Layering is a surefire way to stay toasty warm this winter. The benefits of smart layering are myriad. It allows you to adjust what you are wearing so you can stay comfortable even if the temperature changes dramatically. In addition, layering actually keeps you warmer because, instead of a single heavy jacket over your bare skin, you are wearing more articles of clothing that trap your body heat next to your skin. Finally, there are plenty of layered looks that are just plain cute. Check out this guide to successful layering this winter.
The Base Layer
The base layer is the one closest to the skin. It is usually completely covered by subsequent layers, so your first concern when picking it out should be comfort rather than style. Consider a base layer made from synthetic fabric that offers moisture wicking and odor control. This will keep you feeling fresh and dry under your other layers of clothing.
Mid layers are where the power of choice really comes into play. You can mix and match flannels, sweaters or puffy vests to put together an outfit that keeps you warm and looks great. Consider layering several mid layers on top of one another. For example, wear a pullover sweater with a collared button-down work shirt, or an insulated vest over a long-sleeved tee shirt.
The Outer Layer
The outer layer is the heaviest layer and should provide your primary buffer against wind and snow. This is the heavy quilted jacket that you pull out of the closet when winter weather threatens. Make sure to accessorize your outer layer properly. Even the best waterproof parka or trench coat can only do so much without proper boots, scarves, gloves and hats to back it up.
Stock up on comfortable, cozy clothing in order to make layering a breeze this winter. It’s the simplest way to stay comfortable inside and out.
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