Staying Warm in Winter With Wool and Velvet

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Winter is back and this year it feels even more frigid than the winters of our past. Unfortunately, most people don’t have the luxury of being able to spend the day lolling by the fire. If you want to support your family, you have to work, even if that means braving an arctic blast. And even when the temperature drops, you still want to spend time with your friends. Whether you’re heading in to work or visiting the neighbors, it’s essential that you’re properly protected from the winter chills.

A good layer of winter clothing will not only fend off that chill but will help protect you against the cold and flu. When you’re shopping for winter clothing, you may feel intimidated by the number of choices that are out there, but your best options are still two of the classics – wool and velvet.

Wool items, such as a good coat, will keep you feeling toasty warm during the harshest winter, and yet are extremely easy to care of. With just a little effort on your part, your woolens can look as good as new for many long years. Wool can be worn by the youngest child to the oldest grandmother and still look sharp, and for those who like to sew their own clothes, wool is a very easy fabric to work with.

An exciting alternative to wool is velvet, which is very popular with fashion designers when it comes to making their winter fashion line. Velvet can be used in almost any piece of clothing, from muffs to sweaters and leggings to coats. Velvet has an unmistakable feel due to the unique way in which it is made – it is a soft pile fabric with a very high thread count. Many people prefer velvet because of its rich appearance and soft texture.

Velvet fabric tends to wrap the body, trapping your body heat and making you feel warm. For women who may be attending a gala event during the winter, velvet dresses provide an array of colors and cuts while offering protection from the chill night air. A velvet gown is often warm enough that additional coverage, such as a coat or cloak, becomes unnecessary.

With winter in full swing, it’s important that you keep wool and velvet clothing on hand. On the most bitter of days, you can face the weather with a velvet sweater and a wool coat, or snuggle by the fire wearing a simple velvet top and a pair of jeans. While wool is popular for everyday wear, velvet is the choice for more formal celebrations.

Whichever you choose, you’ll be warm. How much more dreary and difficult would winter be if not for those gorgeous cashmere sweaters that everyone loves or the always sturdy and reliable wool coat dressed up with a lovely velvet scarf? Your winter wardrobe is probably filled with sweaters and scarves made from a variety of fabrics, but if you really want to be warm, then velvet and wool are the must-haves.

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