I don’t know where you live, but winters in New Hampshire can get pretty brutal. If you’ve seen Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant, you’ll have a pretty clear picture of me trekking to class. In these trying climate conditions, it’s important to have a cozy bed to crawl back into at the end of a cold, dark day. The recipe for the perfect varies for everyone, but after three years in the wasteland that is New London, New Hampshire, I think I’ve got it down.
Down comforters can range between fifty and two hundred dollars, but they’re worth every penny. Down comforters are for people who are serious about bedding. Goose down is widely known to be pretty much the warmest material on earth, and it has incredible lasting power. I’ve had the same comforter for almost five years and it’s worn like iron. They’re practically impenetrable–I’ve had the window open in the dead of December and been fine under mine. You’ll never go back to regular bedding again.
If you don’t want to splurge on a comforter, I’d suggest a cashmere throw. They may look thin, but they are warmer than my heart is after watching a Sandra Bullock movie. My mother has had the same cashmere throw since before I was born, and whenever I’m cold she always drapes it around me. Imagine a cashmere sweater except larger and enveloping your whole body. Cashmere can be pricy, but it’s honestly as soft and warm as if someone crossbred a polar bear and unicorn. It’s a winter staple.
Flannel is so wonderful. Contrary to popular belief, flannel sheets are not just for lumberjacks on their days off! Flannel is probably the most affordable fabric on this list: it’s pretty pedestrian, but very warm. A good pair of flannel pajamas will keep out the cold at night along with a pair of sheets–I’ve found the wool based kind to be the best. Be careful of static, but other than that you’d be crazy not to deck yourself out in this material for the winter months.