Winter is not yet officially upon, but the cold has certainly set in!
Although it is difficult to part with fabulous fall fashions like that puffy vest or denim jacket, the time for cozier clothing is now!
Feeling lost in the cold? Warm up to our tips for keeping your body temperature up this winter season.
1/ GRAN’S GOLDEN RULES
You should have listened to your gran the first time, but chances are that you didn’t (and neither did we, mate).
— “Tuck in your shirt / wear a hat / tie up your scarf, young man,” went in one ear, and out the other…
Alright, so you blocked it out then, but we are here to remind you that mums and grandmums do in fact know what they are talking about.
Your body is your best ally! It creates a natural heat that can be leveraged and conserved. By tucking in your shirt, you are actually keeping heat in that will help to keep you warm throughout the day.
Another childhood tip that rings true: don’t stay bundled up once you are inside the house. We are often too lazy to take off our outerwear the moment we arrive, but it is actually an error to do so if you’re objective is to keep as warm as possible. Do strip off your heavy layers when taking the bus or train to avoid suffering the ‘hot-cold’ effect.
2/ THE RULE OF THIRDS
The greatest scientists all agree: 3 is the magic number for staying warm. When you get dressed, count three layers of clothing to best conserve your body heat!
The Base Layer: close to the body, this is the one that will keep heat circulating fluidly around your body, instead of staying one place and overheating you. This is the garment to tuck well into your pants, and that also prevents your skin from coming into direct contact with a potentially itchy woolly sweater. Opt for a slim fit that hugs the body for optimal results.
The Insulation Layer: this means your sweatshirt or sweater. This layer will allow you to isolate and conserve your body heat.
The Outer Layer: this refers to your jacket or, ideally, windbreaker. Try choosing a coat that protects you from wind and rain.
3/ FOOL-PROOF FABRICS
Now that you understand how to correctly pile on your layers of clothing, lets review the various fabrics that promote optimal heat conservation.
For the base layer, unless you plan on doing sports, cotton will more than suffice for keeping you warm and humidity at bay.
If you do plan on getting in some exercise, opt for a merino wool T-shirt that is less prone to retaining moisture than cotton. You can also find designated sporting equipment, often known as ‘dry-fit,’ that serve to keep you warm without making you sweat.
Wool is always a wise choice for your insulation layer. It equally succeeds in trapping cold air from creeping under your clothes as it does hot air from exiting.
If you’ve got the means, cashmere is always a great idea.
Last but not least, feathered coats will outperform wool as they are designed to keep in body heat.
If you aren’t a fan of bulky coats though, wool will certainly do the trick — you can also add a down-filled vest under any coat you like to maximize heat without compromising your unique style.
As per your pants, do note that jeans may look cool, but they certainly won’t keep you warm. Once again, wool is your best choice, but velour is a great second!
And gentleman, if you are truly freezing, there is always the option of wearing tights under your pants. Try it, it’s truly a pleasure — just you may not want to advertise it too much 🙂
When it comes to your noggin, be sure to cover it up! 20% of heat escapes from the head, making the hat an uncompromisable accessory. Weather a tuque, bonnet or fedora, whatever you choose will help to keep you as warm as possible throughout the winter months.
PRO SHAVING TIP: A little moustache is is a great way to keep your upper lip cozy!