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Our Winter Checklist! Everything You Need To Stay Warm This Winter

Winter is well and truly here, the fact you can see your breath as soon as you step outside is a firm indication that the cold season has arrived.

Those of us who are smart have already stocked up on coats, boots and scarves in preparation but I mean let's face it, most of the use require ice on the ground before we decide we should buy some winter boots.

So before the next cold snap hits take a look at our winter checklist to add to your wardrobe in order to be fully prepared.

1 - A Zip Up Parka

If you like to venture outdoors or just have to in order to get to work then you will be sure to need the warmth of a good old parka. You can pick them up at just about any high street store or online and they come in a wide variety of colours and styles in order to match your personality, so if you don't want to be a clone of wearing the khaki parka with then don’t fret there's more to parkas than you first think.

2 - Waterproof Boots

Here in the UK, we don't get hit by the snowstorms much if at all but ice is something we deal with a lot. If you live in a rural area it's best to invest in some warm, fur lined, waterproof boots with good traction on the souls in order to not be sliding all over the place or trudge through the snow if some were to fall.

3 - Stockpiles Of Basic Layers

Layers are a key part of winter when it comes to fashion and keeping warm. Grab a ton of basic long-sleeved T-shirts to wear under jumpers and coats. Basic items like this are essential for any wardrobe especially in the winter as while you are out and about you can always remove layers but if you don't have enough to start with then you could just be freezing all day and that's no fun right!!

4 - A Good Pair Of Gloves

Yes, you could scrunch your hands into your sleeves or cram them in your pockets in an attempt to not let your fingers get frostbite, or you can finally get a pair of gloves. Even if you are one of those people who is addicted to your smartphone then there are gloves out there which lets you still use your most loved device while keeping your hands nice and toasty.

5 - Pair Of Trusty Wellington Boots

If you are in an area with a lot of fields and woodlands then wellies will be your best friend in the winter, not only are they fully waterproof but also great for those muddy dog walks and deep snowfalls which you might encounter. Wellies are one of those items where you can grab the cheap ones from the high street or invest in some that you know will last a lifetime.

6 - Earmuffs For The Hat Hair Phobic

We have all been there and we all know the precautions of wearing woolly hats, yes, they look adorable and keeps your head nice and warm but if it means you will get that dreaded hat hair for the rest of the day then maybe it's time to look for something else. For those who invest too much time and effort in their hair to just ruin it with a hat then earmuffs are the ones for you. They still look just as good and you still get to keep your ears nice and toasty too without having to sacrifice your what your hair looks like for the rest of the day.

7 - Plenty Of Cosy Sweaters

If there is anything good to come out of winter, except Christmas of course, it’s getting to wear all the cosy knitted sweaters, no matter what colour or design cosy sweaters are a pure must for that winter wardrobe.

8 - A Big Woolly Hat

You already know that most of your body heat escapes from your head, so be sure to wear a warm woolly hat. It doesn't matter if you splurge or save a hat is key… unless you want to eliminate all chances of hat hair then it's back to the trust earmuffs (see point 6)

9 - Windproof Umbrella

Your standard umbrella is fine for those spring and summer showers but in the winter they just won't cut it, which is why it's time to invest in a stormproof umbrella to make sure those blustery days won't turn your brolly inside-out! Stormproof umbrellas might be a little bit more expensive than the traditional styles you probably already own but if you think about all the ones you have to throw away due to them being destroyed by a gust of wind then just spending a little bit more on one you know will last is probably your best bet.