I love Christmas, but I loathe being cold. And unfortunately when you live this side and position of the hemisphere, Christmas and coldness happen to go hand in hand. Twinkling Christmas lights! Outdoor fairs! Ice skating! Carol singing! (okay, maybe not that) – these are some of the perks of the festive season. But then each of these comes laced with icy cold blasts of wind, frost-bitten fingers, unexpected rain showers, and dear god, potentially even snow. Yes, snow may make a great Instagram photo, but what it doesn’t make is a nice easy route for the commuters of London – especially ones unprepared in the wardrobe department.
Every single year I put style above comfort, and end up miserable and cold wearing far too little or far too much. This year, however, with UGG Australia firmly by my side, I’ve managed to tackle the style vs comfort battle so that I’m never left frozen waiting for the train again. The key to keeping cosy and looking chic is all in accessorising. Cue an excuse to dress up all cliche-Christmassy and head to Winter Wonderland to test out some of UGG’s winter accessories at the market stalls, sweet shops, fairground rides and of course, sipping mulled wine.
What did I learn? The power of insulation. My ears were kept toasty with UGG’s black classic earmuff whilst my hands remained frost-bitten-free in the black Bailey gloves. I’ve always eschewed gloves, not because I’m an idiot that can’t see the use of covering your extremities from the cold, but simply because I have the dinkiest hands there is and can only really fit into children’s gloves. And honestly, do a pair of Minnie Mouse gloves really look sharp against your coolest coat and ripped denim? Of course not. But this pair of UGG Australia gloves fit, well, like a glove. Good ones, at that. Lined with soft sheepskin, this pair have served me well during my 6:30am trips in the ice cold winter streets to the gym.