Or the secret to staying alive in winter…
Okay. So. Have you been outside? The Armageddon is here and it’s emulating the Ice Age. Seriously! We’re freeeeezing. So. Darn. Rude.
Our solution? Don’t go out. Just say no to George Michael and stay in the warm. Snuggle down into the softest blankets and throws. Be rescued by fiction or fashion mags or finding yourself in the interwebs.
In the interests of keeping cosy, we’ve invested some time. We’ve done a little market research into the materials that promote the highest toast-factor. We’ve got your back. And your knees. And your shoulders. We’ve got you covered basically.
So here it is. From the toastiest to the not-quite-so-but-still-toasty…
Goose down – delivers sweeter dreams
The queen of thermal insulators, these super-soft feathers have been used down (!) through the ages for their cosy qualities. They live inside quilts + bedspreads and work en-masse by trapping the heat in their loose structure.
A little on the heavy side, goose down is not super portable, making it ideal for warming up your boudoir. As Annie Lennox says, sweet dreams are made of this…
Alpaca – the perfect movie marathon companion
Shorn from the undercoat of that charismatically shaggy creature, alpaca wool is the new black when it comes to warmth. It’s deliciously silky-soft and durable, naturally hypoallergenic and water-resistant. It’s reportedly 7 times warmer than wool.
Alpaca is naturally found in shades of faun to grey, chocolate brown and jet black, or eject the neutrals in favour of vibrant dyes.
Angle the TV, pour a warming whisky and settle in.
Mohair – adds luxury to your lounging
High lustre and high sheen, mohair wool makes winter look chic. Luxurious and resilient, this silk-soft wool has great insulating properties AND it loves dye. You’ll find it in the most decadent tones. Shorn from the Angora goat, this wool is known as the diamond fibre.
Drape yourself in mohair throws, sup your mulled wine and meditate over the likes of Umberto Eco.
Wool – pure + simple winter warming
Abundant and accessible (as in for your wallet), sheep’s wool is synonymous with snug. Its ability to absorb moisture and release it back into the air seems almost magical. Its lanolin content makes it less hypoallergenic. Available in a multitude of textures and weights, it’s less itchy in a finer knit.
Rug up (and rug under your feet if you like) with a cuppa chino or chai for wholesome toasty goodness.
Silk – when warmth meets elegance
One of the oldest and most lavish of textiles, silk is renowned for its lustrous looks and seductive drape (!). But it’s also absorbs moisture and is hypoallergenic, for epic good looks that are also comfy.
Fleece – for taking homely with you
Lightweight and durable, fleece is derived from polyester fibres. These synthetic fibres are tightly woven to prevent the moisture in the air from getting through.
These are ideal for when you’re on the run. They pack up small and deliver big with the heat.
Cotton – to combat the chill on balmy winter afternoons
Pure cotton is known for its breathability, so it perhaps wouldn’t be your first choice when you’re fighting back the freeze. But thicker weaves trap the warm air – look for herringbone, cable knits, waffles and other heavier knits.
When the rain abates and the sun braves an entrance, a cotton knit is the perfect knee warmer for your Saturday morning with the paper.
There you go, lovelies. The key to cosy. Be snug. Cuddle up. You can make it through!