Sartorial Hibernation: The Art of Layering
Other animals are able to literally grow a winter coat to hibernate and survive the winter. Unfortunately for humans, while we may put on a few cold weather pounds, it doesn’t double as outerwear, and we still need to pay attention to thermoregulation. Thus, we’re left to pile on the clothes – an act that may make you feel more like a linebacker than a style sophisticate. So let’s rid ourselves of those bulky, frumpy layers and learn how to stay sleek and warm:
- The Uniqlo Heattech collection is affordable and serves as a heat-activating base layer that is stylish enough to wear alone.
- Other options that are anything but your grandma’s long underwear: Urban Outfitters Winterlite, Splendid Thermal Cowl Neck, Splendid Thermal Boatneck, Madewell Thermal Sweater
- Snow Angel is a company dedicated to keeping women stylishly warm in the winter. Create a base layer with their attractive Cybersilk collection.
- Keep your legs warm during outdoor runs: Nike thermal running pants
- Wearing a windbreaker minimizes convection heat loss: Prana Jacket, Adidas x Stella McCartney, American Apparel (layer this one with a fitted fleece).
- Sometimes you want to go bare, but the temperature may not cooperate. A light layer can be just enough to trap heat and minimize skin exposure.
- Going out at night can be a challenge in the winter. Look for dressy tops that still add a thin layer of warmth: Diane von Furstenburg Sequin Top, Zara Sheer Long-sleeve Top.
- Proudly showcase winter legs with smarter tights: Smartwool, Falke Wool Tights, Spanx Cable Knit Sweater Tights, ilux Fleece Lined Sweater Leggings.