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Oh, hello, winter. Yes, we see you...rearing your ugly head and promising to wreak havoc on us all.

Luckily, this year there?s a secret weapon for battling the season in style: Columbia Sportswear.

Columbia has long been a purveyor of intelligent, good-looking outdoor gear and apparel. (Since 1938, in case you were wondering.) And the 2013 collection is better than ever.

Take the warm and water-repellent Whirlibird jacket: The comfortable fit and fully seam-sealed shell blocks the chill even during vigorous outdoor activities. (Power-walking to Starbucks is totally an aerobic activity.) Or go for the Minx Moccasin boots, which can turn even loathsome tasks like snow shoveling into fashionable affairs. And as for the times when you need cold-weather garb that?s also work-appropriate, try the slim faux-fur-lined Carson Pass Jacket. It?s way better than your frumpy puffer, we promise.

Check out the Columbia store at 830 N. Michigan Ave. or Columbia.com for more must-have winter staples, and head over to PureWow?s Columbia Pinterest board for a chance to win one of three $250 Columbia gift cards--all you have to do is post a pic of your favorite Columbia product.

Now get back to enjoying fall while you still can.

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