When temperatures dip, it can be difficult and frustrating to find something that suits your style and the conditions. As an eternally freezing person, I would usually compromise my aesthetic for warmth and just cut my losses until spring…that was until I found my good friend hemp.
Hemp is special for many reasons, but around this time of year its primary benefit is that it’s a natural insulator. Hemp has the best ratio of heat capacity of all fibers giving it superior insulation because it's both a hollow and breathable fiber (see figure below). Hemp naturally wicks moisture away from your skin to keep you warm and dry in the winter and cool and dry in the summer, which makes it a great all-season choice depending on the weight of the fabric.
Let's face it, hemp has come a long way from the scratchy material we associate with burlap sacks. Thanks to modern technology, hemp can now be blended with silk, Lyocell™, cotton, linen, and much more. The majority of hemp fabrics that I use are blended with GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) organic cotton, which vastly improves the touch and feel of the fabric to your skin. The end result is like you’re wearing your favorite cotton sweatshirt except it keeps you warmer, will last longer, is anti-microbial and used about 1/20th the amount of water during fiber growth and production--that in itself should make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
I hope this was informative and helps you get a head start on dressing for the elements, and if all else fails, layer, layer, layer, and maybe a ski mask.