Disclaimer: It rarely snows in Johannesburg but given this year’s temperatures, we might just see snow.
It is that time of the year again, when the shorts and sandals retreat into your closet and the scarves come out. Here are some of the wardrobe staples to have in your closet this winter.
- Jeans and leggings
Jeans, especially skinny jeans are really versatile. Heading outdoors? Wear a pair of warm knobbly socks over black jeans and a finish with a pair of boots. Are the temperatures almost zero? Wear warm leggings under your jeans to keep you extra warm what with the insulation by trapping air between the two fabrics. #geek moment #physics in action
Borrow a leaf from Miranda Kerr who rocks jeans and thigh high boots below:
These are great for keeping out the cold (duh), but most importantly, they come in a variety of sizes, colours, shapes and cuts as you can see below: You can dress these up or down, have them as the main focus of your outfit or even layer them underneath a warm coat.
The coat is a key winter staple. It can streamline the silhouette, making you look longer and leaner, provided the cut is right for you. The coat works well on both girls and guys as below:
I left the best for last intentionally. Dressing in the winter can be rather boring and monotonous, especially since most pen ople abandon all colour during this season. Scarves keep you warm and have the added benefit of spicing up your outfit. Look for thick scarves in all colours and patterns to be the perfect end to your winter wardrobe.
Finally, whenever you are in need of inspiration, look no further than Google. Pinterest will never fail you.
There are a few simple things you can do to keep warm in winter, which don’t involve cranking up the heater and worrying about the air drying up. Here are a few tips which should help stave off the cold.
1. Layer up
Although you might think that big winter jumpers are the way to go, wearing layers of thin clothes will keep you warmer as they trap body heat.
2. Eat well and drink warm
While having a hot tea or coffee may make you feel warmer, it’s more to do with the caffeine. That is because caffeine increases blood flow to the skin. You may feel warmer as a result, but your body is actually losing heat. Try sticking to decaffeinated or herbal hot drinks instead.
Eating regular meals will also help keep you warm. Healthy hearty foods such as soup and stews are great for warming you up. Try to include carbohydrates in your dishes too. Porridge and soup are great winter-warmers. We hope Sodexo takes note
3. Get moving
Working out in the cold may be the last thing you feel like doing this winter but it has the opposite effect too. As well as giving you a rush of endorphins which boosts mood, exercise will get the blood pumping around your body and, vitally, heat up your skin.
4. Stay Social
With chilly, longer nights in winter, you might feel like hibernating and staying in your room rather than catching up with friends, but research shows the later might help with the warm and fuzzies. Scientists from the University of Toronto discovered social exclusion makes you feel colder than if you were socialising and spending time with people, which warms you up.
Try to keep an active social life this winter to help keep the cold at bay and boost your mood.
5. Snuggle up
Save on the school’s electricity bills this winter and get cosy with warm blankets instead. While sleeping, ensure you stay toasty by wearing pyjamas and bed socks to keep your feet from getting cold overnight.
Stay in one position and drift off.