Enduring Cold Weather in Style: Three Essential Pieces

Getting Dressed, Cold-Weather Style

It’s 8 °F as I write this, yet another single-digit temperature day in Michigan.  As details of the 2014 Winter Olympics Opening Day in Sochi unfolded, I wondered just how on earth spectators would keep comfortable in the cold.  I was empathizing with the discomfort of frigid temp’s, only to learn that Sochi is the warmest city ever to host the Winter Olympics according to NASA.   Despite the commonly-held image of a subarctic Russia, daily average temperatures in the coastal city don’t drop below freezing at any time during the year.  That is an easy winter to dress for.  For the rest of us tolerating persistently cold days, the art of merging comfort and style on a continual basis calls for some creativity.  Here are three tools to keep you in the game without looking like you’re bundled like a mountain man on hunt day.

Essential #1:  The Underlayer. When even the heavy weight of jeans aren’t enough to keep your legs warm, you know you’ve got to get smart about fabrics.  It’s all about layering when it comes to cold-weather dressing, and that begins with long underwear.  But that’s not the waffle-knit thermal underwear your mom dressed you in when you went out to make snow angels.

Silk is your best bet for warm layering, minus the bulk.  Get a low-rise version like this one, and it works under jeans or low-riding business casual bottoms.  Silk serves as an insulator with the added benefit of moisture-wicking properties.  That means, whether your legs get drenched walking in knee-deep snow, or you break out in a sweat dashing for the nearest doorway to shelter, your legs stay dry.


Essential #2:  A Hood. If you don’t like the hairstyle that wearing a hat leaves behind, a hooded coat is your best buddy on  -30° “real feel” days.

Cold weather trivia“You Lose 75 Percent of Your Body Heat Through Your Head.” True?  or False?   Possibly true for an infant, NOT true for an adult says results of  a Wilderness Medicine experiment.

Hypothermia aside, you don’t want your precious ear tips frostbitten, do you?  Not to mention having the efforts of your morning hair styling regimen blown to smithereens.   Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow last week forecasting six more weeks of winter.  Cold weather clothes are now on SALE.  Timing is everything. (Read this post to make sure you’re choosing wisely.)


Essential #3:  Stylish Tech Gloves. Not long ago, using a mobile device with your hands covered meant those knit gloves with little patches sewn on the finger tips.  They’re great.  But if you’re a leather-glove gal, you no longer have to sacrifice your style for cold-temperature coverage.  With lined gloves like these,  you get protection from the elements in your perfect color.  So, text, tweet, and dial away in cozy comfort.  If you’re lucky, you’ll snag a bargain on these, too!

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Patty Buccellato, is image coach and founder of Refined Images. She brings extensive knowledge and expertise to her work with men and women individually, as well as with corporate employee groups.

Patty established Refined Images in 1994, and while her studio is based in Rochester Hills, Michigan, you’ll find her serving clients throughout North America in their homes, offices — and, yes, even in shopping malls!   To get your FREE copy of Patty’s “How to Shop Like a Stylist,” visit www.RefinedImages.net or contact Patty.

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