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Feeling chilly in just a jacket and scarf? Click through for five easy ways to warm up.
1. Layer Fur Under Your Jacket
Although it's nice to have a ready-made outerwear combo (like the one pictured at left), this cozy mash-up is easy to DIY. There are two ways to go with it: 1. By mixing an oversized fur and slightly shrunken jacket for a fun textured effect. 2. Doing it subtly, with a shorter vest mostly obscured by a long parka. Free to let a little fuzz peek out at the top, though!
2. Swap Tights For Fleece-Lined Leggings
It's such a subtle change that no one but you and your toasty legs will notice the difference. However, there is one caveat: since leggings cut off at the ankles, wearing them with anything but boots kills the illusion. If your outfit truly requires a pair of heels or ballet slippers, consider investing in a pair of cashmere tights instead. While expensive, sure, the material is study, run-resistant and about 1,000 times warmer than the stuff of regular hosiery.
3. Keep Hand Warmers In Your Coat Pockets
Admittedly I learned this trick in seventh grade ski club, but it works just as well off the slopes. You've got to be wearing a long, heavy coat with deep pockets for it work, of course—but isn't that a given in hand-warmer weather?
4. Line Your Outfit With Silk Long Johns
Okay, I know what you're thinking: silk is a summer fabric, right? Wrong. It's not season-specific at all. Besides the breathability factor it's best known for, the material is a natural insulator that holds in heat when needed. Even better, it makes for much thinner thermals than wool or cotton, which tend to bulk up under clothes.
5. Ditch Your Cotton Socks
None of those layers you've piled on matter when you've got ice blocks for feet. As I'm sure every grandma, teacher and mom in you life has already told you, extremities are the most important things to keep warm! Do yourself a favor when the temperature dips blow freezing and swap the standard issue anklets in your closet for hefty cashmere or wool ones—even if each pair's too thick for any shoes but boots. The sacrifice is worth it.