Photo: Courtesy of Carla Cabrera.As a native of a warm South American country, I am genetically ill equipped to survive cold winters – or at least it feels that way. The drive to stay warm has turned me into a master at layering and at finding the coziest garments within minutes of walking into a store. Luckily, physics is on my side! It teaches us to start with an oversized garment – air is a poor heat conductor, which makes it a great insulator.
So, the more air between your body and your clothes, the larger the insulating layer, the more body heat will be maintained, and the warmer you will be. Which brings me to layers: The more clothing you add under that oversized garment, the more “air layers” you will create and the more heat you will retain. (If you’d like a lengthier and nerdier explanation of thermal conductivity, call me; I’m your girl.)
But, as much as I love physics, we don’t need heat transfer equations to help us stay warm, just a little strategic shopping. To that end, I’ve picked four of the coziest, most layer-friendly pieces at two local shops in DC to help you (and me) survive yet another chilly season.
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Photo: Courtesy of Carla Cabrera.There aren’t many things I love to wear more in the winter than an oversized sweater, especially if it doubles as a dress with plenty of room for thin layers underneath.
Funktional Orion Boyfriend Cardigan, $198. Fundamental Peek Through Shirt, $105. Available at Redeem, 1810 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C.; 202-332-7447.
Photo: Courtesy of Carla Cabrera.It doesn’t get much cozier than the combination of a scarf/poncho/hood and a soft slouchy sweater.
Religion Wool Camo Print Nonsense Sweater, $185. OAK Cropped Funnel Neck Poncho, $98. THVM H-24 Graphite Hi-Rise Jeans, $129. Available at Redeem, 1810 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C.; 202-332-7447.
Photo: Courtesy of Carla Cabrera.I find myself gravitating to anything cashmere — nothing beats its softness and warmth. This ombre poncho offers great versatility since you can layer a sweater (or two) under it for extra warmth.
Autumn Cahmere Ombre Poncho, $400, available at Muléh, 1821 14th St NW, Washington, D.C.; 202-667-3440.
Photo: Courtesy of Carla Cabrera.A jacket with a hood is a must for chilly days. This honeycomb knit version has a modern boxy silhouette (perfect for layers).
Vivienne Westwood Red Label Hooded Coat, $1,315, available at Muléh, 1821 14th St NW, Washington, D.C.; 202-667-3440.
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