Choosing the Right Layers for the Winters
With extreme winters in Canada, choosing the proper layering technique is crucial. It will help you make the most of your cold-weather clothing and prevent dangerous exposure.
Basics of Layers:
Now that the winter is upon us, it is time to take out the layers. Layering in winters is a science. Wrong choices will result in you feeling cold even after doing your best to cover up. There are certain things you need to keep in mind to keep the winter from getting to us.
There are 3 basic layers that you need to master before you should step out.
Base Layer: Also called the underwear layer; absorbs all the sweat off your skin.
Middle Layer: Also known as the insulating layer, which captures body heat, locks it in and prevents you from getting cold.
Outer Layer: Also referred to as the shell layer; protects you against rain and wind.
The smart thing to do is to take all layers while going out, you can always take layers off when it gets hot.
Base Layer: Moisture Management:
The primary purpose of this layer is to move the perspiration away from the skin. Meaning, it’s time to take out your long Johns. It keeps you becoming chilled.
However, your long Johns can be a real pain in the neck when the temperature shifts. If you have dry skin then you have truly little to worry about, but no one likes sweaty/drippy skin.
You can pick your base layers that are made of materials such as synthetics like polyester and nylon, or natural fabrics like merino wool & silk (ooh! Fancy.)
Make sure to pick the product with the least weight. This is your first layer and there are more, and you do not want to feel like you’ve got extra pounds of weight strapped to your body.
Middle Layer: Insulation:
For this layer, you want something that traps the heat and uses that heat to keep you warm.
The preferred materials for this layer include both synthetic and natural. The thicker or puffier it is, the warmer it will be. Look at products like polyester fleece, down insulated jackets, synthetic insulated jackets, etc.
Outer Layer: Rain & Wind Protection
As the name suggests, it basically protects you from rain and wind. You can spend a fortune on a good one or spend less and get a “good enough” one. Most allow at least some perspiration to escape; virtually all are treated with a durable water-repellent finish to the water form drops and just roll off the fabric.
Fashion Tips for Layering in Winters:
- Play with Colours: Explore your colours, a good colour combination can turn you into a fashionista of your group.
- Feel the Fabric: Fabric makes a difference; anyone can tell the difference between polyester and silk. See what fabric suits you the best.
- Play with proportion: Make a good combination of colours, wearing some items in the same colour family helps and a little messy and imperfect makes it a new kind of perfect.
- Do not be a coat rack: Try not to wear more than one bulky item. Layer from the inside and top it with a nice jacket. There you have it, your “all eyes on me” winter look.
- A little experiment never hurt anybody: See what the market has to offer, explore through your options.
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