Mission Blvd)
San Diego, CA 92109
What was once a very small cafe has expanded: the owner purchased the cafe next door and turned both locations into a larger restaurant. It is a good thing: the food was so good that customers would happily wait a very long time for a seat! This is a great place to grab a coffee and some breakfast or lunch when you are spending a day in Mission Beach.
Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffee House835 W Harbor Dr
(between Broadway & Kettner Blvd)
San Diego, CA 92101
Even San Diego locals are surprised to find that Seaport Village has a bookstore: Upstart Crow is truly a hidden gem! Part bookstore, part knick-knack shop, part cafe . . . Upstart is an incredibly charming place to get a coffee and curl up with a new book.
Cozy cafes in San Francisco
Joy’s Place611 Post St
(between Taylor St & Trader Vic Aly)
San Francisco, CA 94109
Free wi-fi, inventive drinks like the Sweet Tea Latte, and an inviting atmosphere make Joy’s a popular cafe for many San Franciscans.
Nook1500 Hyde St
(at Jackson St)
San Francisco, CA 94109
Neighborhood: Nob Hill
Cafe Capriccio2200 Mason St
(between Chestnut St & Water St)
San Francisco, CA 94133
Neighborhood: North Beach/Telegraph Hill
Cover image from Shamrock Arts on Etsy.