What to Wear & Bring during Winter

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Walk with Cham during WINTER.



For Filipinas like us, it's no surprise that most of us (like me) are not used to the winter season. Living in a tropical country the coldest we can get is when we travel to Tagaytay or Baguio where temperature drops to 14 degrees depending on the season you're visiting. For my year ender trip, my family decided to spend the holidays at South Korea which has four seasons including winter. Winter season in South Korea occurs from the start of December until early March and since we went there from December- January, yes it was our first winter wonderland experience it had a temperature between 5 to -7 degrees. brrr.

I've prepared for months for this trip not just because it was so exciting to dress up for winter (most especially if it's your first time) but because I'm the type of person who shivers easily #tropicalgirlproblems so I researched and planned all my outfits. 

Here are my pointers that you can consider when traveling during winter.

Layering is the key
Layering can make your body feel warmer, yes it will be heavier and you will have a hard time dressing up but trust me you'll thank yourself later on when you get out of your house. 

Top should be at least 3 layers
First layer | thin long sleeves
Second layer | a fleece or sweater
Third layer | thermal jacket or trenchcoat

Bottom should be at least 2 layers
First layer | tights or leggings
Third layer | pants

Uniqlo's HEATTECH
A cutting-edge fabric to combat the cold, Uniqlo's Heattech garments can be as thin as other normal inner wear making it perfect for layering. They have tons of styles and types to choose from- Heattech inner wear, fleece jacket, thermal jacket, socks, leggings, tights, cap, gloves and scarf. I bought turtleneck inner tops, fleece jackets, tights and a thermal jacket.

Winter Accessories 
Adding winter accessories to your get-up will make you feel much warmer (it can also compliment your whole winter fashion statement)

Winter Shoes  - I have purple and beige that I used for winter activities. I bought it during my trip to Taiwan around 3 years ago, my Mama bought one at Terranova for around P500 #cheapo

Scarf - Buy the wide and thick ones where you can cover your whole neck and even your mouth. 

Earmuffs - This will protect your ears from the cold (I usually wear mine at night when it gets insanely chilly) I have two - 1 brown which I bought in Beijing and 1 white which I bought at Terranova on sale.

Cap/Bonnet/Hat - My head can tolerate the cold as compared to my other body parts nonetheless I have around 4 different colors and type of head warmers just to be safe. 

Gloves - It was just so unfair when locals can tolerate the biting cold and not wear gloves at all. As for me, my hands couldn't tolerate the cold so I had to wear gloves most of the time. It's a bit of a hassle that my gloves aren't touchscreen sensitive that I had to remove it when using my touch screen phone. So my tip for you is buy touchscreen sensitive gloves.

If you'd like to see my everyday winter outfit, here's a rundown of my #WOOTD

Day 1 | Christmas Look
Since it was Christmas day, I decided to be more festive and wear red, I was thinking of complimenting it with a green scarf for a more Christmasy look but I figured it was too much. hohoho.


Red Trenchcoat | Forever21
Black Hi-waist Pants | Jag
Black and White Scarf | Uniqlo
Earmuffs | Terrananova
Black ankle boots with heels | H&M (wore it during city tours)
Black sling bag | Rubi
Black Gloves | Terranova (not seen)
All inner wear are from Uniqlo Heattech

Day 2 | Winter Wanderland
For a hardcore winter outfit I wore three Heattech layering all from Uniqlo. I had this thermal jacket since last year which I wore during my trip to the Great Wall of China.




Purple Bubble Thermal Jacket| Uniqlo (from Mike's Mama)
Pink Heattech Fleece | Uniqlo
Dark Blue Pants | Forever21
Black Scarf | H&M
Purple Bonnet | A shop in Nanluoguxiang Beijing 
Earmuffs | Terrananova
Purple Winter Boots | Shilin Night Market Taipei
Gray Gloves | at the actual ski resort
All inner wear are from Uniqlo Heattech

Day 3 | Houndstooth Outfit
I have a thing for black and white and this houndstooth coat caught my attention when I went shopping at Forever21. Paired it with a white fur beret for that ultimate stylish look.


Houndstooth Trenchy| Forever21
White Sweater | H&M
Black Jeggings | H&M
Black Scarf | H&M
White Beret | Myeongdong Seoul
Black ankle boots with heels | H&M (wore it during city tours)
White Gloves | Terranova (not seen)
All inner wear are from Uniqlo Heattech

Day 4 | FurDay
Any kind of fur can warm you down hence the reason why grabbed this black fur coat from a sale rack in H&M. This was the warmest coat out of all my outfits. To break the monotony I wore #GSunnies in Cotton Candy.


