How to: Look Cute and Stay Warm in the ColdThursday, January 29, 2015
After freezing my butt off in Italy and New York last year, I wanted to be ready for Alaska! So I did a lot of research!! This is a compilation of all of the most useful stuff I found (tried and true). Enjoy!
THE FIVE BEST TRICKS TO STAYING WARM IN THE COLD
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1. Thermals. Base Layers. Long Underwear.
Let's stick to calling them thermals. Thermals are great because you wear them under your clothes. They are pretty much invisible if you're careful to get clothing that covers it properly. There are a bunch of different materials and colors used for thermals. Silk, fleece, wool, etc. There are levels such as lightweight, mid-weight and heavyweight. There are also types of thermals for different activities. Don't get thermals made of cotton if you plan on doing anything active. When you sweat, cotton absorbs it but also stays wet and when it is freezing cold, you DO NOT WANT TO BE WET! You will lose body heat extremely fast. Cotton thermals are okay if you are lounging about the house or wearing them to bed. In prep for Alaska, I decided to get fleece thermals from CuddlDuds: Top, Bottom in Small though in retrospect I could have gotten XS. They have a really huge selection though I wish their tops had bigger necklines, like scoop neck.
You can find TONS more info about thermals here.
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Layers are one of the greatest things to ever happen. Just think about it. Delicious: triple layered cakes. Stylish: layering a pea coat over a sweater over a denim shirt. Volumizing: layered haircuts. Beauty: layered foundation for better coverage. Or layered eyeshadows for a multi-dimensional effect. Like wow.
I always knew it was good to wear layers, but I didn't know why. I honestly didn't even think it made much sense. Why don't I just wear one heavy coat or sweater? Multiple layers are better than one big jacket because they trap heat in between each layer. I found a video about a guy in Siberia and he said he had to wear 4 heavy layers on his legs, torso, feet and head because it was negative 50 degrees Farenheit! So common sense = the colder it is, the more layers you should wear. Fleece is also the best layering material. Even though it's sporty so it will probably not go with much. Again, in prep for Alaska I bought a fleece jacket and vest from The North Face. Merino wool (merino wool is softer than regular wool) and cashmere are also very good.
Here are some other great choices:
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3. Hand Warmers. Toe Warmers. Heated Insoles.
Goodies!!! These things are relatively cheap (but amazing). Instead of running to buy a hot coffee or tea just to keep your hands warm (which also cools down considerably quickly) just think ahead and buy some hand warmers. Good hand warmers stay warm for about 5 to 8 hours. They are disposable so if you are worried about the environment, I'd suggest buying these only if you are really going to need them! Toe warmers and heated insoles are very good too because you can sneak them in your shoes as long as you are wearing closed toe shoes and if it is freezing why wouldn't you?
Some of the ones I've tried personally (and loved) are:
The "shell" is just your outermost layer. Ideally your shell layer has another type of insulation, like 500+ goose down or polyester/polyfill. Even better if it is wind resistant and waterproof. But then we are getting into the sportier, puffy style jackets. So I say if you are just trying to look snazzy in a frigid city, make sure you are wearing your thermals, and other great layers + hand warmers and such. Then wear a nice big wool coat on top. Go for a fun color or print to give your look more pop. If you are on the slopes though, some great styles include:
Tons more info on layers and insulation here.
Great wool coats (most coats are on sale right now):
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Do not undermine the power of accessories! Our hands, feet and especially our head very easily affect our body temperatures! Wear a hat made of knit materials, one of the most popular winter hats are beanies of course! And don't forget gloves, you can stick hand warmers in your gloves! Did you know they even have battery operated socks? Of course you can find battery operated pants, vests, jackets, but then you are getting into tricky stuff with wires and everything. The only thing about battery operated socks is I think they have a high likelihood of not working right or breaking and it doesn't seem like a lot of reliable sellers have them. Also the battery sticks out quite obviously unless you have thick high boots to cover it. As for regular winter socks, you will want to get the thickest kind you can fit in your shoes, merino wool preferably but understandably most booties and heels won't fit thick socks so just do what you can.
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I'm going to be honest: it wasn't that easy to find winter streetstyle outfits I liked. Or outfits that looked truly warm. Now these ladies all look amazing, but what the question is - are they really as warm as they look? Using the tricks I have suggested above, you can make any of these looks work and be super cozy in a straight up BLIZZARD! So good luck and let me know if you liked this article!