A quick little lesson in cold-weather dressing. Mainly aimed at Australians, because most of the world have been doing this since birth, and don’t break into a cold sweat at the words ‘it’s 5 degrees outside’.
1. Surrender. Give in to the inevitable pull of the down parka. Yes, you will resemble something akin to the Michelin man, but when it’s hitting negatives there is nothing more appealing than walking around in what is essentially a body-shaped sleeping bag. Purchase in either navy or black, whichever you find the less repulsive. Uniqlo always has great down-parka options that are relatively inexpensive.
2. Thermals under everything. My general rule of thumb is one layer of 260 weight thermals whilst it’s between -5 and 5 degrees celsius, and two layers if it (heaven forbid) goes under -5. Attempting to successfully layer the suckers adds an extra 10 minutes at least to your dressing time, be prepared.
3. However, wear something exciting beneath the down-parka and on-top of the thermals. Leather in shades of ox-blood, dark grey, or forrest-green. Turtleneck jumpers in a thick, luxurious knit. Black leather boots with hardware detailing. Opaque stockings, pleated wool skirts, silk shirts, whatever floats your boat.
4. Beanie, scarf, gloves, all of equal importance. Preferably a scarf that could double as a blanket, and a beanie with a pom-pom, because #YouOnlyLiveOnce / #TreatYo’Self. You’ll look ridiculous, but your toasty-warmth will ensure you get over it quickly.
5. As soon as you enter a warm place, whip off the beanie and gloves, give your hair a shake and unzip your parka, then have a good chuckle about everyone bundled-up outside who looks like giant marshmallows charging down the street.