Black Fur Trenchy| H&M
Gray Fleece Jacket | Uniqlo
Black Hi-waist Pants | Jag
Black and White Scarf | Uniqlo
Black Bowler Hat | SM Department Store
Black ankle boots with heels | H&M (wore it during city tours)
White Gloves | Terranova (not seen)
Shades | @georginasasha #GSunnies
All inner wear are from Uniqlo Heattech

Day 5 | All Beige Everything
For another day at the snow, I wore a long trench coat to fully cover my body, winter bonnet (the warmest from all my head gears), thick scarf, winter boots, earmuffs and gloves. I realized the brown leather gloves were not as warm as compared to the thick ones I have. 


Brown Trenchy| H&M
Blue Pants | Forever21
Beige Scarf | H&M
Biege Bonnet | Myeongdong Seoul
Winter Boots | Shilin Night Market Taipei
Beige Gloves | A shop in Nanluoguxiang Beijing 
Shades | @georginasasha #GSunnies
Bag | Lacoste
All inner wear are from Uniqlo Heattech

Day 6 | Walk Train with Cham from Seoul-Busan
That day was a bit warm in Seoul so no coat for me just a hoodie given by Mike (3 layers of top of course). I was able to skip the head gear, gloves and earmuffs too #feelinglocal


White 'Walk with Cham' Hoodie Jacket| Gift from Mike
Pink Heattech Fleece | Uniqlo
Black Hi-waist Pants | Jag
Black Scarf | H&M
Purple Winter Boots | Shilin Night Market Taipei
All inner wear are from Uniqlo Heattech

Day 7 | Rockstar
Busan is warmer than Seoul (10 to -3 degrees) so I wore lighter clothes. For this day, I picked clothes with an attitude and pretended to be a rocker. with. a. fur. beret.



Black Leather Jacket| Forever21
Black Jeggings | H&M
Black and White Scarf | Uniqlo
White Beret | Myeongdong Seoul
Black ankle boots with heels | H&M (wore it during city tours)
Black Gloves | Terranova (not seen)
Shades | @georginasasha #GSunnies
All inner wear are from Uniqlo Heattech

Day 8 | Utilitarian Chic
The military trend is definitely in, luckily I found a marked down priced jacket which I bought months ago. I paired it with a striped sweater and metallic sunnies perfect for a day exploring cool Busan.


Olive Military Trenchy | Forever21
Striped Sweater | H&M
Blue Pants | Forever21
Beige Winter Boots | Shilin Night Market Taipei
Shades | @georginasasha #GSunnies
Brown Sling Bag | Myeongdong Seoul
All inner wear are from Uniqlo Heattech


Day 9
Weather in Busan is more tolerable so this lightweight gray trenchy fits Busan weather perfectly. I finally got to use it since I purchased it months ago, again on sale of course #girlkuripot 



Gray Trenchy| Forever21
White Sweater | H&M
Black Hi-waist Pants | Jag
Black Scarf | H&M
Black ankle boots with heels | H&M (wore it during city tours)
All inner wear are from Uniqlo Heattech


Other Things you Need to Bring
1. Medicine & Vitamins - It's really important to bring a first-aid kit with you. Because of the erratic temperature, taking vitamins and medicine helped us a lot in fighting flu. I had with me Bioflu, Berocca, Strepsils, Tiger Balm, Giga Massage Rub & eye drop. 




2. Lotion/Moisturizer - Your skin will get extremely dry and will lose its moisture so lotions and facial moisturizers are your skin's best friend during winter.

3. Lip balm - same as the skin, your lips will get dry and will most likely crack resulting to a serious windburn so make sure to bring your best bet lip balm or better to bring a petroleum jelly. In my case, I never had dry lips compared to my family, I guess because I used Mac Lipstick in Lustre to keep my lippies moist all the time.

***Oh by the way please don't forget to add luggage allowance. We have 20 kilos each for 10 days. 

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13 comments

  1. Hi!
    This is a very helpful post indeed thank you very much for sharing your tips and WOOTDs. You are lucky you have so much coats to wear! But if you were to buy/bring only one which one do you recommend? My husband and I plan to travel Seoul next month and I have yet to invest in a good warm winter coat. Thanks in advance.

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    1. It's really up to you but if you will using it more than once, buy a coat with neutral colors - black and beige are your best bet. Make sure it's thick and warm! Buy Heattech inner wears from Uniqlo, it would help a lot!

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  2. U brought all yr outfit fr php? How big is yr bag? Seems like u hv 9 diff outfit....wooww...n all are so beautiful

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  3. really awesome.. perfect.. love it thank youu........

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  4. Thank you for those useful ideas we are planning to go to korea by december next year. just to experience snow with my family. Love your blog its almost complete and full of infos regarding winter preparations

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  5. Thank you for those useful ideas we are planning to go to korea by december next year. just to experience snow with my family. Love your blog its almost complete and full of infos regarding winter preparations

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