It’s here! The cold weather is upon us and a tad earlier than the past few years. Ugh! I am always cold. We walk everywhere in these parts, so jumping in and out of a car to go on about my day is not an option. I am determined to find ways to feel warmer or at least not freezing when out and about. We all know how to dress warmly before heading out to play in the snow or do winter sports. Whether we like it or not, layers are our friend during the cold winter months. But there’s so much more that you can do with your cold weather clothing to stay warm and look amazing. Here are 10 winter clothing hacks you need to try this season. Trust me, you’ll be stunned by what you can do with a couple of sweaters!
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- Layer, Layer, Layer
Staying warm is not about trapping heat inside your jacket. Too much heat is as bad as too little. Anybody who has ever gone sledding in too much clothing (and ended up damp and miserable) knows that letting out a little heat is one key to staying comfortable in the cold.
But here’s another surprise: Cold-weather warmth is not literally about keeping out cold. It’s about reducing the movement of air across your skin and managing moisture buildup. Begin with a wicking base layer.
You can use a pumice stone to de-pill your sweaters and coats. You can usually get one for a $1 that looks like a foot. It looks the same as the fancy sweater de-piller product sold specifically for sweaters and works the same!
2. Warm your tootsies:
Wool felt sheets from Etsy or any craft store will keep your tootsies warm and dry. Just cut out the shape of your foot and place inside shoe.
3. Dry out your winter boots:
One of the most uncomfortable feelings is to be walking around in wet boots all day. Some people need to wear their boots for longer hours, and if they are wet, it can end up in blisters and sore feet.
If you have delicate boots that you do not want to harm during a drying process, using paper is one of the most efficient methods to dry your boots. Place balled up newspaper inside wet winter boots.
You can also use rice to dry out your boots. Pour up to 1-inch of rice at the bottom of a big plastic bin. This container should be large enough to hold your boots. Then you need to place your wet pair on top of the rice and seal the tray shut. The rice will suck out the moisture within a few hours. It’s a very useful trick.
4. Waterproof your shoes at home
If you’re the kind of guy or gal who loves to jump in puddles, this simple tutorial is definitely for you. Easily waterproof your favorite canvas shoes or sneakers with some beeswax or candle wax, and then use a blow dryer to melt the wax and seal your kicks. No more soggy feet!
5. Upcycled sweaterdress
2 is better than 1! Take 2 of your sweaters you don’t really wear and turn them into a new dress. Add some warm tights or fleece lined running tights and you have a brand new outift!
6. DIY Sweater mittens:
Not only do you get to recycle your sweaters you may no longer wear but it is also fun to find some new patterns. One of the best parts of making these mittens is to scour the local thrift shops for used wool sweaters. I think they look good when you have 2 or 3 coordinating colors for each pair of mittens.
7. Warm up your denim:
Here’s the harsh reality: denim is not the best fabric for cold winter weather. Cotton denim isn’t great at repelling wind or wetness, which are two major concerns in cold weather.
However, we LOVE to wear our jeans! Have no fear, you have a few options. You can wear thin thermals or running tights under your jeans. You can wear thigh-high socks. Hello 1984! You can wear legwarmers!
8. Fluff and fold yourself for warmth:
Throw your clothes in the dryer for a few minutes while taking your morning shower. They’ll be nice and warm when you put them on. You can also use a hair dryer to warm the inside of your boots before you slip in your feet!
9. Get some traction:
If you’re a runner, you definitely need to try this! Put small screws on the bottom of your running shoes to give them instant traction. They are a more effective way to get some traction in slick conditions and cost a lot less than a lot of other solutions.
10. Get rid of static cling:
As we get deeper into winter, getting dressed to go outside becomes an ordeal. Not only do we have to worry about wearing enough layers to stay warm, we also have to deal with static electricity giving our garments a life of their own. Here are some ways to reduce the phenomenon.
- Dry your natural and synthetic fabrics separately to prevent static due to the different fibers rubbing against each other.
- You can add a ball of aluminum foil to the washing machine. The metal will help neutralize the charges caused by friction between clothes. However, do not add the foil ball to the dryer.
- You can also touch any metal surface that is in contact with the ground to get rid of static cling on clothes. Add a safety pin to your clothes to remove the static.
- Use hairspray on your clothes.
- Rub a dryer sheet on the clingy clothes.
To make your cozy ensemble even warmer, make sure to accessorize. Wear a wool hat or a beanie, wrap a chic scarf around your neck, and match with your favorite boots! Hope you find these tips helpful!
How do you stay warm and toasty in the winter? Share and tell us!