Dress well in winter: tips against frost

Materials suitable for winter

Above all, modern functional fabrics prevail here with a number of advantages. They are breathable, effectively wick away body sweat so that the skin is always nice and dry and are usually light. Special weaving or knitting processes and materials create tiny air chambers that are particularly suitable for keeping the body warm.

Jackets made with Tex materials are windproof and waterproof, but breathable. In addition, they have a relatively low weight and are very easy to care for.

fleece fabric it is mainly known for its warming properties and is mainly used for outerwear. However, the fabric has recently fallen into disrepute, as clothes lose many of the smallest fibers during washing, which pollute the oceans like microplastics.

Different natural fabrics can represent a valid alternative:

  • wool on the one hand it can absorb and store a lot of moisture inside the fiber, on the other hand the surface is equipped with a thin layer of fat, which naturally repels moisture. Wool fabrics can therefore absorb about a third more moisture than cotton and without feeling damp. Another plus: the fibers are dirt repellent and absorb hardly any odors.

The material is therefore particularly suitable for warm underwear or a cozy sweater. Particularly fine are the fibers of merino sheep, angora goat (mohair) or alpaca. Thanks to the fine crimp, they can store heat even better and not scratch the skin.

  • silk it also has a high insulating capacity and is at the same time light as a feather. Thanks to its smooth surface it guarantees a particularly high wearing comfort. Silk is often combined with wool to warm winter fabrics in order to take advantage of the properties of both fibers and achieve an optimal feel on the skin.

the wool passes felting even denser and therefore even more water-repellent. Cotton fabric jackets are also becoming common impregnated with waxto make them resistant to bad weather.

Use the onion principle

For the winter, the so-called onion principle has proven itself well. Wearing several thin layers of clothing keeps you warm. You can also adapt your clothing very flexibly to the respective situation (temperature). Each of the individual layers has a very special function:

basic level:

This is the first layer that has direct contact with the skin. Breathable materials, which are also good at carrying moisture outside, are important here. The layer should therefore be as close to the body as possible for optimal exchange. Cotton is less suitable. Instead, various functional fabrics made of synthetic fibers or wool can really show their advantages here.

thermal layer:

The next layer is in charge of protecting your body from the cold. Materials with small air chambers store natural body heat and act as an insulating cushion. A wool knit sweater or fleece jacket works well for this. If you need it a little warmer, you can also wear more than just one layer for the thermal layer.

upper class:

The outermost layer protects you from direct atmospheric agents such as wind or humidity from the outside. Some jackets are also lined, for example with down or polyester filling, and provide additional warmth. Soft or hard shell jackets are mainly windproof and waterproof. If the bottom layers are already keeping you warm enough, a thin softshell jacket is usually sufficient as the outermost layer. A generous cut provides an extra layer of air in which body heat can be stored. It is important to use breathable materials so that moisture can be effectively transported outside. Otherwise you will start freezing in no time if you have damp clothes.

The basic requirements

Also gloves or Postal Code they lose their warming properties when wet. In heavy rain or snow, it may therefore make sense to bring an extra pair of gloves or a spare hat with you, or use waterproof materials here as well.

To keep your feet warm they are suitable in winter socks and particularly good wool socks. With warm, lined boots, we sweat quickly on our feet. Wool therefore feels much more comfortable on the skin. socks e tights it should also allow for good blood circulation. There are also various ways to stimulate blood circulation and thus ensure warm feet. Choosing the right shoes also plays a role. Here, too, the breathable materials promote the exchange of moisture and keep the feet dry and warm.

Special winter underwear is further reinforced in some areas. Long underpants or tights warm the buttocks particularly well. Or the upper parts effectively insulate the back around the kidneys from the cold. Alternatively, there are separate backrests or kidney warmers that you can wear in addition.

Yours deserves special attention neck zone. Many people quickly find the cool air on their neck uncomfortable and naturally grab a wrap-around shawl or scarf. On the outside, you can simply lift them a little higher to protect your mouth and nose. A sweater or top with a turtleneck can also help here and keep the sensitive neck warm.

Suitable for any occasion

The question still arises: what does suitable winter clothing look like that meets the body’s need for protection and at the same time can be worn in the respective situation? The good news to begin with: warm clothes can be comfortable and stylish at the same time. Also this season there are many trendy garments with which you don’t have to hide from the fashion police, on the contrary: warm and comfortable jackets and plush sweaters are trendy. With faux fur instead of fur, you don’t have to have a clear conscience. In addition, the layered look is now reinterpreted, with jackets of different lengths that can also be worn on top of each other.

You should always observe the basic rules that we have explained above, otherwise what can be considered suitable clothing depends entirely on the occasion and the occasion.

Suitably dressed for the office

The layered look proves particularly practical here. Office workers often have to adhere to certain style rules or a specific dress code. The problem: clothing should initially protect you from the winter weather and freezing temperatures outside. But it is often very hot inside. You can add additional layers with the principle of the onion then drop it. This is especially true of a scarf. This can be replaced on the inside, if necessary, with a warming scarf.

Lighter blouses or shirts can be wintered with the right underwear. Simple turtleneck sweaters are also a good winter alternative and can be complemented with a blazer if needed. If you prefer to wear thinner tights with a skirt or dress even in winter, you can wear a long coat to keep your legs warm and comfortable.

By the way, our material tip for a more casual outfit is corduroy! Thanks to its rough structure, the fabric is particularly suitable for insulating from the cold, better than denim. In the fine version with narrow ribs, corduroy trousers or jackets still look very elegant.

Suitably dressed for sports

If you are active outdoors in the winter, the outfit faces even greater challenges. Whether it’s jogging, cycling, or other outdoor sports, if you start sweating, it’s important that clothing effectively transports moisture to the outside and dries quickly. This is where modern functional fabrics make the most sense. They are usually a bit more stretchy than other materials and give you more freedom of movement.

Also, you shouldn’t dress too often so that heat doesn’t build up under your clothes. Because even high-tech materials can only diffuse a limited amount of sweat outside in a short time. One or two thinner layers are often sufficient as an efficient thermal padding, then a lightweight, windproof and waterproof softshell jacket is sufficient as the top layer. With the onion principle, you can also easily get rid of one or the other layer after heating.

Lightweight gloves help not to lose too much heat through the hands. It is also important to properly protect the head and face. A headband is usually more useful than a hat, as it keeps the ears pleasantly warm and still allows for good heat exchange over the head. A light neckerchief or a so-called tubular buff warms the neck area and can also be pulled up on the face when playing sports. So it somehow protects you from cold air when breathing.

If you are out and about in the dark, the reflective elements on the clothes ensure you are seen better.