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When it comes to dressing warm for winter, there’s a fine balance you need to strike. A little bit like Goldilocks’ porridge, you can’t be too cold or too warm; you’ve got to be just right. You already know to wear a coat or put on a hat and gloves when it’s cold. However, there are ways to dress warm for winter even more effectively – and without breaking the bank.
Tricks and tips to dress warm for winter
#1: Layer up — but follow the correct layering procedure
If there’s a country that knows how to deal with the cold, it’s Canada. So, we thought we’d turn to Canadian travel guides to find out how to really battle the elements and dress warm for winter, and that’s where we came across this gem.
First, you need to start with a thin, wicking layer next to the skin. Silk, polyester or nylon are perfect, but don’t choose cotton. Cotton tends to absorb moisture, such as sweat, which will end up making you cold. So, pick a fabric that will wick the perspiration away from your skin and keep you dry and warm.
Next, you need to layer up with something made out of fleece, polyester or wool. Polyester might have a bad rep, but it’s great for keeping a layer of warmth close to your body, which helps you fight off the cold weather. Wool, for obvious reasons, is a great choice too.
Finally, choose a waterproof and wind-resistant outer layer. Look for things like “Gore-Tex”, 10k waterproof coating or 10k breathability to handle even the roughest conditions.
Remember: this layering doesn’t just apply to your top half; layer up on your bottom half, too. Thick, thermal socks, waterproof trousers, long moisture-wicking underwear and solid, dependable and watertight boots are all the aim of the game when you’re looking to dress warm for winter.
#2: Keep it comfortably loose
Although it seems logical to wear tight clothing when you dress warm for winter — you wrap up in a blanket, after all — it’s actually more effective to wear looser clothes. If you wear tight clothes you may end up being too hot, and despite the freezing conditions, this can make you get hot and sweaty. And as your clothes absorb this perspiration, they’ll stick to your skin and make you feel cold, rather than keeping you warm. Clothing keeps you warm by trapping a layer of air between your skin and the fabric, so clothes that are not too tight will insulate your body better and keep you warmer for longer.
#3: Keep your head, neck, hands and feet dry
Now that your core is warm it is time to focus on the extremities. Whenever you head out in the cold, make sure you pay close attention to your head, neck, hands and feet.
Wearing hats, scarves, gloves and warm socks in the winter are super important. In fact, wherever possible, you should try and keep as much skin covered with one or two layers of insulating fabric. For hats, make sure they’re warm, perhaps even lined with Thinsulate, and are big enough to cover your ears comfortably.
Also, make sure your have water-resistant, insulated shoes to keep your feet dry and toasty. If you’re in a pinch and are worried about leaky shoes in cold weather, double up your socks and then put a plastic bag between your socks and your shoes. It’s not pretty, but it’s effective, and it’ll stop your feet from getting wet and bringing your core temperature down.
And finally, think about investing in those reusable heat packs that you pop and they heat up. They’re really useful to keep in your handbag or coat pocket for times when it gets really cold and you need a way to warm up fast. You can pop them in your socks, your gloves and your pockets too, to help keep the chill off.
What are your top tips to dress warm for winter? Have you got a favourite jacket or an old technique passed down? Let us know!
- Author The Bamboo Team
- Posted 17 December 2018