How do you keep warm in brutally cold weather?

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I have a puffer coat. On not so cold days (anything above 30 degrees F) I'll just wear a sweater, a blouse and pants. Most days, I commute to work in sneakers. I save snow boots for when it actually snows and dress boots for the weekends. For weather below 30F, I will wear long johns underneath everything. Oh-I also will wear a scarf, earmuffs and gloves. When I had relaxed hair, weaves or braid extensions, I did wear hats, but I find that they mess up my natural hair. When its brutally cold, I'll resort to using the hood on my coat as a last resort.
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I used to wear hat, gloves, scarf, and a heavy winter jacket when I lived in Rhode Island. Now I live in Ga and I rarely wear a jacket. Usually just a sweatshirt hoodie or a thick sweater.
Pennsylvania doesn't get brutally cold very often, so I am fine as long as my ears and hands are covered.

My new snow boots are also quite warm.

I'm not much of a layering person though. The most I've done is a set of Under Armor or something similar under my street clothes if I am to be out for extended periods such as a football game.
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Oh, and I have a hat from Curly Zebra, because they are satin lined and they don't mess up the hair. Also, their size large is an actual large and not some tiny thing with an L on it.
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But when it's too cold my buttocks get really chilly....
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Oh, and I have a hat from Curly Zebra, because they are satin lined and they don't mess up the hair. Also, their size large is an actual large and not some tiny thing with an L on it.
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Cute! I saw a bag at Walmart yesterday that would go with that. It was a slouchy over-the-shoulder tote... I had to walk away....
I have a really warm North Face 2in1 Jacket. If I'm just running around town, going from car to building and back, I only wear my warm coat. Some days I wear knee high socks, which make a difference.

If I'll be outside for an extended period of time or if it's really windy, I'll wear a hat, snow boots, gloves, and maybe something for my face. I don't own any snow pants, but plan to buy some for long outings outside like sledding or something.

My hat looks something like this:


My snow boots like this:


My coat something like this:


So it's pretty obvious I'm all about function over fashion, LOL.
I'm gonna have to get one of those cute hats.

Ninadef, I want that black coat. So you can go on and pack it up and send on over the pond. LOL

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When it comes to footwear, I don't care about fashion as much as I care about being safe and cute. So I wear Bogs boots covered in flowers when it snows. When it's just cold I ear my regular shoes or these (unfortunately not this color)

Regardless, I'm wearing Smart Wool socks or knee high socks. If it's really icy, I wear YakTraks on my shoes. Maybe it's overkill, but I would be so pissed off at myself if I fell on ice and broke some bones or died or something. Also, warm feet help so much.

If it's in the singles, I wear silk long underwear on my lower half and then usually jeans or some kind of lined dressier pant. If it's warmer than 10, I just wear pants and knee high socks or tights. I rarely wore skirts and dresses in winters past, but I may try it out now that my lifestyle is more conducive.

Upper body is usually some kind of tshirt, some sort of overshirt like a sweater or whatever, and then a coat. I try to pick cute wool coats that are warm. I will not wear a puffer coat, sorry.

I wear mittens when temps are in the singles. Otherwise I wear wook gloves, my satin bonnett, and a cute hat. I wish I could find cuter hats that fit my big hair.

I wear as much color as possible in winter because it can get so dreary and depressing in the Northeastern US.

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Last edited by curlyarca; 12-19-2010 at 03:00 PM.
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I don't know what's wrong with me this year, but I'm really struggling with the cold, and it's only in the 20s and teens (it's usually worse before I really start working to stay warm). Maybe because winter started so early where I live?
In winter, the temperature ranges from -10 to -50 with windchil, with th average falling usually around - 20/30. I live by Uggs and wool socks. Also I have a down coat that falls below my bum. That and earmuffs or hat and I'm good to go.
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Last edited by Eilonwy; 01-31-2011 at 04:32 PM.
I'm in Minnesota where it's been colder earlier this year. What I wear:

Thinsulate-lined wool blend toggle coat from LLBean -- it's a pretty spring green color, which is nice on dreary days

Timberland hiking boots when it's just snowed

Yak Trax over my shoes when running, or when it's extra icy

silk long underwear when it's 10 or below

always a pretty and colorful scarf -- silk or cotton, very wide but somewhat thin fabric -- which I will often wear all day for extra warmth indoors

gloves or glittens when it's below freezing

Last edited by wild~hair; 12-20-2010 at 01:02 AM.
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Last edited by Eilonwy; 01-31-2011 at 01:19 PM.
Was that comment directed at me?

I wear my scarves under my coat, so they don't get wet. They're appropriate for daywear indoors, they serve as an extra layer that's versatile. I have the silk ones for when I need to throw something over my head during a snowstorm. And a wool pashmina to wrap around myself (coat and all) for when it's below zero and I find myself needing to walk a lot.

I simply cannot wear wool against my skin. I'm very sensitive to it.

Trust me, with Thinsulate and silk unders, I'm keeping quite toasty!

Last edited by wild~hair; 12-20-2010 at 01:37 AM.
Was that comment directed at me?

I wear my scarves under my coat, so they don't get wet. They're appropriate for daywear indoors, they serve as an extra layer that's versatile. I have the silk ones for when I need to throw something over my head during a snowstorm. And a wool pashmina to wrap around myself (coat and all) for when it's below zero and I find myself needing to walk a lot.

I simply cannot wear wool against my skin. I'm very sensitive to it.

Trust me, with Thinsulate and silk unders, I'm keeping quite toasty!
Originally Posted by wild~hair
I guess Eilonwy talks about underwear, not scarves
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Last edited by Eilonwy; 01-31-2011 at 01:18 PM.
I have wool knit thigh highs that are really warm that I wear with boots and skirts. With pants or jeans I'll wear long underwear. Something on my head and a sweater under my coat. I need a nice hat for my big head. A scarf over my face to combat cold-weather induced asthma. The down duvet comes out in the super cold weather. But I tend to heat up at night so I don't have it out yet. It has to be single digits.
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It doesn't get brutally cold where I live in Pennsylvania. It's been low 30's (F) this week. I've been wearing what I usually wear...pants and t-shirts, but adding a light sweater and my favorite unlined fleece jacket. I wear my clogs all year long, but in the winter, on really cold days, I wear thin trouser socks under them, rather than barefoot. I own hats and gloves and scarves, but rarely use them. I have ten tons of hair to keep my head warm.

I'm still wearing flip flops when I go swimming each morning to walk back and forth from the car to the building. People are starting to ask me "aren't your feet cold?" Um...no, not really. Is that wrong?

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