Monday, November 4, 2013

7 Ways to Keep Warm in the Winter


Hi there! As a fellow Canadian, whenever a blogger or YouTuber has a post or video showing winter outfits, I know immediately that it would be impossible to wear them without freezing more poor little limbs off or risking getting a cold.

Where I live, it gets pretty darn cold in the winter which is pretty much starting right now. In November. It’s usually around -25 Celsius to -35 Celsius (-13 F to -31 F), but there are days when it drops down to about -40 Celsius/Fahrenheit. I feel like I’m a skilled veteran in the art of staying warm in the wintertime, or at least have managed to survive, so keep reading for some of my tips on how to stay warm, but not compromise style, this winter.

layers are key
This one is pretty given, but if you want to stay warm, you have to layer it up. It never hurts to add a cardigan or put a cami underneath a top or something like that. There's going to be a blog post dedicated to winter layering coming up very soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that!

find that perfect winter jacket

7 Ways to Keep Warm in the Winter

No matter how warm your outfit is, if you have a crappy jacket (crappy as in not ideal for winter aka way too thin), you’re still going to freeze. There will be also be a post dedicated to this coming to laptop screens everywhere shortly, so be on the lookout for that, as well!

Columbia Women's Shimmer Flash Jacket (left)
H&M Parka (right)

thicken up those socks

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I find that whenever I’m wearing leather boots in the winter, I can barely feel my toes after ten minutes or so outside. To avoid this dilemma, wear thicker socks. This little trick will do wonders for your escapades outdoors.

look for boots with shearling lining

7 Ways to Keep Warm: Boots

Sure, Ugg boots or Ugg look-a-likes have that lining, but they might not keep you warm or stay pretty through all the craziness that is the cold winter. Try to find more “heavy-duty” and substantial boots with a thicker sole. This will also help you to stay standing when it’s icy out.

1. Blowfish Buster Boots
2. New Look Nude Leather Chain Boots
3. New Look Black Leather Chain Boots

wear leggings/tights under your pants

My mom used to make me wear long underwear (anyone remember those days?) underneath my pants when I was younger, so an alternative to that would be to wear leggings underneath whatever pants you might be wearing. If you have really high quality leggings, they might be a bit too thick, but if you own a thin pair, they work great to keep you warm. They might feel a bit stiff at first, but it really works to stay warm longer outside.

wear sweaters over top of skirts and dresses
I love the look of a sweater worn over top of a dress. It adds a really cozy feel to a feminine look and cozy = warm in this case, so it all works out. :)

invest in thick, high-ish quality tights

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I’m a girl who loves to wear dresses and skirts, but I tend to shy away from them in the wintertime because I don’t want to catch a cold. Something that is key in wearing dresses and skirts in colder weather is the tights. Find thick tights (not to be confused with pantyhose which will freeze you to death) that are a bit more on the high quality spectrum because most of the time, they’ll keep you warmer than say, Forever 21 tights.

Do you live somewhere where winter is really, really cold like me? Which tip was the most helpful to you? Do you have any other ones to share so we’ll all stay warm this winter? Leave your comments below!

Thanks for reading!
- J

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