Everybody knows that winters are cold in Canada. Yet it can be an enjoyable (if a tad too long) season, and the best way to make the most of it is to prepare for it accordingly—that includes dressing warmly.
The key is to block the wind. Contrary to popular belief, Canadians don’t wear several layers of sweaters and five pairs of pants to stay warm. In fact, most of the time, I just wear socks, a pair of jeans, a T-shirt and a sweater. But I have a very warm knee-long jacket, and I often wrap a scarf around my neck—I have a rather extensive scarf collection—because it feels comfy. I rarely wear a hat because it really messes up my hair (I sound like an airhead writing that, don’t I!) but my jacket has a hood—good enough if it snows.
However, I’m terrible when it comes to wearing gloves. It’s common sense to protect your hands, though, because the wind can be extremely cold and winter weather is generally dry. But I always seem to need my bare hands and I hate taking the gloves off and putting them back a second later after making a call (the touch screen does not work with gloves on!) or taking a bus ticket out of my wallet.
My favourite pair is this $10 classic I bought right before the Vancouver Olympic Games. The patriotic “red mittens” are surprisingly warm and comfy.
I still have this pair from the 2010 collection (other similar models came out since) and I love it!