What should I wear in the winter? Difficulty level: Toronto
January 11, 2014 7:13 PM Subscribe
For a Texas boy, I got pretty good at dressing for the weather in London and Seattle. But now I've moved to Toronto, where I've found my clothes inadequate for the cold of the previous couple of weeks. I was also possessed to plan on a visit to Ottawa's Winterlude in a few weeks where I have been warned I might just freeze to death. What new clothes do I need and where do I get them?
posted by grouse to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (37 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I'll work my way up what I wear now, what works, and what doesn't:
Boots. I have some Lowa hiking boots that seem to work fine on snow, but I think they're only waterproof at the bottom. if I step into a really big drift or a puddle they get wet.
Socks. I wear REI and Smartwool light hiking socks. These seem fine.
Trousers. I usually wear chinos or jeans. When the weather is cold and windy it feels like it blows right through my pants, especially with the chinos. This is not so great. I think long underwear wouldn't work because I would be too warm when I went inside and couldn't remove it. I've considered getting snow pants but wondered whether that would be totally insane.
Jacket. I wear a two-layer Marmot jacket. I like it because it is feels like technical lightweight clothing and it looks like casual wear. What I don't like: the hood sucks and offers no protection from wind or cold, and the jacket might not be warm enough. I usually wear a T-shirt, long sleeve shirt, and sweater underneath, which is barely warm enough usually.
Scarf. I have a thick scarf that I think is somewhat ugly. It also tends to loosen itself in the wind. I've tried using a second scarf to cover up the lower part of my face but it's hard to breathe if I get it too close to my nose.
Eyes. The wind makes me feel like my eyeballs are going to freeze. Would it be totally insane to wear ski goggles? Maybe there are some sunglasses that will blend in better?
Hat. I just need a new one.
I appreciate your help and appreciate specific suggestions (stores, manufacturer, and model when possible) even more!