The science of staying warm
There are specific properties to different fibers in your wardrobe and knowing how to apply these qualities and layer them properly will save you from wearing too many layers and changing in & out of clothes.
Here are 5 steps to stay warm this winter!
1. A Wicking Layer
Instead of wearing excessive layers of clothes, start with a wicking layer next to the skin to remove moisture from skin. From there build into heavier and more durable fabrics to keep you warm all winter long!
Silk is a great natural fibre and good base layer because it keeps in the moisture.
You've probably heard of fabrics that "wick away moisture," but you may not know what that means. In the same way a candle draws wax up the wick to the flame, wicking fabric pulls moisture from the body to the exterior of the shirt where it can evaporate more easily!
2. Tuck in your shirt
Tucking in your shirt protects your back from air blowing down your pants or up your shirt. Without tucking your shirt in, you’re exposed to those nasty elements! Our Stella McCartney dress shirt made of 100% cotton is a good $95.
3. Wear Natural Fibres
Natural fibres like cotton, linen and wool tend to be better for sweaters then synthetic fibres. Ever wondered why wool is so good at keeping you warm? It’s waterproof, which results in the fibres holding the warm air close to your body without evaporating quickly.
Did you know you that “feeling cold” is actually the result of your body’s temperature changing due to sweat evaporating off of your body? Sweating increases heat loss by evaporation.
When layering you want to create an air barrier – a place for the air to reside close and heat your body.
The ‘puffer jacket’ is a good example: the pockets are filled with warm air that insulates your body and protects you from the cold.
5. Wear a scarf
Doctors recommend wearing scarfs around your face and especially your nose to protect you from the winter flu & cold season! We have lots of seasonal, beautiful scarves in-store!
So, to summarize: Start your outfit with a great wicking layer like a silk tank top. Tuck it in! Add a comfy sweater in a natural fibre like wool, linen or cotton to keep the warm air close to your body. When you're about to leave the house, reach for your trusty (and super cute) puffer jacket. And don't forget your scarf!