3 Ways to Dress for the Cold

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3 Ways to Dress for the Cold
3 Ways to Dress for the Cold

Staying warm is not difficult, even in the harshest of winters. Provided, of course, you invest in quality clothing, choose the right materials and avoid getting wet on cold days. Buy a good quality coat with plenty of room to put layers of clothing underneath. To keep the outer layers dry, prefer nylon, polyester and waterproof materials. For the middle layers, use wool, fleece or down-lined pieces to keep the body thermally insulated. Avoid using cotton pieces in the bottom layer. In harsh winter, thick boots and gloves and a good hat are also essential to stay warm. If you feel very cold, place warming pads on your shoes and gloves to warm your extremities.


Method 1 of 3: Choosing the Right Clothes

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Step 1. Invest in a quality coat with a hood

The coat should be a little loose so that you can put layers of clothing under it without feeling uncomfortable. Bet on polyester, polypropylene or waterproof materials, such as nylon, to protect yourself from water.

  • If the coat fits your body with just a T-shirt underneath, it's probably too small. You need space for about two or three lower layers. Opt for a size larger than what you normally wear if you're not sure how many layers will fit under your jacket.
  • Bet on a jacket with deep pockets to tuck your hands in if you forget your gloves at home.
  • Give preference to zippers over buttons. The zippers offer greater protection from the wind.
  • Jackets are shorter than large coats, such as trench coats and overcoats, and only protect the upper body. Jackets offer greater protection against intense cold.


Fur hoods are super beautiful, but they tend to hold water. They can be a stylish option, but only if you're not going to spend a lot of time in the rain or snow. Caban coats are also extremely elegant, but they make a bad outer layer for rainy or snowy days.

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Step 2. Cover your head and ears with a thick hat

If your coat has a hood, bet on a hat made of wool, knit or cotton with polyester. If he doesn't have a hood, however, invest in a waterproof hat made of nylon or pure polyester to keep his head dry when it rains or snows. The hat should cover your ears. Feeling cold in your ears makes you feel cold all over your head, even if your head is covered.

  • Keep away from hats that cover the top of your head, but leave your ears unprotected.
  • There are several styles of hats available, in different colors. Choose what looks best on you.
  • If you're going to work and need to keep your hair neat, a earmuff is a good alternative to a hat.
  • The ears don't have much natural protection, so it's essential to keep them warm.
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Step 3. Protect your hands with thick, padded, waterproof gloves

A pair of thick gloves is essential to beat the cold. Bet on casual or functional gloves padded or lined with wool. The glove hem should extend beyond the jacket cuff so your wrists are not exposed.

  • Avoid formal leather gloves unless you are going to work. In addition to being thin, they also lack good water resistance.
  • You can find winter gloves with special padding on your fingers so you can use your phone without any problems.
  • For those who like it, those fully padded gloves, with no split for the fingers, are a great option. The problem is, they can make your hands sweat, leaving them clammy and cold. Avoid them if you tend to sweat your hands.
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Step 4. Cover your face with a scarf, balaclava, or ski mask

Covering your face will prevent the wind and cold air from reaching the most sensitive parts of your body. Wrap the scarf around your neck. Then bring the two little ends together and thread them through the loop on the other side of the scarf. Pull them to make the scarf snug and lift the top of the cloth to cover your nose and lips whenever you need to. For the harshest winters, a ski mask is a great option.

  • Purchase the ski mask at a sporting goods store to make sure it is suitable for physical activity.
  • Balaclavas are caps that cover the entire head, leaving only small openings for the eyes and mouth. They are great options for those who want to keep their face warm.
  • When it comes to winter fashion, a good scarf can add a special touch to a look.
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Step 5. Buy thick socks and a pair of large boots to keep your feet warm

To protect your feet, bet on a pair of thick winter boots. The boots should go over your heels and be slightly larger than your regular shoes to accommodate the socks, which should be thick and woolen. If you need to walk through the snow, opt for thermal socks. The wool will eventually absorb water.

Cotton absorbs water and moisture, which means cotton socks can make your feet even cooler when worn with winter boots. After all, the material will absorb sweat from your heated feet

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Step 6. Wear fleece or thick fleece pants

Unless you plan to spend a lot of time outdoors, some fleece or wool pants should keep up with the bitter cold. The thicker the fabric, the better. Polyester is also usually a good option, but if it is too thin, it will allow an air passage that is not recommended for colder days.

  • Thick denim is also great for the cold, but it should not be worn on rainy or snowy days. Denim takes time to dry at low temperatures and is not water resistant.
  • Nylon walking pants are also excellent. The ones made of spandex and cotton, however, do not protect against the cold.
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Step 7. Warm your legs with a pair of long johns or snow pants

In severe winter, it is recommended to wear snow pants over regular pants to keep your legs warm. If you're going to work or need an extra layer of protection, bet on a pair of long johns under your pants so you don't feel cold in your legs.

