Every parent has the right to feel happy with how they look. Just because you’re a parent doesn’t mean that you can’t dress well and take pride in your appearance, but more often than not, the stress and time it takes to raise a baby means all this takes a backseat. When things start to settle, it’s time to invest effort back into yourself. You’ll feel great and you’ll dress for success in any job role you may have.
Take your styling efforts outside this season and look the best on the job no matter where you go or what you do in the frosty mornings here in the UK. Rain or shine, here’s how to stay effortlessly stylish when you work outside.
Invest in Thermal Layers
Thermal layers for your lower half and upper body are an absolute must if you frequently work in the outdoors. Thermal socks are also a great idea as it gets colder. These layers provide instant heat by trapping your body temperature close to the skin. They are thin and can easily be worn underneath all of your clothes, including jeans and shirts.
Choose Insulating and Moisture-Wicking Materials
For your thermal layers and clothes, you will want to invest in clothes that are made up of the right materials. Polyester fabrics absorb moisture and will get wet if you sweat and then freeze in the cold air. It’s not just manmade fabrics that do this, either. Cotton absorbs moisture and if you wear it as a base layer, any sweat will be absorbed into the fabric and rest against your skin.
Some fabrics provide natural wicking properties, meaning that they move moisture away from your skin. This capillary action keeps you driest as the moisture is moved along the fabric and outwards. Merino wool is your best choice, but other materials like the following can also work well:
Merino wool provides the additional benefit of insulation, but a workaround could include a synthetic under layer that wicks away moisture and then thermal and insulating layers placed on top.
Build Up Your Outfit With Layers
Layers are your best friend when it comes to dressing well when all you want is to bundle up as tightly as possible. If you need to be flexible and the temperatures are in the low 10s,then you can easily get away with a thermal under layer, a thick shirt, a sweater, and merino wool gilets.
Invest in Quality Coats
As the weather turns, you will need to invest in quality coats. Waxed, thick coats are ideal for winter wear as they can help keep you dry rain or shine. They are expensive, but they are the most worthwhile investment you will make for your wardrobe.
Finish it Off with Hats, Gloves, and Scarves
Always invest and wear quality outdoor wear like hats, gloves, and scarves. Your wrists and ankles are temperature control gauges for the body, and your head can lose a lot of heat, so covering them is essential to staying warm and, if chosen correctly, looking great.