Winter is coming. For some, the coldest season brings cooler temperatures with a mild dusting of snow sufficient enough to make life just festive enough for the Holidays. For others, a green Christmas is all they’ll get – lucky! For Canadians (and other snow-centric countries), winter brings cm-upon-cm of the white stuff and the Mercury rarely reaches 0°C. While you’d think we hunker down and hibernate like the bears do, Canadians have a certain resilience to the bone-chilling temperatures and manage to even look good while negotiating the endless snow-shovelling, slippery roads, and lack of Vitamin D. I’m pretty proud of this fact while simultaneously dreading the reality and planning potential escapes in my head! (Caribbean, anyone?)
Honestly, I sometimes wonder how we even leave our homes in the depths of winter, but I realized that as much as we dislike our eyelashes freezing together (true story), we know how to stack our wardrobes with gear that’s essential to us not freezing our toes off. Everyone knows layers are key to mastering cold weather, but do we all have to look like stuffed toys in the winter? The answer is no! Being a country that spends more days below 0°C than above 20°C, we have tons of options that help keep us fashionable and warm. Canadian brands are masters at making layers look H-O-T hot, so of course I had to make a guide to winter fashion showcasing the homegrown talent that combines form and function into one convenient guideline!
The Lightweight Down Jacket
The Waterproof Knee-High Boots
The Warm Woollen Mittens
The Asymmetrical Earrings
The Essential Sweater
Since layering is the only way to conquer winter, the base layers should be a bit lighter, because no one wants to be sweating up a storm by weighty clothes piled on. I usually pair my sweaters with a camisole underneath for extra warmth. This Dex sweater is warm yet wispy enough to remind you of the easy breezy days in the not-so-far-away spring.
The Monochromatic Jeans