Winter is the season that I often dread. The only high point is Christmas because I love the festive lights, but the weather here in England? I can’t stand it. It gets dark around 3pm and the whole day has been dull and grey, the rain is constant, and the temperatures are often below 0 degrees. It’s not something I welcome. With all that having been consistent every single year, I’ve finally found tips and tricks that help me get through those bitter days without feeling numb and falling into a semi hibernation state.
I’m sure most of you know that with my illness (I have M.E), I really don’t do well with temperature changes and the freezing cold is one that makes me extremely ill and causes my body to shut down (almost like hibernation and loss of movement), but since I’ve learned how to keep myself warm at all times while still allowing myself to have different, stylish outfits as I’m a fashion blogger, I thought I would share these tips with you in case you suffer the same.
Wear Faux Fur
One of my main things that I learned last year and this year is to invest in faux fur. I found out that faux fur coats really don’t let any of your body heat out and no cold air in as there’s no room for air circulation, meaning you stay warm. I’ve bought a few different faux fur coats so that I have a choice for this Winter, but they definitely work! The thicker ones actually make me hot, which I never thought possible when it’s sub zero outside, but it’s true. I can’t be without my faux fur coats now as they are the best outer layer. The best thing is that they’re extremely fashionable now and on trend, plus they look classy too when styled just right and there’s so many options available.
Layer Up Underneath
Now this is something that I do all the time and nobody really knows, but it’s the most important part. The layers that are closest to your skin are extremely important as they work in trapping the heat. I wear tank tops underneath long sleeve cotton t-shirts, which I then layer knitwear over, before putting my coat on. Some of the thermal under layers you can get are even better (like these) as they work in trapping heat, so I definitely recommend those too! Those 4 layers usually keep my torso warm, but for my legs I have been known to wear leggings underneath my jeans. I don’t like to wear tights as it’s not very breathable and feels weird, but cotton leggings under my jeans works well. The two layers trap the heat and keep me warm, so layering up with all these pieces underneath is key for me now. I don’t go out without doing it and you can never tell with my outfits either.
My hands are the first part of my body to get cold, even if I’ve only been out for a few minutes, so keeping them warm to regulate your bodies temperature is essential. I’ve found that thick, insulated mittens or gloves are perfect for that. One trick for those extremely cold days is to pop some hand warmers inside your mittens (similar to these) as they act as a mini hot water bottle for a few hours, keeping the inside of your gloves hot. You might know the ones I mean, they’re little gel packets which you can snap to heat up. If you suffer from reynauds syndrome or cold hands in general, these are ideal. They will definitely keep your hands feeling toasty and gloves are always pretty to wear.
Keep Your Head & Neck Warm
Our heads and neck generate a huge amount of heat and we actually end up losing a lot of that heat out the top of our head, which is why hats and scarves are extremely important. I’ve been out without scarves before and let me tell you that was one of the biggest mistakes I’ve ever made. Keeping my neck warm with a scarf is the most important thing, just as important as wearing a hat. Trapping all my heat inside my body this way helps keep me warm and it stops me from going into that hibernation state. I’ve even got faux fur hats and scarves as they work extremely well at not letting cold air in. Snoods are also amazing as they can cover part of your face, allowing your breath to warm up your face as well. It’s ideal. Adam will probably tell you that I nag him too much about never going out without a scarf and hat because he’s stubborn, but he thanks me for it afterwards, every time.
Wear Tall Boots
Most people tend to love thigh high or over the knee boots during the cooler months, but they are also extremely practical. Since they are made from suede or leather, no air can usually circulate through the material and when it’s covering most of your leg, the wind can’t come through. Tall boots act as a fantastic heat trapping footwear option and I often wear mine during this time of year. Be sure to wear two pairs of socks inside them though as the two pairs give extra warmth and allow friction to disperse in the shoe, so you shouldn’t feel any blisters or rubbing from general walking.
Things To Avoid
Now there are some things to avoid doing in the Winter if you really need to stay warm, and I’ve listed them just below for you. Each of these things have come from my own learning experiences and if I can help anyone else, I’m happy to do so. If you also have any tips and tricks on how to avoid the cold when it’s freezing outside, please do let me know! I’d love to hear your advice too!
Don’t wear coated jeans or faux leather – The coating and plastic sensation on coated jeans or faux leather actually makes your skin cold. It’s a bit like metal – if it’s cold, it will absorb that temperature, which then hits your skin. I’ve tried this before and I instantly regretted it because as soon as I went outside, my legs started to freeze. I don’t recommend it. Only wear cotton or a fabric which doesn’t attract the cold.
No skin should be on show – It may seem like common sense, but don’t allow any of your skin to be on show. This means wear jeans with a high enough rise and tuck your under layers into them, so when you bend down or reach up, no skin is exposed to the elements. I live by the rule that only my face should be on show, which means both hands, feet, and my entire body is covered in every way possible, keeping my heat in.
Keep warming pads in your bag – Like I mentioned above, with the heating pads inside your mittens, I recommend keeping some (like these) in your bag as well in case you do end up freezing. You can put them inside your hat, inside your layers of clothes etc and they will warm you up.
Don’t take your gloves off – Sometimes I have to take my gloves off because I need to check my phone or use the camera, but my hands usually end up freezing during that time and going numb, then taking forever to warm back up again. I would suggest (if you’re not a photographer) getting a pair of touch screen gloves which allow you to use your phone while wearing them. I have a leather pair and they are a life saver (check these ones out).
Don’t wear lots of jewellery – One thing I learned to avoid in the Winter months is wearing lots of metal jewellery. Especially if you’re choosing to forgo gloves, stay away from metal rings. They really attract the cold and it’s like holding onto a freezing metal pole which makes your hands even colder. Trust me. This goes for statement metal necklaces as well, those aren’t a good idea.