I’ve always had this impression that stylish winter apparel won’t keep you warm – and often, I was right. The previous winter jackets I own were from fashion labels, rather than a winter wear label. Needless to say, I was constantly freezing and running into cafés and department stores to keep warm. This was especially the case when rif and I were in New York early this year and there was a snow storm.
When I visited Tohoku in late October, I was told to pack warmer clothes as the weather along the coastal area is often unpredictable. I brought with me a few pieces from Universal Traveller, including some from their Winter Collection 2016/2017.
The weather wasn’t particularly cold but because of the strong wind, I felt really cold. It was about 13-15 degrees during the day and 6-9 degrees at night – enough to make me shiver. People tend to overlook the importance of owning a wind resistant jacket; my late mother was a strong believer of such jackets to keep warm.
I stubbornly refused such jacket when I was in London last year because I didn’t want to look like a ‘dumpling’. As always, I regretted my decision of not bringing one along. Winter destinations like Japan, China and US requires a good wind resistant jacket (down jackets). These days, down jackets are trendier and significantly lightweight, making them easy to flatten and pack.
I really like the turtle neck long knitted sweaters from UT as they keep me warm without making me look bulky. All you need is a set of good thermal wear underneath and you’re good to go. I tend to like layering my apparel during winter, so scarves are important to keep the neck warm and accentuate the outfit.
I used the semi fitted wool coat with colour blocking detail most during my time in Japan – it was warm enough and also trendy. I like how it’s chic and minimal, and the colour blocking detail gives an illusion that I’m wearing two layers of coat. rif wore a similar down jacket with herringbone quilting, which I believe he found to be of good use when the wind hit us out of nowhere in Matsushima Bay!
While I didn’t get to use my down jacket as much during my time in Japan, I believe it will be of better use when I go there again this week (yay!). I heard the weather is way colder this time of the year but I’m quite confident the jacket would keep me nice and snug.
• Don’t forget your thermal wear. This helps retain body heat so you don’t catch a cold easily.
• Take care of your ears and wear an ear muff or snow hat if the weather is that cold. Trust me, you wouldn’t want to endure that kind of pain.
• Gloves are important. There are gloves that are touchscreen friendly but I personally prefer leather gloves for a chic look.
• Try to bring more turtleneck clothes to keep your neck warm. Otherwise, invest in good scarves – the cashmere ones are amazing.
• Skip the heat packs from those RM5 stores – they do almost nothing to keep you warm. Plus, they take up pocket space.