Updated: Jan 2, 2020
Cold Weather Blues
Just in case you haven’t notice the summer is pretty much over. Fall will officially arrive on Saturday September 22nd, with winter soon to follow. Are you ready?
I’ve come to realization that there is nothing I can do about the cold weather except prepare properly. Preparing for cold weather can stretch far and wide depending on what part of these United States you reside in. I’ve lived on the east coast my entire life experiencing all four seasons. I can tell you with all certainty the winter is by far my least favorite season. Knowing that, I make sure my cold weather wardrobe is on point.
Here are a few tips to help you navigate through the cold weather season:
Weather: Check the weather for the previous fall/winter season. All though it may not be the same for the incoming season it will not be that far off. Also check the daily/ten day forecast (I do this religiously). Knowing the weather conditions for the day is half the battle.
Wardrobe: Your wardrobe should line-up with the climate in which you reside and your life style. In the DMV region that means dressing in layers. Dressing for the fall weather can be tricky. The mornings and evenings are cool with warm midday's. Layered dressing will allow you to adjust to the varying temperatures throughout the day. Winter dressing is about managing warmth. Layers are still the name of the game. However additional clothing such as sweaters, leggings, coats, boots, hats, scarfs and gloves are added to the mix. Layered dressing can be uncomfortable. To avoid this, clothing made from natural fibers such as wool and cotton is your best option. They’ll provide warmth and comfort. Man-made fibers such as polyester do not breathe and cause the body to perspire even though it’s cold. Outerwear-jackets, coats and footwear are essential and play a major role in keeping you warm (and dry). Coats and boot types/styles run the gamut. Do yourself a favor and invest in quality outerwear (you can thank me later). Select the items that are conducive to the climate you’re in (this is not the time to be fashion savvy. My experience has been if it’s super cute is not going to provide warmth).
Did I say I dislike cold weather! I follow my own advice when it comes to cold weather so much so you may not recognize me when I’m outdoors.