The first thing you want to do is clear out your spring and summer clothes, if you haven’t already done so.
Donate the clothes you didn’t wear during the warmer months and store the items you wish to keep. As you go through our list below, take inventory of the winter items you already own and create a list of those you don’t.
Here are tips for dressing warm from your head to your toes:
1. Head: Did your mom ever tell you that heat escapes through your head? Well, that statement isn’t a scientific fact, but according to Richard Ingebretsen, MD, “if you don’t have a hat on, you lose heat through your head, just as you would lose heat through your legs if you were wearing shorts” (WebMD). The goal should be to cover your entire body so you’ll retain all the heat you can.
Here’s another thing to keep in mind: ear lobes, fingers, toes, and the tip of your nose are especially vulnerable to the cold air and you can develop frostbite if you aren’t covered up. Fortunately, there is a plethora of super cute wool hats that can keep both your head and ears well covered. Check out Etsy for some stylish and unique options.
2. Neck (and face): Wear a scarf to keep your neck warm and if you’re able to find a large scarf, that’s even better because you can also use it to cover your face when the chilly wind and freezing air is too much to bear. What’s great is that there are so many ways to tie a scarf, so even if you own just a couple, you can try out many different looks!
3. Layer up: It’s possible to wear layers without looking bulky and you don’t want to wear fewer than two layers when the temperature drops below 20 degrees. Wear leggings under your pants and a slim fit long sleeve top under your sweater. However, when the temperature goes below zero, tights won’t be enough and you should wear thick thermals under your clothes.
4. Invest in a nice coat: Some top-of-the-line coats are quite expensive and if you can’t afford to splurge, it’s entirely possible to find an excellent coat for under $200.00, check out some of our favorites here: Affordable Winter Coats.
5. Hands: To avoid frostbitten fingers buy a decent pair of gloves or mittens, but take a look at this guide before you purchase a pair.
6. Feet: Skip over your thin socks and go for a thick wool pair. Try a knee high pair of wool socks for a cute look when paired with boots. Now, onto those boots: Definitely go for water-proof because if you’re feet get wet, it doesn’t matter how thick and cozy your socks are.
Does it snow where you live? If so, be sure to find a pair that has good grip, otherwise you may find yourself wobbling around and slipping when sidewalks are icy. If it doesn’t snow where you live and staying warm is your only concern, look for boots that provide extra insulation. Good boots can be expensive, but here are some options for cute, weatherproof winter boots.
How do you stay warm when it’s freezing outside? Share your tips in the comments below or tweet us @Clodonations!