As a Canadian, I like to think I know a thing or two about winter.
Having moved from the relatively warm West Coast to the absolutely frigid East Coast, I’m now a seasoned veteran. I’ve learned a few things along the way about staying warm that goes beyond merely picking up a warm, stylish winter coat and gloves, a scarf, and huddling in warm, inviting bars – though I do enjoy the latter.
Instead of wasting your time with a bunch of nonsense, I’m going to point out a few little wardrobe tweaks and tricks that have done absolute wonders for me. If you don’t like the cold, this guide is for you.
In no particular order…
- A warm winter coat is great, but layers are even more effective. I like to wear a warm Merino Wool sweater with a fleece hoodie on top.
- Most gloves aren’t both warm AND flexible. I had a difficult time finding something to fill that niche, but eventually stumbled on horseback riding gloves. Believe me, they’re amazing.
- Scarves are fine, but neck gators are a heck of a lot better. When the wind is buffeting your face, you need only pull the front of the gator up to cover your nose and mouth for added protection from the elements. It stays up a lot better than a scarf.
- Get Merino Wool products for everything if you can. Sweaters, glove liners, toques, scarves, neck gators… everything. Merino is extremely warm, rarely gets stinky from all your sweat, and breathes well.
- Wear multiple pairs of socks in your boots or shoes. Your feet will be much warmer, and if you’re wearing boots, they won’t jostle around nearly as much.
That’s all there is to it.
If you can believe it, this combo actually keeps me nice and warm even in -30 Celsius weather. Maybe I’m a little crazy, though, so your mileage may vary.
But enough about me, what’s your secret? Are you a fellow snow dweller with tips and tricks of your own to stay fashionably warm during the winter months? If so, leave me a comment below with your suggestions.
(Photo by Max Shirley)