Yes. Today is frigid. A high of zero degrees Fahrenheit a wind chill that makes it even colder may unbearable if you’re coming from a typically warm climate. Don’t fret - here are some tips to stay warm and stay in style.
You have probably heard that you should wear layers in bone-chilling weather, but you probably don’t know how and why.
How? Know your fabrics so you don’t look heavier than you actually are. Wool sweaters and cardigans and very warm. Pair that with an undershirt and you’re good. Your coat or jacket looks best with a wool shell and a “thinsulate” lining. Wool traps your body heat well and the thinsulate lining helps block the harsh wind. If the jacket or coat does not have a wool shell, make sure it at least has wool lining. Jackets and coats with a leather shell block out the harsh winds well, too. Puffy jackets with down feather tend to be more breathable, so if you’re someone who gets cold easily, that may not be the best to wear today (and you’ll also look like a balloon).
Why? Layering is stylish! Wear coordinating colors with your top half to have a great winter look. One layer should be wool or cashmere, and the top layer should be easy to remove if the building you enter is too warm. Wear dark-colored jeans or corduroys for your bottom half, with thermal pants to keep your legs from freezing without looking bigger. Dark jeans also coordinate well with most colors, and absorb heat from the sun. Tights are a great alternative to wear under pants to keep your legs warm.
Ladies, if you must wear a skirt or dress in freezing weather, solid color wool tights are an awesome, fashionable option, paired with knee-high boots.
Freezing temperatures means your extremities (fingers and toes) will be the first to feel cold. Plus, the moisture from the snow on the ground can make your feet colder. Wool socks paired with water-resistant boots are the best way to keep your feet warm. If you’re going to be in Chicago long-term, spending at least $100 on a good pair of water-resistant boots is a worthy investment. Make sure that whatever boots you get have a nice lining.
Hats, gloves and scarves are necessities for cold weather. The best hats to wear, without messing up your hair, are those with a silk lining. Your head will be kept warm outside, but your hair will long amazing once you take it off.
Glove should be wool or leather to best protect from the chilly elements. If you have a smartphone, look for touchscreen gloves. True touchscreen gloves have heat conducting fabric sewn into the fingertips so you don’t have your fingers exposed when you use your phone.
Circle (in infinity) scarves are trendy and warm. Those made out of thick cotton yarn or wool are great insulators. Also, long scarves that can be wrapped around your neck a few times are also cool.
When it’s this cold, the air is also very dry. To look your best, after you shower, apply lotion all over your body to keep your skin from being dry and itchy. Also use carry lip balm with you to keep your lips kissable. No one likes dry, cracked lips.
I hope this winter fashion guide helps. You can always really on your buddy to help you go to the best places for the most fashionable winter gear in your budget.