How to Keep Warm in Cold Weather - Dress in Layers, Wear Hats, Gloves, and More!

My hat rack. And there are more where that came from!
My hat rack. And there are more where that came from! | Source

Tips for Dressing Warm: Wear a hat, scarf, and gloves!

Wearing a hat, scarf, and gloves is my number one tip for keeping warm in extremely cold weather. My brother used to tell me all the time that a hat was the key item, and he was right. He would wear a light jacket in the winter, (and sometimes even wear shorts, crazy guy!), but he would always have on a hat, scarf and gloves to hold in the heat. It really does work! I've been practicing this for years, and it helps immensely.

While I do wear a heavy coat in very cold weather, or perhaps a lighter jacket with a heavier overcoat, I don't leave the house without a hat, scarf, and gloves. That works well for me, as I love hats. I'm grown to love scarves, too, as they're useful in very cold weather to wrap around your head, even over your mouth and nose. You can still breathe, but your face is nearly covered. I hate, hate cold weather, but I do love those winter accessories that are decorative as well as functional. I wear at least the hat from fall through spring. Don't knock it until you try it. These three items make a tremendous difference.

My niece all bundled up....
My niece all bundled up.... | Source

Wear layers to stay warm

As previously mentioned, you can even layer your jackets and coats. In extremely cold weather, I will sometimes wear a lighter jacket underneath with a heavy coat over if have to walk outside for very long. On the rare occasions that I wear skirts or dresses in the winter, I also layer the tights (great for helping to keep warm) with socks over them, before putting on boots. Tights are great to help keep the legs warm in the winter, often warmer than just pants alone. They can be worn with skirts or pants. Men or women can also opt for wearing long johns under their pants. Undershirts can be worn under shirts and blouses to help ward off the cold.

Even indoors, I generally wear a jacket or sweater over whatever outfit I wear to work. That way, I can adjust my personal temperature by taking off or putting back on this extra layer.

Optional Winter Items that Help Keep Warm

I've recently discovered a couple of winter accessories that are new to me that I just love! Have you seen the fingerless gloves that hold the little mitten top with a button? These are so cool! You can pop off the top in order to use your fingers. If your hands are cold, you can still drive, type, text, or use your fingers as needed. When your fingers get cold, cover them with the attached cover. My boyfriend was the one to actually buy the first pair for me! Realizing how much I loved them, he bought another pair for me this year for my birthday. Another friend bought me a pair, too, so I'm set with these really cool (warm, actually) and functional gloves. Love 'em!

Another item I love is the head wrap that can also be worn around the neck as a neck warmer. I was immediately interested after seeing a friend wearing one of these. She surprised me with one for my birthday! These lovely accessories go around the head, over the ears and under the hair. Great if you don't want to mess up your hair too much! I've also taken walks with one of these on cool days when I only wanted to cover my ears. I put it under my hair and let my hair flow. There was no need for a pony tail, even.


My collection of scarves...and more hats!
My collection of scarves...and more hats! | Source
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#25/30 | Source

Experiment!

Do you have more ideas for keeping warm in the winter, especially when it's extremely cold? If so, please share in the comment box. Bring back the leg warmers of the 80s if you need to! Heck, those may have gone out of style, but they sure were functional as far as cold weather went. With miserably cold weather, why not try whatever works? I know I will.

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favouriteperfume 4 years ago from Malvern, UK

Hats, scarves and gloves can make a real difference to your comfort in the cold, especially when there is an icy wind blowing!


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

On moving from Florida after living there all my life to the Carolinas I found learning to dress for the cold an interesting task. Even the fabrics we wore had to changed. I didn't like the weight of the heavy clothes, yet I was cold. Discovering layering with vests was a huge help!

Neat overview of dressing for cold weather you have here. :)


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I have a hat that has a scarf attached to it that I really like. Just recently on a TV show I saw a jacket that has some kind of a heater built right into it. That jacket is going on my wish list for next winter as I hate the cold.


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Just Ask Susan's comment reminded me of Hot Hands. I don't know how I didn't think of them--guess it's our current warmer weather--I love these guys. They are my constant companions in cold weather because they warm me without the heavy clothing. Hot Hands are not just for outdoors people!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

For sure, favouriteperfume! I wrap my scarf around my face when the wind is cold. It makes all the difference!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

VL....I have lived where the winters can be brutal, for most of my life. Yet, I love being here and the winters don't throw me for a loop as they do for some cold weather haters.

I learned as a child, It's especially important to have good, insulated boots and a warm hat and gloves, for all the obvious reasons.

Truthfully, if people would simply learn to wear the appropriate items for staying warm, they might even learn to love winter, as I do. Great hub. Good luck in your 30/30 challenege. I just noticed you are well into it!

It gets cold in Arkansas??!


