How to Layer Clothes for Winter

How to Layer Clothes for Winter
Proper dress is essential when winter weather hits. Clothing that does not protect you from the cold and moisture can bring consequences ranging from a weakened immune system to frostbite, hypothermia and death. Many people assume that more layers equal better protection, but this isn't always true. The ideal way to layer your clothing in the winter is according to a three-layer system designed to keep you dry and warm.


Difficulty: Moderate

Step 1
Dress yourself in a wicking layer that will take moisture away from your skin. This clothing should be made of polyester fibers, which are most effective at keeping your skin dry. A good example of a wicking layer is thermal underwear or other undergarments designed for cold-weather use.
Step 2
Put on a warm sweatshirt, hooded pullover, or other thick garment that will trap warmth and keep cold air out. Cotton is the best material for this insulating layer. In really low temperatures, you might want to consider wearing two layers, but be careful--if you are sweating a lot underneath your layers, this could make things colder for you.
Step 3
Cover yourself in a protective layer, usually a windbreaker or winter raincoat that will keep moisture away from you and resist wind. Wind that gets into your insulating layer will force out heat and replace it from cold air.
Step 4
Wear two layers of socks, and make one of them a wool sock in very low temperatures. Wear boots or other footwear with insulation, rather than thin tennis shoes.
Step 5
Wear a headband or pullover hat. Your body loses as much as 60 percent of its heat through your head, so covering it is essential. Ears are also very susceptible to wind and cold and need to be protected.
Step 6
Wear moisture-resistant gloves with good insulation, preferably from wool. If your fingers get cold or wet, you can put them in a pocket, but they won't be of any use to you, particularly if you need them to work.

Article Written By Jonathan Croswell

Jonathan Croswell has spent more than five years writing and editing for a number of newspapers and online publications, including the "Omaha World-Herald" and "New York Newsday." Croswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing a Master's of Health and Exercise Science at Portland State University.

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