There is no such thing as bad weather – only bad clothing. Have you ever heard this sentence? It is very common here in Germany to say so and there is some truth to it. This is why today, I want to share which materials will warm you best in Winter and how to layer them.
To come to the point; even though I am eating a plant based diet, I wear wool. So strictly speaking I am not vegan. This is why I always say I „eat a vegan diet“ instead of saying „I am vegan“. I love to wear wool and I am always very careful about where to buy my woolen pieces from. A lot of fair fashion labels are very transparent when it comes to where they get their wool from. Usually organic wool comes from animals which are held in somehow okay conditions and they do not have to go through such a turture like those „coventional“ animals used for fast fashion products.
This said, I have to add that I do also wear wool coming from „conventional“ animals, whenever I find something second hand. Like the coat I am wearing here in this post; it is made from wool and I found it second hand. These are the compromises I make – wool yes, but either organic and fair fashion or second hand.
So what is there to say about the right materials to stay warm in winter?
I found that it really is all about the right layers! I always mix wool with cotton. Either I wear a cotton long sleeve under my woolen dress (like in this outfit) or I wear a woolen long sleeve under my cotton blouse. Cotton and wool seem to make a perfect match when it comes to maximum warmth.
The wools I like best to stay warm are most definetly 1. Alpaca 2. Cashmere and 3. Merino. Alpaca is definetly the best material to stay warm in Winter, however, it is also really expensive, especially when you want to get it fair and organic. Cashmere is actually even more expensive and equally awesome. Merino is somehow cheaper and will also do a great job in keeping you warm. Compared to any kind of synthetic material any wool will do a great job. Just check where it is coming from!
In case you do not want to wear anything from an animal on your skin, a blend of Acryl and Cotton will do great. However, always take into consideration that every syntetic fiber (acryl, polyester…) will lead microplastic in our groundwaters and our oceans – and hurt animals in the end more than wool does. Fish, dolphins and other animals living in our coeans DIE because of microplastic, whereas it does not kill sheeps or alpacas, when we take some of their wool (from organic and fair producers). Cotton on its own will also do okay, but may probably not really keep you warm on those really cold days.
For the above reasons, I cannot recommend polyester to anyone. However, I do still have a few polyester pieces left in my closet and I sometimes wear them. Whenever I wear something made from polyester, I make sure that I wear something made of cotton or wool underneath. Wearing polyester directly on your skin, will most probably give you an uncomfortable feeling of either feeling too cold or starting to sweat because your skin is not able to breath.
I am wearing a cotton longsleeve underneath my woolen dress (from Hess Natur) and my woolen coat here in this post.
Which brings us to the topic of layering; I do like chunky knits, I sure do. But I feel often more comfortable in lighter clothes. The good news is: you can feel as warm and cozy in a light piece as you can in chunky knit. It is all about layering the right materials! As I wrote above I like to combine a light cotton longsleeve with a light woolen dress or sweater or I wear a light woolen longsleeve underneath a thin cotton blouse – and I feel all warm and cozy.
What is the most important when you want to stay warm? Right; to have a warm head.
A huge amount of body heat is lost through the head and we will always feel more comfortable whenever our head is warm (and our feet by the way!). I love to wear wooly hats or headbands made from alpaca, since alpaca really is the best material to stay warm.
The headband I am wearing here is from the German fair fashion label meinfrollein and not only is the headband made from fair trade and organic alpaca produced in Italy, handmade, and super beautiful BUT it is also combining fashion with social commitment. The lucky doll (or worry doll as you can also call them) that you can see on the headband is made in a fair trade project in Guatemala and through buying a product from meinfrollein different projects in Guatemala will be supported.
Feel free to check out more about the different projects from meinfrollein here (some of them are translated to English).
By the way, the lucky doll is removable so you can take it off or switch it to the front, the side or the back of the headband like you wish.
I hope you enjoyed this post and my tips and tricks on how to stay warm 🙂
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I am looking forward to read your comments… and to prepare my next post for the „how to survive a German winter“ series! See you back here on Sunday!