We’re in the midst of the cold winter, and we’ve still got several months to go. And unless you’re in the deep southern states where it’s always warm, you need to know how to protect yourself from the harsh cold…
Now, you already generally know what to wear - a big winter coat, hat, gloves, and boots. But what really keeps you warm? Specifically, which fabrics are designed to keep you warm when you’re out hunting, commuting to work, or on a hike?
That’s exactly what we’ll talk about today! Let’s get into it…
Fur is one of the oldest ways to stay warm in the winter. Our ancestors used to use it to endure through the cold, snowy months.
Fur coats retain heat, and they’re also very durable. Not to mention, they’re quite fashionable too!
But real fur isn’t the only option. If real fur goes against your morals, then fake fur is just as good an option too.
Here are a few quick tips to find quality fake (or faux) fur clothing:
- Read the label and look for acrylic fibers kanecaron or tissavel – these will be the most durable and have the most pleasing texture.
- Check for resilience (high-quality faux fur will quickly bounce back to its original shape and form).
- Feel for softness – the softer, the better.
Wool creates a natural insulation, due to the pockets of air that the fabric creates. It’s water resistant too, so it’s perfect for the snow and other harsh weather conditions.
Wool is also light-weight, so you never feel like you’re wearing layers upon layers of clothing. On top of being light, wool is a strong fabric. No need to worry about tears and getting your clothing worn out.
Plus, unlike fur, wool actually is animal-friendly. It supports the raising of sheep for their fleece rather than for food.
Not only is fleece comfortable, but it’s fairly lightweight too, which makes it great for outdoor activities like hiking and hunting. Fleece will help keep you warm and is pretty cheap compared to other more expensive winter options.
The only drawback is it’s not usually water-resistant, but you can always add water-resistant layers on top.
Cotton is a good alternative for those who have allergies because it’s hypoallergenic. The material is also durable.
The main advantages of cotton are that the material breaths well and are very soft. The softness of cotton on the skin is great for those who value comfort when choosing winter gear.
But beware in the snow and rain – cotton absorbs moisture, so it won’t insulate you nearly as well in these conditions.
This is a flexible fabric, and it’s a great option for trousers in the winter months.
However, you can wear corduroy blazers and shirts too. These will keep your warmer, and also add depth and volume to your outfit.
You don’t have to spend the winter cold and shivering! With these 5 fabrics, you can stay warm even when the weather outside is a little frightful!
Do you have any other favorite materials for staying warm in the winter? Let us know in the comments!