What clothes keep you warmest in freezing weather?

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I'm wondering about thermal underwear, that kind of thing.

I finally broke down and bought a down coat with a real fur hood. I suffer when the wind hits my face, so I bought a down coat with a deep fur ruff. (Sorry - it is real coyote fur, although recycled). Also bought mittens for the first time since I read that they keep your hands warmer than gloves (the fingers warm each other which I find kind of sweet - like they are being good to each other).

What do you wear when you know you will be in very cold temps for a long time?
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I got thermal underwear (long johns, right?) from lands' end before I moved to Chicago and they've been great. I usually just wear the pants underneath my jeans (if it's really cold/windy) or underneath my pjs at night (my heat is controlled by the landlady and she keeps it pretty low.
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OT: I recall you were job hunting. How did that turn out?
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Turtlenecks under things. Double layers of socks, with heating bags in my boots (they are the ones you shake and they get hot). I also like lulu lemon pullovers that have thumb holes so that I can pull that down under my coat and mittens to avoid that area on the wrist getting cold.
A lot of people here have the Canada Goose jackets but they are insanely expensive and I despise the fur on the hood, although I do see the purpose (sorry cp )
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Great - thanks AnnaB! I find LE very reliable.

OT: I recall you were job hunting. How did that turn out?
Originally Posted by curlypearl
Hope that helps! I also double my socks and use heat packs occasionally.

Annnd I started a salaried position at a law firm in August, which has been great just extra time consuming with school. How have you been?
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I wear tights or leggings and knee high socks under my pants. On top I just layer with other shirts or tank tops if it's a fitted top. And then I wear a zippered hoodie under my coat. I have yet to find a pair of gloves I like. Around here they're either so thick you can't do anything, or or the knitted ones that don't do squat against cold wind.
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On the top wear layers preferably 3. If you have more, its hard to move.
Cover your head with a hat underneath your coat hat.
Wear a scarf! Its important to not let the air in.
and gloves/mittens

Ski pants with one thick layer underneath like thick sweat pants.
and wool socks with warm boots.



For the top layers,I use one thick one and 2 not so thick.
YOur coat on top ( a good winter coat) with a coat hood.

It is important for the coat to have a hood attached so the air can't get in.

That never fails me when I have to be outside in the winter for hours.
You will not be cold, I promise!!!
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Narnia, thanks for your input! I never heard of heating bags in your boots. What will they think of next? I have to look into that.

Anna- I'm so glad you got a job! I remember when you were looking. I'm doing really well, thanks for asking, sweetie.

Cympreni, I like the idea of a zippered hoodie under the coat. See - that's exactly the sort of thing that wouldn't have occurred to me - you guys are great.

Violets, When I can scrape together some more cash, I'm going to look into ski pants. Another great suggestion that I hadn't thought of. Thanks so much for responding!
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Highly porous. Color over grey.
Best 1st day method: Super Soaker
Conditioners: Curl Junkie Beauticurls Strengthening Conditioner,
Deep condish: Curl Junkie Curl Rehab
Stylers: Mix Curls in a Bottle into everything for shine. Terrible pj
Sometimes try roller sets - classic glamor but I prefer my curls.
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My mother in law swears by Cuddle Duds, she wears them every single day in the winter under pants. You can find them in lots of stores and they're on sale a lot.
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Spring1 - hi there. Excellent idea - they've been around a long time. They must have something going for them and the price is right! I am going to order them. They sound commffffyyy.

I am so not liking winter! Pour me into a cup of cocoa and I'll hibernate.
2/c and some 3A. Modified CG.
Protein sensitive
Highly porous. Color over grey.
Best 1st day method: Super Soaker
Conditioners: Curl Junkie Beauticurls Strengthening Conditioner,
Deep condish: Curl Junkie Curl Rehab
Stylers: Mix Curls in a Bottle into everything for shine. Terrible pj
Sometimes try roller sets - classic glamor but I prefer my curls.
Every day is a gift
my sister swears by her silk long underwear when she's skating on the Rideau Canal in -20C wind chills.

she also has a vintage heavy wool coat with a fur lining on the inside.

when i lived there, i wore a big fun fur coat that i re-lined myself with kasha lining. this is a heavy flannel-backed satin. between the lining and the coat fabric, i put another layer of light fleece.

on *really* cold days, i would put on a pair of those stretchy dollar-store gloves and then put mittens over them.

i made my own hats out of fleece lined with satin with fun fur bands.

and the warmest scarves are real pashminas - long ones doubled around my neck.
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my sister swears by her silk long underwear when she's skating on the Rideau Canal in -20C wind chills.

she also has a vintage heavy wool coat with a fur lining on the inside.

when i lived there, i wore a big fun fur coat that i re-lined myself with kasha lining. this is a heavy flannel-backed satin. between the lining and the coat fabric, i put another layer of light fleece.

on *really* cold days, i would put on a pair of those stretchy dollar-store gloves and then put mittens over them.

i made my own hats out of fleece lined with satin with fun fur bands.

and the warmest scarves are real pashminas - long ones doubled around my neck.
Originally Posted by rouquinne
Canada, everyone.

