With the winter weather coming, you may sometimes find it difficult to choose what clothes to wear to the office. Gone are the skimpy tops and heels from the summer, and out come the winter woollies. You want to find clothes which are appropriate for work, will keep you warm, but are also stylish enough to keep you looking good over the season. How to dress warmly enough to stay comfortable outdoors or at work? Here are 7 winter clothing tips which will keep you warm all winter.
1.Don't get over-sold on synthetic materials.
Synthetic materials often come highly recommended. Before you buy synthetic materials, however, be aware of the following:
Wool will keep you warm even when it is wet. I know of no synthetic material that will do this.
Natural materials tend to breath better. This can be critical when you start to work up a little bit of a sweat and need to evaporate this sweat so that you don't become cold later when you are a little less active.
One exception is the value synthetics add as wind-breaking materials. It sometimes makes sense, for example, to have a pair of wool gloves (perhaps with leather palms for wear) covered by larger-than-your size mittens that have a nylon shell. This will keep your hands very warm.
2.Keep your feet warm.
Your feet are in contact with the cold ground. You should wear well-insulated boots.
Again, favor natural materials. Wear wool socks if you can find them and layer them if necessary.
Sheep skin boots or Moncler Boots can also be quite warm.
3.Keep your neck warm.
A scarf around the neck or a jacket that zips up to your neck will do.
There are 2 important reasons for covering your neck:
- You want to leave as little skin exposed as possible. This is the obvious reason.
- A less obvious reason is that you want to seal the top of your jacket so that air does not leak out of the body of your jacket. You lose a lot of heat when the top of your jacket is basically an open hole surrounding your neck. If you were a boat, you'd sink.
Patch up the leaks wherever you can. Be sure to buy a jacket that has velcro seals on the cuffs of the sleeves so that you get a tight seal against the cold around your wrists.
- Make sure it features down insulation. In spite of commercial advertising to the contrary, there is nothing warmer than down -- in my opinion.
- Make sure it is rated. My coat is from L.L. Beans. It is rated to 20 degrees below zero (fahrenheit). It is quite warm. You can do even better than this at a mountaineering store if you need to.
Note that the ratings on coats are generally geared towards moderate activity. If you are planning on standing around gazing at the stars through your telescope, you may need to buy something that is even warmer.
Make sure it has a hood. This is important because it represents yet another layer. You should wear both a hat and a hood if it is very cold.
Ideally the hood will stick out in front of your face just like the hoods of Antarctic explorers you see in National Geographic. This traps air near your face. The fur lining that lines the hood is a further air trap. A natural fur can provide a further benefit; it reflects heat back to your face.
Unfortunately for warmth, the fur on my hood is cotton and acrylic.
Make sure that all openings on the jacket seal. This includes the top of the jacket and the sleeves. There should be a pull string that lets you adjust the waist so that you don't lose air out of the bottom.
Buy a coat that is long enough. I special ordered mine in a long size. The racks in the store did not carry one that was long enough to suit me.
Ideally, I want a winter coat to extend far down on my thighs and the sleeves to reach down to my hands.
First, you want to keep your torso warm.
Second, your want to keep your head warm.
Third, you want to keep your feet warm.
Fourth, you want to keep your neck warm.
Fifth, you want to keep your hands warm.
Sixth, you want to keep your legs warm.
4.Wear long underwear.
Besides providing an extra layer, long underwear saves your legs if all you are wearing are blue jeans.
5.Buy a good winter coat.
I've saved the best suggestion for last. Here are some of the features you want in a winter coat:
6.Make sure you don't sweat.
If you get too warm. you sweat. This is very bad. If you sweat, you get wet. If you get wet, you get cold.
How do you avoid sweating? Make sure you peel off your layers as you start to get warm. A very fast way to cool off is to open up your jacket. Another is to take off your hat.
Anything that helps you to radiate heat will help you to cool down. Taking off your mittens turns your fingers into radiator prongs radiating heat. Taking your hat off turns your head into one giant radiator prong radiating heat.
The key is to stay on top of it. At the first sign of excessive warmth, start opening things up. Usually this happens when you are doing something that causes you to exert yourself, such as climbing a hill.
7.Prioritize! Decide in advance which body parts you wish to keep warmest.
This was taught to me by a lady from Norway. She says that keeping your priorities straight will help keep you warmer. Some body parts are more important than others.
Here is how I suggest you prioritize based on what I learned from her:
By focusing on what is most important first, you are likely to stay warmer. Why? Because ignoring a very important priority area, such as the head, will make you cold very quickly.