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How to Dress for Winter

You can be comfortable, sensible, and fashionable while you prepare to brave the elements.


  • Step 1: Wear layers Wear layers of loose, lightweight clothing to avoid perspiration that can bring chills while running around the city. Start with one snug layer, made of cotton, to wick moisture away from your skin to evaporate through the fabric.
  • TIP: Silk is also a good, natural fabric that will wick moisture.
  • Step 2: Add middle layer Add loose sweaters, sweatshirts, vests, and pullovers for middle layers to hold in the heat.
  • Step 3: Wear water-repellent coats Wear tight weaves for your outer garment, which should be water-repellent. Make sure your coat has a hood, and wear a knit cap underneath.
  • Step 4: Wear a scarf Cover your face and neck with a natural-fiber scarf in extreme cold. Breathing in cold air can tighten and narrow passageways.
  • Step 5: Find sunglasses Find good sunglasses to protect your eyes. Snow reflects sunlight, so keep your eyes protected
  • TIP: Snow amplifies the ultraviolet rays of the sun and can damage the eyes.
  • Step 6: Wear mittens Wear mittens instead of gloves -- touching fingers generate more body heat than separated fingers.
  • Step 7: Wear sturdy boots Wear one pair of medium weight wool socks to keep warm under sturdy, waterproof boots. Now that you're prepared, bring on the blizzards.
  • FACT: Darwin Ranch, Wyoming, has the lowest mean yearly temperature in the continental United States, at 14 degrees Fahrenheit.

You Will Need

  • Snug cotton layer
  • Loose middle layers
  • Tightly woven
  • waterproof outer layer
  • Knit cap
  • Scarf
  • Sunglasses
  • Mittens
  • Boots
  • Silk first layer (optional)

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