Winter is coming.
Winter is upon us, and temperatures are dipping below zero (that’s 30°F for all you Americans out there!) Here in Sweden, temperatures plunged to -10°C (14°F), which caused a considerable amount of car accidents and — most importantly — intense discomfort due to the frigid weather.
Fitting for the current weather, we’ll go over some pro tips so that you (and your acquaintances) can enjoy the wonderful season that is winter just a little bit more.
1 | Layers, Layers, Layers!
If you’ve read my previous blog post, you’d know that a hoodie is my go-to layering piece. Pair it with a good outer layer and voilá!
Layering is a straightforward concept that helps you retain more heat; it works by stacking a bunch of clothes strategically to help you feel more warm and fuzzy. A rule of thumb is to stick with three layers: a base layer, mid-layer, and an outer layer.
Why is layering important, you may ask?
Think of your base layer as a second skin that aids your ‘real’ skin in wicking sweat away from your body, which can lead to you feeling even colder.
Try to choose something out of merino wool for the base, wool and down for the middle, and a waterproof outer layer made of something like nylon or polyester.
One thing to note; however, is that there is definitely such a thing as too many layers. Vox put it this way:
“Another important tip… is that good body circulation is the key to warmth. “If you’re wearing 700 layers and you’re like the Michelin Man, and you can’t move, all that padding isn’t going to do you any good if you block off your circulation” [which will make you feel colder]
2 | Never Underestimate the Power of a Good Jacket
Besides the base and middle layer I mentioned earlier, a jacket made for winter is the most important; don’t skimp on its quality!
A jacket is the most crucial part of a winter outfit. Like the cherry on top, it completes (and ties together) the outfit. My recommendation is you use jackets made of polyester or nylon, as they are waterproof and breathable.
3 | Don’t Forget the Boots
Timberland shoes may be mainstream, but they are mainstream for a reason. They tick all the boxes, and they do it so well!
Sloshing around in the snow all day means that you need to have the appropriate tools for the job. Three things matter the most when boot-shopping: Materials, soles, and insulation.
The part that covers the top of your foot, the ‘upper’ material, needs to be resilient and water-resistant. Many high-quality boots over $100 out there are made of leather or nylon, which are excellent for winter. Make sure you waterproof them by spraying the boots with water-proofing.
The sole of the winter boot is so important, yet so many people overlook it. A rubber sole that makes sure that no water seeps into the shoe is good, but it also needs to have many crevices to increase traction.
According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2016, at least 20,000 slipping accidents occurred due to ice, sleet, and snow. It could have been prevented if they were more careful and chose the right footwear.
Insulation is excellent because it provides warmth without a lot of added bulk on the upper material. Looking for boots that insulate your feet well, you need to make sure they weigh at least 200 grams or more. Weight is a good indication of insulation; however, try to aim for more if you can.
4 | Add a Splash of Color
Take a walk around town during wintertime, and you’ll see plenty of people dressed in plain old black. Why does summer have so many fun colors, but winter doesn’t?
If you want to stand out from the crowd, experiment with colors such as beige, dark green, gray, and maroon!
5 | Experiment with Accessories
Scarves, hats, earmuffs, thick socks, and gloves are absolutely essential if you live in frigid climates. Due to the ear’s large surface area and low muscle mass, the ears can get very cold. Earmuffs are great for this; however, you can substitute them with a warming beanie.
This winter has been excruciatingly painful. Last winter, I didn’t employ layering correctly (which led to me freezing my *** off). I hated winter. However, with a better understanding, you can actually enjoy the season in its entirety. Just be sure as to not slip and injure yourself!
You have to layer correctly, stress the importance of a suitable jacket, add a splash of color, and experiment with accessories in order to pull off some amazing outfits (whose functionality will not let you down).
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