Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Surviving Cold Crazy Weather.

10 tips for stylish layering techniques for all occasions

Winter in Utah can be a little crazy. The sun shines 125 days a year, but during the winter it's deceptive. Whether I'm working at home, running errands, or working in the office, I've come to learn layering is the best way to staying warm.

The trick is doing it with a little style. While a sweatshirt is cozy, it’s not exactly flattering for any body shape.

1.      Layer in secret! Pantyhose and silk shirts are a great way to add a layer of warmth without compromising your cuteness.
2.      Tanktops. A ballerina turned me on to the slimming effect of a tight fitting tanktop underneath EVERYTHING. When I was nursing, it was also a lifesaver for hands-free pumping, and I got addicted.
3.      Scarves are where it’s at. For me, keeping my neck warm makes all the difference. Last year I wore a scarf with nearly every style of shirt.
4.      Turtlenecks. Nearly every wintertime sweater I have leaves a little room to stuff a turtleneck underneath. I have a couple favorite long necklaces to accent and not look like a covered up blob.
5.      Shrugs. I have three favs. A chocolate, super thick sweater shrug, an ivory cashmere shrug, and a black wool shorty. I can put them over any of the tight long sleeve options in the closet, and those colors will go with just about anything.
6.      Sweaters. Ok, sometimes, the most important layer is pretty obvious. Sweaters are warm, colorful, and come in some stunning textures.
7.      Hats. Major bonus here, because you can also get out of doing your hair. My winter selection of hats are all fuzzy, and cover my ears for extra warmth.
8.      Snowmen. Playing outside requires some extra precautions. It’s important to make sure sweat and moisture is wicked to the outer layer. I have different layers for chilling v. sweat-inducing.
9.      Texture. I think fuzzy is a warm factor for me. Fuzzy socks seem warmer. Fuzzy pants seem warmer. Whether it’s the fuzzy hat, fuzzy scarf, or fuzzy socks, one element of my layer is fuzz.
10.   Snowmobiling. When I get cold, all bets are off. Since picking up the uber cold sport of Snowmobiling, dressing for warmth has become a major factor. Pantyhose, wool socks, thermals, snowboarding pants, silk thermal top, long sleeve t-shirt, t-shirt, sweatshirt, gortex vest, snowmobile bibs, snowmobile jacket, baklava, scarf, helmet. Serious Layering!!

Layer to stay warm, stay dry, and stay mobile. Layer with the day in mind: chopping wood? Wicking materials; shopping? Make the outer layer the warmest so you can easily shed it in the store.

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1 comment:

  1. Great tips! I live in MN.....and I hate freezing all winter long!
    I'm a new follower!

    my blog is Amy's life @


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