We’ve been lucky lately, with some unseasonably mild January weather, but we still have plenty of winter left in the month of February. Even when the temps hit close to 50 in the afternoons, many of us are leaving for work or school early in the mornings while it’s at or below freezing outside.
How do you dress for that? Layers.
Robin Hannon, manager of the Great Outdoor Provision Co. at Cameron Village in Raleigh, says the key to proper layering in cold weather is using the right materials. For instance, wool, wool blends or polyester/fleece blends will be warmer for the frigid mornings but won’t overheat us later in the day. These fabrics also have properties that wick sweat away from the body when you’re active.
We asked Hannon to walk us through the proper way to layer so we can comfortably brave the outdoors all day long.
A dressier option for men is a wool fedora-style hat. The Tilley Tec-Wool hat is weatherproofed and has fleece ear flaps that tuck up into the hat when not needed. Many women skip a hat in favor of preserving their hairdos, so Hannon recommends an ear band in those cases. “It’s not as warm as a hat, but better than nothing,” he says.