For those growing up in Houston, anything below 75 is basically a solid winter! Since we’re not accustomed ( at least speaking for myself) to dressing for the colder season, we basically either layer up into a bundle ( like that one episode in Friends where Joey takes all of Chander’s clothes) or just…look like a hot mess! Last winter, I traveled to Seattle and Vancouver so I did some research to pack as light as possible and still be warm! Here are some things I found extremely helpful!
1. Invest in an Omni-heat reflective Jacket – I cannot emphasize enough HOW much this saved my butt! I get cold freakishly easily. I wore this basically everyday when I went to explore the pacific northwest. And the best part, the less you wear underneath, the warmer you actually get because the omni-heat “feature” works better when you have more body heat/skin exposed to the interior. I could just wear a t-shirt or a light sweater under and I was breaking a sweat! The one I bought was Columbia’s Abbey Fall Down Pullover Jacket in black- but I’m sure you can look around for other styles.
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2. Hand Warmers– Not fashion, but so effective and convenient. You can basically throw these in any jacket/sweater pocket and you can feel warm instantly. Plus, they’re super reasonably priced. You can get a pack of 10 pair for $5 at Wal-Mart
3. Tights/Thermal Leggings – This is probably one of my favorite thing to do- wear these under pants so you get layers without the “frumpiness”. Double the protection from harsh wind and cold.
4. Cashmere/Wool material– I know that these can get pricy, but they work wonders (I also see them often at Marshalls/ TJ Maxx *especially during Holiday Season). I’d invest in a scarf/throw in a netural color because you can mix and match easier and also use it as a blanket when watching a movie or maybe to take during a plane ride.
5. Beanies – The right beanie will help warm up your head surprisingly fast. Avoid anything with holes (or it essentially loses it’s function since wind will just go right through it!). Plus there are so many stylish ones out there, there’s bound to be one that suits your personality!
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Hope you guys found this helpful! What are some things that you guys do to keep you warm?