How common is it to wear thermals under dress clothes in cold climates?
October 25, 2013 8:30 AM Subscribe
I live in Michigan, where ave winter temps range from 20 to 40F with wind chill or actually temps often ducking below 0 in the deep of winter. During the coldest months, I typically wear a base layer under my clothes -- not just when doing outdoor activities, but every day, i.e., in office, at home, running errands, etc. I thought this was common practice as well as common sense. One day last winter I had a doctor's appt., and when I rolled up my sleeve the physician's assistant mentioned that she thought it was really "neat" that I had thought to wear a "second" shirt. I related the story to my coworkers who then acted like I had grown a third head.
posted by lolo341 to clothing, beauty, & fashion (89 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
None of them had heard of wearing a thermal layer, top and/or bottom, under one's clothes. I'm talking silk, polypro, smart wool, etc. Now that we've had a little cold snap, one of my coworkers asked, in all seriousness, if I've started wearing my "pajamas" under my clothes again. WTF? I find this bizarre because even when I lived in Northern California, I knew a few people who owned a pair of silk long undies just for occasional use, including a guy from Calgary, where surely it was colder than San Francisco ever gets. Most of my friends in Chicago also routinely wear them when it's bitter cold and not just for sports. I know that not everyone wears them, but is it really so unheard of, or are my coworkers just unenlightened about ways to weather the weather? P.S. I work in a university setting with a lot of PhDs.
I know it's dumb to be bothered by this, but I need some validation here : )