Last Ditch Efforts to Keep Warm

I honestly thought we’d be getting away with a warm winter this year, but now the cold has come in strong. Growing up in Michigan has hardened me to pull out all the stops in an effort to keep warm. How early is too early to start “snow birding” every winter to Florida? 😉

Here’s what I wear and do on the coldest days to combat the below-freezing temps:

cold weatherPuffer/Down Coat: While some people may think down coats are ugly, I think they’re quite cute especially with a fur trim hood. This is an absolute essential for nasty winters because it’s way warmer than any other type of coat, and the outside is waterproof and wind resistant compared to a wool coat. Make sure you always buy one with a hood! I love Land’s End ‘s selection and it’s currently on sale.

Earmuffs vs. Hats: If I’m outside for a long period of time I will choose a hat since it is way warmer. On a daily basis, I’m not looking to put a hat on and fiddle with my hair when I take it off. For me, earmuffs are way more functional since it will keep your ears warm and hair in place. I rarely leave home without one when it’s cold.

Mittens vs. Gloves: Mittens are warmer for me than gloves, so I usually choose mittens if I’m going to be outside for an extended time. I choose gloves over mittens for driving or with a nicer outfit since it’s overall more polished.

Thick Socks: Who doesn’t love thick socks in the winter? They make a huge difference, especially in Bean Boots. Camp socks really are amazing!

Great Winter Boots: I adore Bean Boots, but if I’m looking for something that’s both warm and waterproof, these Clark’s boots fit the bill. I bought these 3 years ago and cannot believe how great they are. They are shearling lined on the inside (I wear them flaps up to make them taller) and have withstood several feet of snow. I’m so glad Clark’s brought them back this year, and if you are lucky enough to have your size in stock I’d grab them while they are on sale!


at homeElectric Blanket: This makes the biggest difference when I can’t seem to get warm. We keep our house pretty warm, but when it’s 10 degrees outside that makes a difference. I will heat this up while I’m getting ready for bed so that my bed is toasty when I get in. I have the Sunbeam brand and am happy with it.

Towel Warmer: I use my towel warmer not only for towels, but I’ll put my workout clothes in it on cold mornings. It’s like putting on clothes directly from the dryer! I found mine at Macy’s on sale awhile ago, but this one is the closest I can find. If you live in a cold climate, it’s not a bad idea to get one. I’ve read that people even put socks and pajamas in it as well.

Flannel Sheets: I talked about how much my flannel sheets from LL Bean make a difference in my last blog post, and they truly make your bed much warmer than your standard sheet set.

Cuddl Duds: I own these Cuddl Dud leggings ($20) and they are much different than wearing your regular cotton leggings because they’re made of rayon and spandex. This means they’ll be more comfortable layering underneath clothing as well as very warm. I’ll wear them under my pants if I’m going to be outside for awhile. On especially cold nights they’re perfect under pajamas.

Thermos: I’ve started carrying a thermos everyday filled with hot water, lemon juice, and honey. I crave warm everything in the winter so I’d rather have something hydrating than drinking more and more coffee. I own this Woolrich version (pictured above) and it’s very nice, even comes with a carrier.

Wicked Good Slippers: I never thought I’d ever pay $69 for slippers, but after seeing how there’s 500+ reviews and still 5 star rating I knew I had to try them. I wish I would have bought them sooner! I wear slippers in my house year-round, and wanted something warmer for winter. I’ve owned similar (but cheaper) pairs previously and they make my feet too warm and sweaty, and I hated the hard sole. These won me over –  I was surprised I loved them so much. Kept my feet warm and dry, and the sole isn’t too hard for indoor use.


4 Comments on Last Ditch Efforts to Keep Warm

  1. Karen Stacey
    January 21, 2016 at 6:39 pm (7 years ago)

    I’ve made this comment before, but it bears repeating…yours is one of just a few blogs that’s actually helpful and informative. Most just show ten photos of the same outfit. I know this takes time and effort, and it is much appreciated.

    • thedressdecoded
      January 23, 2016 at 8:12 pm (7 years ago)

      You are so sweet! I actually screen shot your comment last time and keep it on my phone because it meant so much to me. My goal is for my readers to get something out of my posts, so your comment makes me feel like I may be accomplishing that! I really appreciate your words, and thank you for reading. 🙂

  2. Monica
    January 22, 2016 at 8:51 am (7 years ago)

    Thank you for this post! I just got that thermos, I have been looking for a nice one!! I have quilted fleece scuff slippers from LLBean that are gettin a little old, maybe I will upgrade next year!

    • thedressdecoded
      January 23, 2016 at 8:10 pm (7 years ago)

      isnt the thermos the best? I love the top on it!


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