As the temperatures across the UK plummet, your poor summer clothing range is now being shoved to the back of the wardrobe to make way for your winter collection. But what can you do to make the most of the contents of your wardrobe to keep warm over the next few months?
Well, warm-headed! Islamic women can use their hijabs into an advantage when attempting to stay warm. If you will prioritize keeping your head warm, you will have won half the battle in keeping your warm this winter. Why not wear two hijabs? Although, always take an umbrella with you – as a wet Hijab is never pleasant.
Add another layer
Dressing in layers of clothing does several things for you: Layers fill up the space between you and your winter coat with insulation. Wear a t-shirt, sweater, leg-warmers etc under your abaya.
Wool can absorb a fair amount of moisture without conducting heat away because the water ‘disappears’ into the fibre spaces. Natural materials also tend to “breath” a lot better, which means if you are very warm and start to sweat, your clothes should allow the sweat to evaporate.
Avoid cotton clothing in wet weather, as it loses its insulating ability when wet and should be strictly avoided for outdoor/cold weather use.
The synthetic wind-break
Synthetics are fantastic wind-breaking materials, so invest in a high quality, simple and modest trench coat.
Don’t stick your neck out
A scarf around the neck or a jacket that zips up to your neck is a fantastic tip. This stops the warmth sneaking out of the top of your coat Your Hijab should cover your neck, but a modest scarf wrapped around your neck really seals in the heat.
From top to toe
Your feet are in contact with the cold ground. You should wear well-insulated boots. Again, favour natural materials. Wear wool socks if you can find them and layer them if necessary.
If you follow these basic tips, then all you sisters will be ready and prepared when Jack Frost and Frosty the Snowman move in this winter!