Most people just need a pair of boots, a coat, gloves and a hat to stay warm. Unless it's extremely cold, you don't need any extra leg protection

Method 2 of 3: Choosing the Right Layers and Fabrics

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Step 1. Leave the layers loose so that your body can breathe

While many people feel that the layers should be snug to keep out air, a little space between them will help keep your body warm. The heat produced by the body contributes to thermal insulation, and the space between the layers contains the hot air. If they stick together too much, you will start to sweat and end up feeling colder.

  • If you have a big coat that fits right on your body over a t-shirt, invest in an extra-large one. If the big coat is left over a little, it is not necessary to buy a bigger one.
  • Clothes should not be so loose that cold air can pass through.
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Step 2. Bet on a comfortable bottom layer of polyester, silk or nylon

Winter clothes will make you sweat. Therefore, it is essential that the lower layer is resistant to moisture. The most used fabrics are polyester and polypropylene, but silk and nylon will also keep your skin dry. Unless you are wearing full underwear, avoid cotton shirts.

  • Underwear is great for someone who has a lot of cotton in the closet.
  • Most fleece parts are made of either polyester or polypropylene. A skintight fleece garment, designed for physical activities, can make a great bottom layer.
  • If you want to layer the socks, start with the thinnest. Leave the cotton socks for the second layer.
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Step 3. Protect yourself with an intermediate layer of wool, fleece, feathers or cotton

As the bottom and outer layers must always be waterproof, the intermediate ones can be made of any material. Although wool, cotton and down fabrics aren't good at fighting moisture, they make great thermal insulators as long as they're always dry. To stay warm and comfortable, bet on a sweater, a thick shirt, a sweatshirt or a fitted jacket.

Avoid using cotton pieces in the intermediate layers on rainy or snowy days


In the harshest winters, wearing two coats is a great way to stay warm. Start with what is least resistant to moisture. Waterproof parts should always be on the outside to keep your body protected.

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Step 4. Wear a coat and snow pants to keep yourself dry

Put on your coat, hat, gloves, boots and snow pants to protect your body well. If you prefer to add an extra layer of protection, bet on a thin waterproof parka, a windbreak jacket or a running jacket to stay dry. As long as the bottom and middle layers are well placed, the snow coat and pants will have no trouble keeping the cold out.

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Step 5. Bet on waterproof outer layers to protect yourself from precipitation

As they are waterproof, nylon, Gore-Tex and Thinsulate are great materials for the outer layers. Jackets and coats sold as waterproof or waterproof usually have some of these materials in the composition and are also great options. The fabrics are water-free, which means they will keep you warm even on rainy or snowy days.

  • Avoid cotton, wool and feather items on rainy or snowy days. The materials absorb water and can make you feel as cold as if you weren't wearing anything.
  • Read the labels carefully before taking your clothes home. Look for words and phrases such as “waterproof” and “waterproof” to see if the pieces stay dry even on the wettest days.

Method 3 of 3: Using Accessories to Warm Up

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Step 1. Keep hands and feet warm with warm pads

Keeping gloves and boots dry in the snow or rain is often very difficult. To compensate, invest in pads to warm your hands. Squeeze the pads to activate them and shake them until warm. Put some in your shoes before putting them on and put others in your pockets to warm your little toes.

If you spend a lot of time outdoors, buy reusable pillows. Although they are more expensive, in the long run, they will be cheaper

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Step 2. Go out with an umbrella whenever you think it's going to snow or rain

Nothing makes you cold as fast as water. Whenever the weather threatens rain or snow, just leave the house with an umbrella. Open it to keep yourself dry when the water starts to fall.

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Step 3. Protect your eyes and skin with sunglasses and sunscreen

Sunglasses are essential for the days following a snowstorm, especially for those who spend a lot of time outdoors. Snow reflects sunlight, and you'll end up straining your eyes if you don't protect yourself. It's also very easy to get sunburned in winter. Protect all exposed parts of your body with sunscreen. If you end up burning yourself, the cold will make you feel even more pain than usual.


Sunglasses and sunscreen are even more important for those who enjoy skiing or hiking in high places, where the sun is stronger and the air thinner.


  • Cotton is not usually very good for the cold. It absorbs moisture, leaving the fibers wet. This makes the material bad for the bottom and outer layers.
  • Don't overdo it on warmer days. You probably don't need an intermediate layer if you're just going to take a quick getaway on a day hotter than −1 °C.
  • Feather fabrics make great outer layers for dry days. In the rain, however, the story is different.

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