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Angelo52 4 years ago from Central Florida

Great information in another well written hub. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

I agree with the layer idea for sure, and I must have a hat for cold weather that covers the ears!


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Escobana 4 years ago from Valencia

Great tips Victoria! And legwarmers are fun to wear by the way...especially in bright colors combined with boots. Can be very sexy even:-)

I have to be honest though...In Holland I would do anything to stay warm and comfortable. Scarfs, hats, gloves and long wintercoats.

Now that I'm living in Spain since a few years, I am so happy to stay out of those really cold winters. But layers...yes! Layers always work for me, whether it's very cold or a little warmer.

Great Hub. Fun to read! Voted up, shared and away!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, RTalloni! Good to see you here. I guess fabrics are something to consider, too. Appreciate your comments! :-)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

A heater, Susan????Built into the jacket? I must look into one of those.

And RTalloni--the Hot Hands! I didn't think of those. I could use those indoors sometimes, too! Thanks!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

fpher--Arkansas had a mild winter this past one, thank God. The last two were brutal. In 2009, we had a major ice storm that destroyed a lot of property and put people out of commission for a while. The next winter we had about 6 or 7 snows, one of which was nearly 2 feet. Historically, AR had never been that bad, but these were miserable. I hate being cold at all, so I do whatever I can to keep warm, even in the spring and fall! I'm glad you like winter. We can't all live in the same places LOL. I'm hoping AR is going back to more mild winters...we'll see. Thanks for stopping by. I am only a few away from finishing the 30/30. Have you ever done one of those? Wow. :-)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Angelo. Much appreciated!


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I live in the south where it shines down sun most of the year, so my winter wear consists of a sweater and socks. I miss living in the northern US where I could wear seasonal clothing such as boots, scarves and heavy sweaters. Call me crazy but I love the snow. I can remember bundling up just to go check the mail out front of the home. Great information and an enjoyable read.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

I hear ya, rebeccamealey! Gotta have the hat to cover the ears when it's really cold!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks for the comments, Escobana. Good to see you. I hope you are doing well!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

teaches, I don't mind a little snow, but we've had too much in the past few years (except for this winter, thank goodness!). Some people love it! I wish I had sun most of the year! Oh, well. Thanks for reading and commenting!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

VL...I have not taken on a 30/30 challenge. I have given this serious thought & would probably like to, but running our One-Woman Home Office, quite often gives me 2 & 3 days in a row where I have only 15 or 20 minutes to devote to my Hubpages activities. It's nothing for me to put 10 hours into a work day. Everyone who has shared their 30/30 experience with me, has made it clear that you really must be able to write DAILY in order to succeed in the challenge. For the time being, it wouldn't be feasible for me.......Even your "WoW," speaks volumes!! LOL. Congrats!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

fpher--The 30/30 wouldn't have been possible for me if I hadn't lost my full-time job. That's when I decided it was time since I'm only working part-time. Still, it's been a challenge to fit it in. Writing every day, brainstorming every day, working on photos every day until a hub gets ready to publish. It's been such a challenge and a great experience. Would I do it again? I don't know! I've learned to never say "never," though!


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

Great ideas for dressing warm during winter. Yes, with experimenting am sure we can come up with new rocking style statements!!!!!Voted up as awesome and creative.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Vellur--rocking style statements!That's funny!


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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

Your scarf and hat collection is fantastic! Great Hub :D


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Simone! I have more scarves and hats than I can wear! :-)


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melbel 4 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan

Amazing tips! In Michigan, dressing for cold weather is a way of life! I have a hat collection going, including a ski hat styled like a norse umm invader? It's an awesome hat! Great hub, awesome tips. :)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

I love all kinds of hats, melbel! Thanks for the great comments!


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boutiqueshops 2 years ago from Corpus Christi, Texas

I'm glad I live in South Texas, home of mild Winters. I'm afraid I couldn't take wearing layers to keep warm. :( I'd do it of course, but I'd be sad. LOL


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cclitgirl 2 years ago from Western NC

I love those headband/headwarmer thingies that can double as neck warmers. :) Fun and very useful tips here - I definitely dress in layers because I'm perpetually cold in the wintertime…so it's not unusual for me to have more than a FEW layers on. ;) Voted and shared!


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Dreamhowl 2 years ago from United States of America

I have begun to acquire a massive scarf and hat collection. Like you, winter weather isn't my favorite but I love wearing my scarves and hats at the same time!


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

boutiqueshops--I don't like it, either. I hate the cold. I always have my hat at least. Usually the gloves and scarf, too!


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Cyndi--Yeah, those neck things are great. I just have one and love it! I hate being cold, so I'm always wearing layers!!!! Thanks for sharing the hub!


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Dreamhowl, I love my collection of scarves, hats, and gloves, but I would gladly give over any attributes I was indicated as having before I was fired.

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