The temperature is rapidly dropping and you’re probably finding that you can no longer head out of the house in your usual attire without shivering profusely after about five minutes in the elements. That’s right: winter has arrived. So rather than stubbornly avoiding making changes to your ensemble, why not resupply your wardrobe with everything that it takes to ensure that you’re warm, cozy, and comfortable when you’re out and about. Here are a few things to ensure you have in your wardrobe to tide you through the winter months.
Okay, this is an obvious one. But so many people don’t have a reliable winter coat. It’s astounding. When you ask someone why they don’t have a coat, they’ll complain that they can’t find something that’s fashionable yet practical. The good news is that there are good compromises out there. Warm coats don’t necessarily have to be bulky. They just require effective insulation, and with the in-depth research and resultant innovative technology being used nowadays, you can find plenty of windproof, waterproof options that look stylish at the same time. Check out brands such as Northface, who specialize in helping you to flourish in the harsh elements. Alternatively, opt for thick, wool coats. Belted designs are in style this season and will keep your body warmth exactly where it should be.
Don’t let your feet go numb in the cold. Invest in some sturdy boots that will keep your feet warm and prevent water coming in when you step in puddles or stand in the frost and snow. Certain brands are renowned for their hard wearing quality and design. Think of Dr. Martens. These timeless classics come in all sorts of styles, so there’s bound to be something to suit you. From the classic eight hole to monkey boots, mary janes, and even options with heels. Black is a staple that will match almost any outfit, but cherry red is our personal favorite to add a pop of color to your ensemble.
Scarves are a winter staple for a reason. They warm your neck, which is one of the few areas of your body that tends to be exposed at all times. Think about how often you shrink your head towards your shoulders when you feel a chill. So, adorn your neck with some of the finest fabrics to ward off the wind. As well as being practical, scarves make brilliant fashion accessories. So consider various styles. Silk scarves are more delicate but don’t hold much heat. Chunky knits, on the other hand, will keep you warm and cozy for hours on end.
Many of us are reluctant to try out something as bold as a hat. But when you take into account that heat rises and we lose most of our body heat through our heads, it may be time to start branching out and finding a style that suits you this winter. The key to finding what best fits your aesthetic is generally trial and error. So get shopping around. Berets, bobble hats… you name it. There will be something perfect on the market that will become a part of your signature look.
Gloves are a little simpler. There aren’t all that many styles and varieties. While there are fingerless gloves and mittens, chances are that you’ll opt for the standard five-finger glove. So most of the consideration falls down to color and fabric. A good place to find stand out designs is vintage stores, stalls, and markets. Just remember to try any on before buying them, as sizes can vary greatly and certain fabrics on older gloves have very little stretch to them.
Now, thermals may not be the most fashionable piece of clothing you’re ever going to own. But if you know that you’re going to be outdoors for an extended period of time, you’ll thank yourself for getting some to fit. Besides, they’re worn under your usual clothing, so nobody other than you will know you’ve got them on anyway! There are various cheap options out there on the market that will suffice for a one-off wear. But if you know you’ll be outdoors regularly, it may well be worth investing in higher quality options that will stand the test of time as well as the washing machine and tumble dryer.
These are the main accessories that you’ll need to stock up on before the real cold weather strikes. So get shopping and searching to find the perfect items to keep you warm and looking brilliant.