This is what I saw on my way to work yesterday morning:
It’s been snowing non-stop for the past few days. Pretty, but it means that colder weather is also here to stay. My wardrobe currently consists of the following:
– Long underwear over socks (makes the legs so happy)
– Wool-lined, waterproof boots that almost reach my knees (perfect for trudging through snow before the sidewalks have been cleared)
– Cozy toque (that’s code for “hat” for all you non-Canadians ;))
– Little black gloves under big sparkly pink mittens (it’s good to have that extra layer in case you need to take off mittens to get out your phone or keys)
– Huge wrap-around scarf (this combined with a toque ensures that only your eyes are exposed to the wind. I’m contemplating investing in some goggles to protect my eyes and really class-up my look.)
– Over-sized brown hoody under my lovely red peacoat (yes it clashes with the pink mittens. No I don’t care when the wind is biting.)
– Go-mug full of hot tea (I consider this a part of my wardrobe because my mug is glued to my hand whenever I leave my house – it keeps the hand warmer and it also warms up the insides!)
Cold is cold is cold
No matter where we live in the world, when the weather gets cooler, it really does have an affect on us. Even if you live in a typically warmer climate, you might think that it’s “cold” when the temperature hits zero. Granted, people living in Winnipeg will probably snicker at you since the norm is for our winters to reach 30 degrees below zero (40 with wind chill! Ugh), but the fact remains that if you aren’t used to it, you’re going to find it cold. Ten or twenty degrees colder than your city’s regular temperature makes a big difference, no matter where it is on the scale of degrees.
Moreover, the cold affects different people in different ways. I do very poorly in the cold (sometimes even when I’m decked out in the above winter wardrobe checklist), whereas I’ve known some people who can go outside in a regular jacket, sneakers, and no gloves, without complaining or turning into an icicle. So we all have to figure out what works for each of us and dress accordingly to survive the colder months!
What are your staples for staying warm when colder weather hits? Do you love or dread winter?
Full disclosure: I’ve definitely not been walking nearly as much as I should be lately, and instead have been getting rides to work – must go shopping this weekend to get boots that won’t get my feet damp! My current boots lasted a solid couple seasons but the weather has taken a toll on them.