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August 27, 2014 8:10 AM Subscribe
I've never had "winter clothes" before and this year I want to actually be warm and have at least a little sanity to how I deal with being outside. Given the circumstances below, does The Green have any advice?
posted by fireoyster to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (24 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
This will be my third winter in Seattle after having lived in Texas my whole life. The most winter thing I've ever owned is a somewhat comfortable coat and a couple of cheap pairs of gloves. My problem is that I don't know what, if anything, I should buy beyond that. This is probably the most basic question ever yet I have to ask since 90% of my clothing is blue jeans and some form of t-shirt or polo. I also want to start looking now before everybody else thinks "hey, it's cold outside, let's go buy everything off the rack at REI!"
I'm tall and overweight so I usually buy things in XXXL, especially shirts. Baggy is OK and comfortable...
My commute to work is entirely by bus and I have a transfer in the middle so I stand outside for between 5 and 15 minutes. Difficulty: night shift, so I'm leaving for work well after the sun goes down in Seattle between October and February.
Should I buy winter boots or just stick with my sneakers and some thick socks?
Gloves? Insulated? Usable with a touch screen?
Is there a particular kind of coat or jacket people like? I don't have to look professional when I get to work and I do have an office of my own where I can stash stuff but I don't sit in my office during my shift. My goal is to be warm and mostly dry while having somewhat easy access to my phone (gotta be able to check those texts while on the bus). Bonus points if I can crumple it up into my backpack--even if it makes the pack a little overstuffed--while out and about on my weekend.
I carry a regular $30 backpack that I got from a discount place. It's not waterproof by any means and it's a bit of a tight fit over my usual coat but it has a million pockets. Usually my lunch, tablet, and a few random cords for electronics are in it. How important is a backpack in this "ensemble?" (I'm a bit round so messenger bags don't really work for me.)
What about pants? Like I said, I'm usually just in blue jeans which makes for cold legs. Is that a "just deal with it" since I can't really change wardrobes once I'm at work?
Cost is not a major factor, though it would be nice if all of this could come in under the price of an off-contract iPhone 5s...
Thanks a bunch, folks.