Dress for Success: Everyday Layering for Cold Weather

Dress for Success: Everyday Layering for Cold Weather
Cold weather can be daunting, but with the right approach to layering, you can stay warm and comfortable, without sacrificing style. 
 
As the temperature drops and winter sets in, mastering the art of layering becomes essential to keep warm, comfortable and cozy in cold weather. Whether you’re braving the elements while walking the dog, commuting to work, or running errands, effective layering is key.
 
Just as you'd layer for skiing or snowboarding, the same basic principles apply when choosing cold weather layers for everyday. For maximum comfort and warmth, remember B.I.S. - Base layer. Insulator. Shell.
 
When layering for cold weather, start with a base layer (thermals), add an insulator, (mid layer) and cover it all with a warm shell (coat).
 

The best layers for cold weather

  1. Base Layer: this layer acts as your second skin, keeping you comfortable throughout the day. A natural fabric like Merino wool is a great choice for a base layer when you want a breathable option with no added bulk under your outfit. It provides moisture-wicking, warmth and odor resistance. 
  2. Insulating Layer: Depending on the severity of the cold, you can add an insulating mid layer on top of your base layer. This layer should provide additional warmth and can be a cozy sweater, lightweight hoodie, insulating vest or anything that suits your style.
  3. Outer Shell: The outermost layer is your shield against the elements. It should be windproof, waterproof and capable of handling snow or rain. Choose a jacket or coat that matches your daily activities and style.

heavyweight base layers

The Ridge Inversion Heavyweight is the the best base layer for extreme cold.

    Best practices for cold-weather layering

    • Don’t overdress: Layering allows you to adjust to varying temperatures. Overdressing can lead to overheating, which can be uncomfortable.
    • Pay attention to accessories: Don’t forget essential cold-weather Merino wool accessories like gloves, a warm hat and a good scarf. These items complete your outfit and provide additional warmth.
    • Choose the right fit: Well-fitting layers are more effective in trapping heat and keeping you comfortable. Ensure your clothing isn’t too tight or too loose.
    • Stay active: Physical activity generates heat, so staying active in cold weather can help keep you warm. 

    Cold weather layering is an art that anyone can master. By starting with Merino wool - the best cold weather layers - you can ensure comfort and warmth, regardless of the outdoor conditions. So, embrace the cold with confidence, and stay cozy in style, knowing that the right layers are the key to winter comfort.

    cold weather layersThe Hammil Merino Wool Flannel is great as a layer or on its own.

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