I’ve figured it out. The secret to staying warm on my commute to the studio. I walk anywhere from 1 mile to 2.5 miles to and from the bus and my studio each day (sometimes the Mr. gives me a ride to the bus stop in the morning if we’re leaving at the same time). Regardless, at the very least I will have to walk at least one mile every day, but I’d say the norm is 1.7 to 2.5 miles and yes I’ve mapped it to the tenth of a mile. Why? Because I’m that girl who is always cold. Similar to my girl Alina who finally flew the DC coop for warm and sunny L.A. (totally jelly). I don’t see living in L.A. or anywhere permanently sunny in my near future unfortunately. Guess that just means more trips to the beach!
Back to always being cold. You see, when I lived in Florida right after college, well it was just warm. Then we moved to Kansas City for five years where everyone has a car and wears Uggs. So basically you are never outside very long and you can acceptably wear Uggs. Everywhere. Here in D.C. most people don’t just wear Uggs out in public unless you are walking your dog early in the morning or late at night and it’s snowing and like 20 degrees. Unfortunately I still live in a place where winter is very cold (not as cold as Kansas City but still cold), and now that I’m outside everyday on my commute, I needed to figure out how to layer up for the four months of depressing cold. Obviously wearing a coat, gloves, hat, scarf is the understood. Even an umbrella to keep you from getting wet from snow. But when it’s and wet, or even a wet snow, you can’t really wear leather boots unless you want to ruin them — which is what I typically wear — so I wear my Loeffler Randall rain booties (one of the best fashion decisions I’ve ever made was buying these). But as any gal with a pair of Hunters knows, they are not warm. You have to buy the big socks to go with them.
So the first day it was going to be super cold, I thought hmmmm what are my warmest socks? I have one pair of cashmere socks and thought, yep, wearing those. Well it looks like I need to purchase like ten more pairs and invest in cashmere because cashmere socks my friends are the secret to staying warm. Even when it was freezing cold, my feet only had these cashmere socks on, and they were warm, and I in turn was warmer than I know I would have been otherwise.
So if you were concerned about staying warm while outside this winter, invest in some cashmere socks. Wear them in your rain boots or your regular boots, and you’ll definitely be warmer than if you were just wearing thin cotton socks.
Do you have any tricks to stay warm?