Whether you’re working inside or outside, everyone can agree that Winter is cold. The days get dark and dispiriting while the other side of the world is basking in rays of sunshine. During these cold winter months, it's important to stay warm at work. Here are 7 tips to keep you warm:
The best place to start is delving deeper into different types of fabric. They all have their unique properties you can leverage to keep the cold at bay.
Polyester is essentially finely woven pieces of plastic made into fabric. I know this does not sound like the most comfortable fabric to wear but the result is surprisingly soft and warm. Polyester is a great choice because of its attractive price tag; however, this comes at another price. Polyester takes hundreds of years to break down naturally and is often attributed to harming the environment. If you do buy polyester make sure you have a recycling plan in mind.
Cotton clothing is made of natural fibres from the cotton plant, or to be more specific, the fluffy fibrous outer that protects the inside. Just like polyester, cotton is soft and comfortable but depending on the weight of the fabric, might not be suitable for Winter. The thing is, cotton absorbs moisture very easily and retains it – not ideal for a cold environment. Thicker cotton fabrics will keep you warm but make sure you keep them dry or you’re in for a bad time.
Merino is a Winter essential that has stood against the test of time. To this day there are very few fabrics as reliable, warm, and breathable as a good ol’ Merino garment. Merino is made of Sheep’s wool and has a natural crimp to it, this helps to trap in the air around the fibres and insulate. In addition to being exceptionally warm, Merino can also absorb up to 30% of its weight in moisture without losing its insulation properties.
Nylon is an entirely synthetic material often used as a cheap alternative to silk. Nylon has become popular over the years dues to its stretch, lightweight, drying, and easy to care properties. In the summer months, Nylon is great due to its breathability and light properties. In the winter months, Nylon is also great because it can easily combine with other fabrics to create a more durable garment that can withstand harsh elements.
Layers are great for keeping you warm. This is essentially the bread and butter of keeping the cold away. Layers act as insulation – think of it as blankets, the more you have the warmer you are. There are three main layer types: base, middle, and outer. The base layer is the closest to your skin and the last line of defence for keeping the cold at bay. Typically, the base layer is a garment made of polypropylene or Merino. The middle layer is your insulating powerhouse. Thick garments such as sweatshirts, jerseys, and fleece are great options here. Down jackets are also good for the extreme cold. The outer layer is less about keeping you warm and more about protecting you from the elements. If it isn’t raining a good choice for your outer layer would be a down or merino coat but, in the rain, your best bet at keeping you dry is a high-quality polyester garment such as a rain jacket.
When most people think “keep warm” they image many tight layers of clothing. However, this is counterproductive. Leaving space in between layers is key to keeping you warm as the warm air in the space acts as insulation. Your body will naturally produce heat which will get trapped in this insulation bubble, maintaining a constant temperature throughout.
Break the wind
The insulation barrier mentioned above can be blown away by the wind by ripping through the tiny holes in the fabric. To prevent this, make sure you wear a suitable outer layer such as a Polyester jacket. This tightly knit fabric will help stop the wind from ripping through your clothing and removing heat from the insulation barrier.
When water evaporates it takes the heat stored in the liquid away. If your clothing is wet, then the evaporation process is happening on your skin and cooling you down. To keep warm you must also keep dry. You can stay dry by using a rain jacket made of high-quality polyester, or even better, coated in Teflon.
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Keep your extremities warm
The idea that most of your body heat is lost through your head is a myth. Most of your body heat is lost through whatever is uncovered at the time. Get yourself some quality socks, gloves, scarves, beanies, or even earmuffs.
Talk to your team
These tips will help you get the most out of your uniform. However, it’s even more important that you have the right clothing in the first place. Have a chat with your team to fins out what they require. If you are looking for some additional garments or even a brand refresh with an entirely new wardrobe, then Arrow can help.
No one wants to be cold or wet at work