I still have that coat, and it has served me through two Munich winters and a Sevillian ‘winter’. Once, again though, my thick coat is not up to the job and I have had to venture into the more industrial strength of the coat world: This winter calls for a duvet coat.
One of the first things we were told, and then told again, and again, was that to survive the winter pain free, invest in a good coat and a decent pair of boots.
Boy, has that already turned out to be good advice!!
For the couple of weeks after buying the coat I had to stop myself from wearing it - despite the thought of wrapping myself up in the cosy duvet style of it appealing to me, the temperatures were not cold enough to justify it.
So that was the coats, but on with the footwear. Those in the know have explained that cheap boots aren’t good, as the salt and grit will destroy them before winter is up. Boots I once considered to be winter footwear are mere fashion wear.
Layering seems to be the way to go: a hat and then the coat hood. Two pairs of socks in fur-lined boots. Ski trousers, four layers under my coat. My hands are not so toasty, so a ‘proper’ pair of gloves will have to be purchased I think. On one of the cold days we went for a fifteen minute walk up to one of the main streets, by the time we reached the street my hands were numb and sore so we had to duck into a café and warm my hands on a hot mug of coffee before the walk back home.
And winter has only just begun...