The year 2017, it seems, is the year of Hygge. A Danish word (pronounced "Hue-gah") which cannot be literally translated but which is described as being warm, cozy, comforting, and enjoying the moment. It is can be applied to your home, your car, your office and of course; your wardrobe. I find it hard to believe with the extreme cold temperatures we experience in Canada and the US, it could take us so long to catch onto this Danish way of life. Think about sitting by the fireplace, wearing your Fair Isle sweater, wool socks, candles lit with a big mug of cider: heaven right?
In many parts of the Northern hemisphere, spring is within reach but since it's still bitter cold and snowy here in Ottawa I need this kind of post to get me through the next couple of months until spring arrives. It is possible to transfer this theory of coziness to your closet, you may want to just hygge your at-home clothing if you work in a very corporate environment but if you can get away with it I would Hygge the whole darn thing!
Here are five cozy items which can make your wardrobe hygge-ier until spring/summer:
1. Flannel Shirts
They're not just for lumberjacks and hipsters. They don't even have to be plaid, although I quite like some of the plaid out there. It's a cozy material, they come in flattering tapered shapes for women so it can be worn to the office or for a night out if you want to take your hygge "on the road". If you're not into flannel for everyday wear you could try some flannel pajamas instead. If possible go for flannel made with organic cotton, a soft and earth-friendly option.
2. Cashmere Shawl
In the winter, in Ottawa, it get COLD. Like, really, really COLD. So first thing in the morning it can be difficult to get out of my nice warm bed into the cold-ish house. My solution for this dilemma is a shawl. It doesn't have to be a cashmere shawl (the shawl I have isn't) but cashmere is oh so soft and a great luxury item to ask for as a gift or to invest in for the long term (unless you plan to go somewhere warm for your winters for the rest of your life!) If going for cashmere (which comes mainly from the "undercoat" of the cashmere goat when they are combed after the winter season. Source: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2011/jan/16/does-cashmere-get-your-goat)
3. Shearling Slippers
Another way to keep yourself in cozy-mode for the remainder of winter is by wearing some nice soft, shearling slippers. Not only is it a nice way to keep you feeling cozy after you extricaste yourself from your nice warm bed in the am, it's also a great way to keep you warm after a nice hot soak in the tub in the pm. There's nothing I love more than padding around my house in nice warm slippers on a cold winter day. Try to choose slipper that have sturdy rubber soles; better traction and protects your feel from the cold that can come through hard wood, concrete and tile flooring.
4. Buttery Soft Leggings
Leggings may be a no-no at work but for home-life they are a stretchy, soft, body-hugging piece of heaven. Choose leggings made with pre-shrunk Organic Cotton; super soft and better for the environment than Polyester (I still love my Sweetlegs but discovered they are Polyester and that takes a long time to break down in a landfill) mixed with low amounts of Lycra or Spandex (this material is a petroleum products using raw materials, toxic chemicals and lots of energy, also it doesn't have a long lifespan) (Source: http://wearnothingnew.typepad.com/wear-nothing-new/2011/01/environmental-impacts-of-fabric-spandex.html)
5. Cotton T-shirts
A versatile, cozy piece to have in your closet is a high quality organic cotton t-shirt. It can be layered underneath your warm weather clothing and then applied to your spring/summer wardrobe. You may wish to stick to basic colors; black, white, grey, beige for simplicity's sake but I prefer cream, blush and navy at the moment. A striped shirt is a classic piece (nautical has stood the test of time) which I would consider to be a staple in any wardrobe.
How do you get yourself "hygge" in the colder months? What are your go to pieces as you transition from winter into spring or fall into winter for our southern hemisphere readers :) Let me know your tips and tricks in the comments below!