Baby, It’s Cold Outside

As Floridians, we are not accustomed to such cool temperatures and unless you are a fairly recent transplant, your closet is more likely to be filled with flip-flops and tank-tops than down jackets and scarves!

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Baby, It's Cold Outside

Although we have not been hit as hard as the rest of the country, it is cold outside! As Floridians, we are not accustomed to such cool temperatures and unless you are a fairly recent transplant from north of the Mason-Dixon Line, your closet is more likely to be filled with flip-flops and tank-tops than down jackets and scarves!

When dressing for the cold, remember to dress in layers. You can always remove the layers if you are too warm. It is good to use a three layer method including a base layer to wick away moisture, a middle layer for insulation, and an outer layer to protect you from the elements.

Traditional thermal undergarments work well for the first layer. An alternative to traditional thermals is silk. Silk is very warm and feels wonderful against bare skin. Wool is ideal for the second layer of a cold weather outfit. Wool is very warm, retains warmth even when damp, and is available in lighter weights suitable for your second layer. Wool pants and a thin wool sweater are perfect for protection against cold winter weather. Fleece is a good alternative to wool. The third layer of winter clothing can be bulkier. This layer of clothing needs to be easy to remove in case you become overheated.

Be sure to wear a hat even if your jacket has a hood because 90% of your body heat is lost through your head. Your hands and feet should be protected as well because this is the last place that your body pumps blood and they will get cold the fastest.

I am sure that we will return to our temperate winter weather soon, but until then, stay warm!

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