There’s no denying that this time of the year is best spent jetting off to the other side of the globe where cooler climes beckon. And if you’re like our Fashion Assistant Asri, that holiday bought on an advanced airfare promotion more than 7 months ago is finally within reach.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. As exciting as it is to not have to periodically wipe sweat or check for unsightly underarm sweat spots (UNIQLO’s AIRism is really a God-sent for that), there are a lot of factors to consider when travelling to colder climates. Mainly, what to wear or bring in order to stay comfortable because the last thing you’d want is to not be prepared for how cold it could get.
Together with UNIQLO, we’ve come up with a two-part guide on how to keep warm while enjoying the sights. We start off with moderately cold (10-20 degrees Celsius or basically “aircon” weather) that’s typical of November.
There’s no need to resort to thick wool-laden coats or heavy gauge sweaters. Light layers are your best bet on tackling this level of cold. Pick fabrications that like light wool and cashmere in clothes that you’d wear back home. For instance, a flannel shirt under an extra fine merino wool V-neck jumper is not at all bulky yet provides sufficient protection against the cold.
Top the look off with a jacket like the denim one Asri has got on. It’s an easy outer layer that you can peel off if you do start feeling a little too warm but handy and light to have on hand. The extra pockets are a bonus too.
If you want more control on the number of layers you have on, substitute the jumper for a zipped ultra-light down vest. Apart from being incredibly thin and light (no more looking like a stuffed potato), the vest is easily packed into a compact palm-sized bag. Keep it handy when temperatures dip as it gets late, no sweat.
Key notes: light layers, medium-weight fabrics and trusty outerwear.
Other handy accessories: HEATTECH socks and gloves.