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.

I'm always cold pretty much, but I find a good warm hoodie worn under my coat, gloves, and a scarf take the sting out of most cold weather. I'm sure I'd be thoroughly unprepared to deal with Roy's conditions, though!
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Leggings under jeans(I know)
Over the knee wool socks
Thick scarves+gloves
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I used to camp in -30C weather... With windchill on top, this was effective for me.

Feet: great boots with a removable liner (Sorrels come to mind), because you can replace the liner if it gets wet, and a good thick pair of wool socks - don't double up, or you risk cutting off circulation, which will make you much colder.

Legs: thermal undies, heavy flannel lined pants (you can get jeans lined with flannel - I think they're called logger pants), with a pair of ski pants on top.

Torso: thermal undies or a light long sleeve turtleneck t-shirt, followed by a heavier flannel or fleece button or zip up sweater, followed by a heavy down filled jacket and hood, a soft lining is preferred as they hold heat well, fur is nice but not necessary. Waterproof for sure. You want the easily opened layers because if you get too warm, you need to shed layers or else you'll start sweating which will make you cold and wet no matter what you're wearing.

Hands, I usually go for a light pair of gloves if I need dexterity followed by a pair of thick gloves or mittens (mittens are warmer). If you get cold, tuck your hands between your legs or under your armpits.

Head: a hat with adequate ear coverage is a must, plus your hood and scarf.

You can always remove layers if you get warm, in fact that's essential to prevent sweating.

Ok that was a lot for my phone.
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Byron,GA> Charleston, SC> Jacksonville, FL> Guilford, CT> Rohnert Park, CA! A southern drawl in sunny Cali! .
The amount of time from slipping on the peel and landing on the pavement is exactly one bananosecond.
I do have a secret yen for pink in unexpected places. ~ninja dog
I've decided that I'll never get down to my original weight, and I'm OK with that--After all, 8 pounds 2 oz. is just not realistic.
Canada, everyone.
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.

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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! )
What makes up a lot of time in cold weather, and what kind of activities?


If it's above 20, just good waterproof boots, thick wool socks (1 pair), tights or long underwear under decently thick jeans, tucked in long sleeved t-shirt or thermal top, sweater, down jacket with a hood. I've been loving headbands which cover the ears lately (thus the one sent to my secret curly ), and I would wear just a hat over the headband and hood up if it were REALLY cold. And scarves, always. I love scarves and take every excuse I can to wear one.

Horse shows were typically 10-12 hours not moving much sitting on metal bleachers, usually in an indoor arena so it wouldn't warm up and you wouldn't get sunlight, but at least no cutting wind. Usually below freezing somewhere - if it snowed we were happy because that meant it was a warmer show. I wore long underwear or tights under my riding pants and either fleece-lined exercise pants or jeans over the riding pants. Long underwear under the long sleeved show shirt, thin sweater, heavy sweatshirt, scarf wrapped partially around my face, down jacket. Well lined leather gloves, hat, heavy hooded jacket with hood up. Once I competed, I'd no longer have the sweater and sweatshirt but put keep the riding jacket and helmet on and put the heavy jacket over that and hood up over the helmet. Footwear could change - I loved my duck boots with a thick felt lining; warmest footwear I've ever known. Sometimes it was warm enough to not have to take off the riding boots. Other times hiking boots because it was above freezing and there was mud everywhere.
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I'm sorry, I don't have a lot of advice to give, but I'll give you a couple anecdotes from when I was a kid and the weather was frigid.

When we used to go traipsing all over in the snow (even with our pimpin' moon boots or duck boots), my mom would make us put on super duper thick socks, then make us slip our feet in old bread bags to make sure and keep them dry and warm in case the boots didn't do the trick.

When we would go snowmobiling or fourwheeling in the mud when it was snowing, nothing seemed to keep my hands warm. Then someone came up with the ingenious plan to put on the cheapy dollar store stretchy gloves that don't to anything on their own. Then we put latex gloves on to prevent the wind from cutting through the gloves. Then we topped it with the snowmobiling gloves. Warmest my hands have ever been.

My brother lived in Philadelphia for 2 years and when they would get ice storms (I'm sure it's nowhere near as frigid) and it was hyper cold all during the winter. He would put nylons, then thermal bottoms, then his pants. Said it was the best way he found to stay warm.

Take it or leave it, those were just some family experiences.
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CP, since you're in the city, I assume you don't want to look like you're about to summit Everest?

Silk long underwear is my secret for warmth without bulk.

Also anything with Thinsulate. I have it in my Land's End everyday winter coat and gloves.

Hoods are a must for when the wind is really biting.
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