Friday, March 4, 2011

fabric friday: 3-4-11: what to wear when it's cold

i was kind of at a loss on what to do today's FABRIC FRIDAY post on. this week has been very busy at work and this morning i spent dipping cake pops and doing other fun party things with my sister for my niece's first birthday party tomorrow!

anyway, i did a few searches and found an interesting post on Real Simple's website (love it), all about what to wear when it's freezing and how to layer your clothes to make the most of what you've got on. being freezing at work is something i experience almost daily, as we work in a small office within a renovated barn in cold, dreary Erie. i hate dressing everyday with "what will keep me warm" on my mind.

anyway, Real Simple answered the question. Post was found here if you want to check it out for yourself.

QUESTION: What are the best fabrics to wear in freezing temperatures?

ANSWER: When temperatures drop below 32 degrees, layer smartly so that you can maximize the function of each piece of clothing. Here's how:
  • Base layer: The layer of clothing next to your skin should be soft and comfortable. It needs to prevent your body's warmth from escaping―but be sure that it doesn't retain moisture. One affordable and smart option: tops made out of extra-fine merino wool. This type of wool is made of highly concentrated lightweight fibers that create better insulation for the body.
  • Insulation layer: Next, build on your base layer by wearing a fleece shirt, which is made of synthetic fibers. Fleece best serves the two purposes necessary when it comes to insulating: warmth and moisture management. Cotton fabric, while good as a moisture absorber (so, good for towels), is not good for insulation.
  • Shell: The shell layer, otherwise known as your winter coat, should be able to block wind and keep you dry on cold, wet days. If your inner layers are substantial enough, then a lightweight nylon shell might suffice. But if you don't enjoy bundling up underneath, wear an insulated piece of outerwear. This usually comes in the form of a down or fleece-lined nylon jacket. 
although most of us can't wear fleece shirts to work (however i could...), i think even the first note of advice - the base layer - is helpful. i think i need more wool in my life for these cold winter months!


Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I tend to wear A LOT of layers in the winter. Often 3 or 4, not including a coat. Tank top, long sleeve, t-shirt and sweater. I hate being cold. My only concern about that first layer tip is that I didn't think any kind of wool was machine washable. I always wear a cotton shirt under a wool sweater.

amy grace said... Best Blogger Tips

oooo...good point, martina. i didn't even think about that, cause i don't have any wool! i'll have to be on the lookout for something comparable that is machine washable!