Ready For Old Man Winter?
Seasons are changing and in many places, with that comes cooler weather… it’s time to – perhaps begrudgingly — drag out the fall and winter wardrobe. Whether you live in a moderate climate, or one where “wind chill factor” is a regularly used phrase on your TV’s local nightly winter weather forecast, there are things you can do to make sure you’re geared up for what the season brings you.
Natural fibers are a great staple to a wardrobe any time of the year, as they are breathable and regulate the body’s temperature. Silk, wool, cashmere, cotton and linen are examples of natural fibers. Natural fibers can often cost more, but because all natural fibers are not created equal, you can find them at both the low and high end price points. The process involved in harvesting raw product and creating fibers that will be woven into textiles is complex and involved, with several stages involved while separating finer fibers from the less desirable fibers. Many textile houses create lesser quality fabrics and knitwear by taking the first combings of the raw product which will produce shorter thicker fibers. In essence, these shorter thicker fibers are the waste products created in the process of harvesting the highest quality fibers used to create textiles for fine luxury apparel. There are fewer fine fibers in a batch of raw product than there are the less desirable fibers. This is one factor in the higher cost of the finer fabrics.
The longer, finer strands of wool and cashmere are twisted together to create finer, stronger yarns that are less susceptible to breakage and pilling while also offering a soft hand and more supple drape. More importantly these super fine fabrics offer the highest degree of warmth with the finest micron counts.
Multiple thin layers are a better choice than thick bulky clothes for several reasons. Thin layers are warmer and more comfortable, as well as more versatile, allowing you to add or remove layers as temperature and conditions dictate for personal comfort. They provide a triple win: remaining stylish, comfortable, and warm.
During the winter months we have less daylight than we do in the summer months. Many of you go to work in the dark and come home in the dark. Using color during the winter months can help boost your spirits and ward off the winter doldrums, triggered by light deprivation. Select colorful items such as scarves, jackets, hats and gloves that reflect your personality and add a pop of cheerfulness — go through winter smiling!