Keep Calm & Stay Warm: How to Dress for Winter 101

Dressing up for the cold can be confusing—especially if it’s your first time experiencing winter. But take cue from this winter wear guide, and you’ll keep warm no matter the weather!

How to Dress for Winter 101

COOL 20°C to 10°C

If you’re travelling somewhere during autumn and/or towards the beginning of winter, you can expect “air-con weather”. This is the most comfortable range to be in, and you won’t need to make much changes to your wardrobe. Of course, you probably won’t be able to wear those hot shorts or tank tops, but you can still bring along your skirts and dresses—just pair them with leggings! There’s no real need for thick scarves, hats, or gloves, but if you want you can accessorize for style.

how to dress for winter

1ST LAYER 
  • Long-sleeve top OR T-shirt
  • Skirt / dress with leggings OR long pants
2ND LAYER
  • Coat
    You won’t need any heavy outerwear. Instead, opt for a light trench coat or parka.
ACCESSORIES
  • Covered shoes
    It may not be freezing, but it’s always important to keep your feet warm! Make sure you wear comfortable, covered shoes.

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COLD 10°C to 0°C

Sorry, no more skirts or dresses! At this range, you’ll need to start wrapping up—especially if is below 5°C. You’ll need at least three layers of clothing (including a warm jacket), and some accessories to cover your hands, head, and ears. It may also start to snow, so if you want you can pack an umbrella or raincoat along too.

how to dress for winter

1ST LAYER
  • Thick cotton shirt (long-sleeved)
  • Jeans OR thick pants
2ND LAYER
  • Woolen or fleece sweater
3RD LAYER
  • Light down jacket
    It’s cold enough to warrant a thicker jacket, so we recommend a light down jacket. You won’t need it to be too heavily padded.
ACCESSORIES
  • Boots
    Since it may snow, you may want to invest in a durable pair of boots. Look out for those with good soles that can survive snow and other unexpected types of terrain.
  • Hat
    Your ears may start to get cold, so keep those headaches away by covering them up. You may use ear muffs too.
  • Gloves
    Sure, you can keep your hands warm in your pocket, but what happens when you want to take a photo? Wear gloves to protect your hands (and actually use them)!

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VERY COLD 0° to -10°C

Considered severe winter, be prepared to “wrap like dumpling” unless you want to freeze! The secret to staying comfortable AND warm is layer dressing: Simply add and/or remove layers depending on how you feel. For instance, you can remove your top coats when you enter a warm mall or cafe. If outdoors (in the cold), most people will require two jackets or coats.

how to dress for winter

INNER LAYER
  • Long johns (thermal underwear)
    Long johns were optional for winters above 0°C, but not subzero temperatures.
1ST LAYER
  • Thick cotton shirt (long-sleeved)
  • Jeans OR thick pants
2ND LAYER
  • Woolen or fleece sweater
    OR
  • Leather jacket
3RD LAYER
  • Full down jacket
    Bring out the heavy-duty outerwear—you’re going to need it!
ACCESSORIES
  • Fleece-lined boots
    You’ll still want to be wearing boots, but for extra warmth, you can opt for fleece-lined or “fluffy” footwear.
  • Hat
    Same as above, or if your jacket has a quilted hood—even better.
  • Gloves
    Same as above, but opt for leather or thick knit material.
  • Scarf
    Don’t forget to cover your neck, especially if you’re at a windy beach or somewhere similar.

how to dress for winter

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