Holidays are coming; but the cold weather is coming too! And that’s something a chilled bottle of Coca-Cola won’t help with.
It’s time to winter-proof your (and your children’s) wardrobe and that’s something WE can help with.
The main thing we care about come winter is being cosy and comfortable even when we’re outside, so here are some essentials to keep the chills away.
While we do want to stay warm, we don’t want to resemble the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from 'Ghostbusters'. Thankfully, puffer jackets in 2021 deliver the thermal qualities we want while also keeping us stylish. Choose one that’s cropped, khaki, oversized or longline and you’ll be bang on-trend. You can save the marshmallows for toasting by the fire.
While we parents can choose to opt for an umbrella instead of a hood, for little kids a hood is essential. And while raincoats are practical for back to school in September, in the winter they need something with a fleece or furry lining to keep them extra cosy, especially on snow days. Popular shades this winter are orange, yellow, green and pink so you can add some rainbow brightness to gloomy days.
For us mums, standing at the school gate waiting for the bell can be tough on our poor feet. To avoid that numbing feeling, choose some boots that are snow-ready i.e waterproof, fleece-lined and non-slip. There’s nothing more mortifying than taking a tumble on an icy footpath and yes, I’ve been there, done that.
Welly boots are perfect for puddle jumping kids but if you want to keep their toes toasty choose some with a faux shearling lining and a drawstring to keep the warmth in and the water out. A chunky sole with a good grip will ensure that even if the puddles freeze, they won’t have an unexpected ice-skating session.
We often hear the phrase "hats off to you", but in this case it’s hats on! You’ve probably heard that we humans lose most of our body heat from our heads, so a hat is essential, along with a scarf and gloves so our necks and hands don’t feel left out.
Although kids grow out of coats and boots frustratingly quickly, with a bit of luck you may find their hats, scarves and gloves from last winter tucked away in the back of their wardrobes. If that’s the case, then why not celebrate your shrewdness by treating yourself to a new set. It needn’t break the bank (there’s no need for cashmere) I’ve got my eye on a knitted hat from the high street that comes in at under a tenner!