With the cold season just around the corner, we thought that it might be best to school some of you guys on what to wear so that you can look cool and feel warm at the same time. Let’s face it, winter’s in Kenya aren’t brutal, but they can chill you down to the bone. Here’s a list of 10 essential threads that you need to invest in:
- A PARKA
The Parka was originally invented by the Caribou Inuit and was made from caribou or seal skin for survival in the frigid arctic environment. Parka’s today are large windproof jackets with a hood that will keep you feeling warm and looking stylish at the same time.
- A FLANNEL SHIRT
If you’re looking for a shirt that doubles up as a jacket, then a flannel shirt is your best bet. They’re softer, thicker and warmer than regular shirts. Even though they might be a little pricey, it’s an investment that you will be happy to have made because they’re resilient and keep you looking fresh.
- DARK JEANS
Not that they offer any more warmth than other jeans but dark jeans seem more appropriate during winters because they match with the heavier fabrics and deeper colors associated with the cold season.
- A PUFFER VEST
Winter is all about rocking the right layers and there isn’t a better layering piece than a snuggly puffer vest. They look sharp when combined with a sweater or a flannel button-down shirt. Puffer vests also work well under heavy coats and jackets.
- A WOOL BEANIE
Sure, a cold head might not mean a colder body but it’s always nice to keep your ears warm – especially during those long, chilly weekends outdoors. A wool beanie eliminates the need for a pair of earmuffs and provides you with a trendy way to protect your head from the elements.
- A PAIR OF LEATHER GLOVES
Leather gloves are also an awesome way to keep your hands from turning into blocks of ice. People who are glued to their smartphones should consider investing in a pair of tech-friendly gloves. This ensures that they can use the touchscreen feature on their phones without having to take them off. Tech-friendly leather gloves offer style and practicality.
- A WOOL OVERCOAT
Sure, parkas and flannel shirts mean business, but what do you wear on all those other days when you’re still feeling winter wear but the weather isn’t as unforgiving? The answer is a wool overcoat. They’re great for wearing to the office, formal events or meetings. As a rule, only wear one on its own – don’t even think of throwing a puffer vest underneath it or a large coat on top of it.
- A SCARF
If you were thinking that we had forgotten to mention something, well, stop thinking it. We know how important scarfs are as a winter accessory. Bundle up your neck in style this season. Simple navy blues and neutrals will do the job just fine, although something colorful never hurt anybody.
- A GOOD SWEATER
Once again, winter’s all about layering it right. Sweaters are essential layers for keeping warm. There are tons of styles and materials to opt for too — from wool cardigans to cashmere pullovers. The shawl-collar sweater is a definite must-have this cold season.
- A PAIR OF FUNKY SOCKS
The cold season and socks are like bread and butter – you can’t have any one without the other. Walking barefoot during winter is almost impossible, unless you have really strong soles. A pair of festive or funky socks always add a little zing to your swag, even if you’re at home – you can even integrate them with your formal or business outfits.
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