The temperatures are really starting to drop here in Vancouver, so I thought I would share my MUST haves to survive winter!
1. Lined, waterproof boots
Your extremities, aka hands and feet, get cold the quickest and take the longest to heat up again. This is because they are furthest from the heart and have relatively large surface areas that are exposed to the cold. The number one thing I cannot live without in the winter is my pair of Sorel boots! They are lined with fur (vegan options available) and waterproof. When I wear them, I don’t dread going out in the cold because I know they keep me warm and dry. I’ve had mine for nearly 3 years and they are still in great shape. The second I need to replace them, I wouldn’t hesitate to buy them again.
2. Fleece Lined Gloves
For years I would buy basic knit gloves because I didn’t realize how important a good pair of gloves were. I also bought knit gloves because I thought they just looked cuter than the bulky, heavy duty winter gloves. I also personally don’t like the look of leather gloves or the feeling of synthetic gloves. Finally, I realized I could buy knit fleece line gloves that looked cute and were much warmer! I bought mine last year at Aldo, but I can’t find them anymore, but check out Ardene’s for a functional and affordable pair!
3. Fleece lined leggings
I only discovered that fleeced lined leggings were a thing 2-3 years ago, and since then, I have been obsessed! They keep me so warm to the point I start sweating from how warm I get if I’m also wearing multiple layers os sweaters and shirts. Of course, not all lined leggings are made equal, so make sure you try out a few. I have a pair that is really thick and warm, and another pair that is thin and lets the cold through. Make sure you look at how close knit the fibers are before you buy! The pair that keep me the warmest are from Simons (but I don't think they sell the ones I have anymore!).
4. A Humidifier
Surviving winter is not just about surviving the cold. It gets really dry too. Vancouver typically isn’t as dry as the interior, but lately, I notice there are some especially dry days. I have thin and sensitive skin, so it’s really hard to be in ultra-dry weather. I have woken up in the middle up the night because my skin hurt from the dryness. I also know some people will get nosebleeds when it’s too dry. To combat this, I bought a humidifier. Actually, I bought 2 humidifiers, one for home, and a portable one for the office. I didn’t know there were portable humidifiers, but here we are! To be honest, the portable one doesn’t help too much because it is quite small, but it was only $20 and every little bit helps when you have skin like mine.
5. Thermal Clothing
I’m obsessed with thermal clothing because I can throw them on under EVERYTHING. They do a good job with keeping me warm without all the bulk. I have them in a few neutral colours so I can always match it to what I’m wearing. Mine are from Uniqlo and I got them for $15 CAD on sale!
Stay warm everyone!