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Keeping warm in the severe cold

Hilarious and only related by virtue of their being fur in it photograph from the Russian Fashion Festival. Ah, the news wires, how they entertain me so. In any case, we’re seeing a cold snap that apparently is unprecedented in …

Wed, Dec 1, 2010, 16:04

   

Hilarious and only related by virtue of their being fur in it photograph from the Russian Fashion Festival. Ah, the news wires, how they entertain me so.

In any case, we’re seeing a cold snap that apparently is unprecedented in November. Thank Crunchie they renamed “global warming” as “climate change”, or else I’d be suing someone over this ridiculous false advertising. So there are a whole lot of Irish people who just aren’t quite sure how to dress for the weather. So what’s my advice? Instead of telling you to go out and buy a whole hape of new stuff, how’s about we work with what you’ve got?

Keeping warm starts at base level, so this means: underwear. If you have thermals, go mad. If you have a bodysuit, this is the next best thing. (A bodysuit, FYI, is like a leotard but with a bra built in, and is quite possibly the most comfortable thing you will ever own, as long as you get it in the correct size.) It’ll keep you supported and oh-so-cosy, so long as you get the next couple of layers right.

Denim is not your friend. I’ll tell you this for nothing. It may be comfortable but it’s not going to be the cosiest thing imaginable, unless you’re wearing your denims over your thermals (or, in the absence of thermals, your tights). My top tip? Layer tights. Two pairs of tights? Great. A pair of tights and a pair of leggings? Even better. Then go for some kind of bodycon. Cotton will keep you sweat-free (because it may be freezing, but if you’ve got two coats and four jumpers on, some part of you is only roasting) and won’t ruin the line of whatever you throw over it. Everyone owns a slip or bodycon dress that they rarely wear, and this is the perfect time to break it out.

Dresses are really your friend in this kind of weather, because they’re simple and you can layer to your heart’s content. To recap: we’ve got underwear, either a bodysuit or thermals, two pairs of tights (or leggings), a bodycon dress or slip, and a dress. Toasty, right? Not quite.

Then go for some lightweight woollens. A longline knit cardigan will do nicely, and you can always layer a chunkier knit on top for the great outdoors. A snood is great, because you can use it as a hood to protect your hair from the falling snow – and go for one of the hats with the rabbit ears, you know, that come down over your own. Cosy warm.

This is my foolproof dressing-for-snow recipe, and it hasn’t failed me yet. What about you? Any top tips?

P.S. Finally, don’t be fooled by the lure of the Ugg boot. They’re cosy until you get wet (snow = water), and then you may lose a toe or two. Don’t risk it. Go for hiking boots or wellies instead, and change into more suitable footwear once you get indoors.