What clothes keep you warmest in freezing weather?

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It's already been said, but I popped in to say: silk long underwear, cuddle duds and thinsulated layers.
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Originally Posted by Saria
yes, but that was the capital city, which is (shockingly) acknowledged to be the coldest capital city in the world; even ahead of places like Moscow, Oslo, Stockholm and Reykjavik, Iceland! all of which are significantly north of Ottawa.



where i live now is 300 miles south of Ottawa and has much warmer (by comparison) winters.

And why as much as I would love to spend time in Vancouver for the Cantonese (which is widely considered to be the best in all of North America) and Vietnamese, I'm okay with a visit at the height of summer.
um.... our west coast is the warmest part of the country in the winter. they had a problem when the Olympics were held in the area because it was so warm that snow had to be trucked in from higher elevations in the mountains for many events.

the current temperature right now in Vancouver at 8 pm on a January Saturday is 45F. Weather Underground says it's -8F in Boston.

Originally Posted by rouquinne
Pretty sure that's not quite right. It's only around 30F. Thanks for letting me know, though. Vancouver trip sounds even better! I wonder if I can convince my friend to go there instead of San Francisco. Not that SF sounds bad, but I'm all about the food. (Montreal is the other place I want to visit up there some day; you're obligated to meet up with me at least once, so pick! )
Originally Posted by Saria
Vancouver is not cold at all. Doesn't even get much snow. It's a super great city.
I'm in Canada in the dead middle of the prairies. Last week was about -36C with the windchill. Right now is only about -24C which feels like a break lol.
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Yeah, your posts about the weather always make me cringe.
Vancouver temps aren't much different from Seattle temps. Right now, we're exactly the same at 43 degrees. It's all the Pacific Northwest. It's funny; San Francisco is always freezing cold to me. I'd go there for other reasons, but warmer weather wouldn't be something I'd expect to find unless I planned to spend the majority of my time outside the city. Saria, go to Vancouver and have fun.

In answer to the OP, I have long underwear that I wear skiing and to football games. Other than that, I just dress in layers. It doesn't get cold enough here to warrant much more than a wool coat with gloves and a scarf.
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Oh yeah, I know San Fran is supposed to be pretty cold. I didn't mean to imply it would be warmer. I just brought it up because my friend mentioned going in early spring and I've been thinking more and more about Vancouver, but I wonder if I can talk her into going there instead.
But good to know it's mild compared to other places in Canada (I found Toronto really cold compared to temps in NY for the time of year I was there).
I just got a Skhoop skirt, which I really like. I have the Original full length skirt. I'm not sure if you're asking because you'll be outside for camping or something, or since I think you're in NYC and from what I hear most people do a lot of walking. I think the Skhoop would be great to keep your legs warm if you wear dresses or skirts to work, but can still be used if wearing pants too. The Original skirt is very thin and the down skirt, well, looks like a down skirt.
this thread reminds me i need to get some long underwears
Thank you everyone for all the terrific ideas! I exchanged my Canada Goose for another down coat about $500 cheaper (sigh of relief) which is roomier and more comfy anyway. Narnia, you will be happy to know the fur on this new one is faux.

Went looking for cuddl duds but they were all out in my size so I went with one pair Jockey long johns (janes?) which were 50% off. Land's End has silk underwear - I'm going to buy one pair of that and see which is warmer. I bought a thick cashmere scarf. It had rather subdued colors for me - I will either look sophisticated or ill.

You had some terrific ideas that I never would have thought of like wearing thin gloves inside my mittens.

Spring1 you are hilarious. I looovvved those boots and in my wild and misspent youth I would have killed for them, but if I wore something like that now, I would be mutton dressed as lamb.

Thanks again to everyone who gave such great advice. {{{Curlfriends}}}. Hope I can repay the favor.
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I found Toronto really cold compared to temps in NY for the time of year I was there.
Originally Posted by Saria
Toronto is about 200 miles north of NYC - that can cause a significant difference in temperature.

i think the moderating effect of salt water is also vastly different to that of fresh water.

it is often much warmer on our east coast in winter than in southern Ontario even though they are much further north than we are.
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Lots of thin layers
A good coat
A scarf, one large enough can be one of your thin layers
knee or thigh high socks
in snow it's so important to have good boots.
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^I'm anxiously awaiting my snow boots. I can't take how cold my feet keep getting, and even worse, wet. I'm gonna be so much warmer!
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If I'm going to be out in 10 or below temps for any length of time I start with Under Armour or Wind River long underwear top and bottom. Then jeans, thick socks (no wool for me) and LaCrosse boots on the bottom. On top I add an old Air Force issue thermal top and maybe a heavy lined hoodie or jacket. Then gloves, scarf, and either my rabbit fur lined trapper hat or my alpaca hat.

For just average cold weather (10-30) I rarely wear any long underwear, just warm top and jacket, jeans and boots, etc.
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I wear cuddleduds (actually they are knock-offs I found at WalMart!) bottoms under dress pants EVERY day at work in the winter time.

I want some of those tops with the thumb hole in the sleeves that someone mentioned. *dreamy*

I wear wool socks too. I cannot fit a sock over my cast, so I knitted little sockies that look like preemie baby hats to cover my toes. I am currently in love with them.

I wear lots of layers. I also wear pretty scarves, not just with an overcoat, but inside. I cannot tolerate turtlenecks; they seem to be out to get me! But scarves that I can snug up or loosen as I need to work wonderfully for me. One of my coworkers told me the other day that I looked elegant and classy. I thought she was talking to someone else! She said she loves the way I wear my scarves.
I found heat tech stuff on a trip to NYC a couple of years ago, best cold weather wear ever. I like it better than silk or cuddle duds.
Women's Heattech - Thermal Underwear, Shirts, Socks and More | UNIQLO
The Orla Kiely prints are cute and really warm. The online store opened in the Fall and the customer service is just fantastic.
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I found heat tech stuff on a trip to NYC a couple of years ago, best cold weather wear ever. I like it better than silk or cuddle duds.
Women's Heattech - Thermal Underwear, Shirts, Socks and More | UNIQLO
The Orla Kiely prints are cute and really warm. The online store opened in the Fall and the customer service is just fantastic.
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I just sent this link to my sister, who is always cold! Thanks!
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