5 Ways to Take the Cold with Grace

Happy Monday friends!

I can’t believe it’s already November! Halloween has come and gone, and if you live in a northernly place like I do, it’s starting to get cold. As the weeks go by, the weather forecasts predict lows that are closer and closer to zero. With freezing temperatures in our sights, it’s worth discussing ways to make the cold a bit more bearable.

1. Shower before you go to bed.

Trust me, you don’t really want to be this guy 😉

Woe is he who goes out in freezing temperatures with wet hair! Your wet hair will turn into frozen hair, and will make you a whole lot colder. Showering in the evening gives your hair time to dry, plus you won’t get hat head from wearing a toque in the morning!

2. Layer, but not too much.

You want to be able to move, too.

McGill is a beautiful campus, but it requires a lot of walking and Uni students don’t have lockers. That means that anything you wear to face the cold outside has to come off in class so you don’t suffocate. I recommend wearing a light sweater under your jacket, one that’ll keep you warm outside but bearable inside.

3. Make sure you have lip chap and tissues handy.

Not fun 😦

The winter is not only colder, but dryer than the warm months. Your lips will get chapped and your nose will run. That means you need to have a reliable supply of tissues and chapstick stashed somewhere easy to access so you can pull them out while wearing mittens!

4. Buy a winter coat you really really like.

This one’s a bit of a statement…

Let’s face it- if you live in Canada like I do, your heavy coat will be your best friend for at least 6 months. That’s a long time. Coats are also a big investment, so choose a coat that you’re really satisfied with. You’ll want it to withstand subfreezing temperatures but you need to be able to move in it. Same applies for your boots. It’s worth doing a bit of searching and investment to get good winter gear.

5. Use toques, mitts, and scarves to accessorize!


If you’re a college student, your budget likely won’t include multiple winter jackets, but wearing the same thing day after day can be a drag. The solution? Swap out hats, scarves, and mitts instead. You’re going to need them anyway, so you might as well have fun with it! Best of all, the aforementioned accessories tend to be less expensive, so you can pick up a few different combinations.

Hopefully this tips were helpful! Anything I left out? Let me know in the comments 🙂


Image Sources:

How to: Layer up! Easily and effectively

Hug Me Jacket: The Ultimate in Weird Winter Fashion



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