The Best Dress for Winter
During winter seasons, right clothing must be worn to protect you from hypothermia. Hypothermia occurs when the body heat is lost faster than it can produce. The big question though is: How do you dress appropriately in winter to avoid this dangerous phenomenon?
We will begin by considering the closest clothing to the body. Practically, warmer undergarments are the best clothing to be worn in winter. Why?
For one thing, in winter the heart needs to work harder to keep the body warm. When you wear warmer clothing in winter time, it does a lot of good to the heart. The heart is spared from beating harder. Studies have shown that wearing heavier underwear will not serve your needs. But what kind of underwear must you wear if you should be out in the cold?
One key to combating cold and getting warmth is to wear several layers of clothes—light cotton and then wool garments, than one heavy wool garment. Why? The reason is that pocket of air is trapped between the clothes. This is known as dead air. Dead air is a poor conductor of heat. And so it prevents the heat from escaping from the body, and in that way keeping you warm.
Another type of garment that utilizes this principle is “Brynje mesh.” In this case, the dead air is not trapped within its layers; rather it traps the air next to the skin. How? It does this by its fishnet design which is like mesh hosiery.
Appropriate Outer Garment
When dressing during cold weather, it is important to bear in mind that garments that are dark are often warmer than garments that are light-colored. Dark colors are poor reflectors of heat; rather they absorb heat from the sun, whereas light colors are good deflectors of heat making them unsuitable for cold weather. So wear dark colors during winter season to keep warm. Conversely, wear light colors in the summer to keep cool.
When you are faced with dry cold weather, soft clothing, such as flannels are recommended. But to protect you from snow and the wind, garment such as sharkskin, is second to none. Sharkskin will protect you from the wind and also prevent wet snow from clinging unto your clothes.
Dressing appropriately during winter also calls for giving thought to collars and cuffs of jackets and coats. These should fit comfortably to keep the warm air from escaping. It is a course of prudence to wear a scarf around the neck. However, if your clothing fits too tightly as is the fashion today, you defeat your purpose. What is the recommendation for your head, hands and feet?
Appropriate wear for Head, Hands and Feet
Your Head — Going out in the cold weather without wearing a head covering is a big mistake. Why? The blood in the head does not draw back due to the cold. As a result, much blood is iced up when the head is without covering. And that can be disastrous. So what is best for your head? Caps made of knitted stocking serve the head best especially, the imitation-fur hats. They are comfortable because of their fluffy nature.
Your Hands — Your hands need to be in gloves during winter. However, tight-fitting gloves are not ideal in cold weather since they may cause the hands to be colder. What are the best gloves then, for keeping the hands warm? Those lined with wool, fur or imitation fur are fine.
A word of caution! Tightly fitted gloves, even though may be lined, will impede blood circulation in your hands resulting in your hand getting cold. So go for gloves that are large enough. The warmest of all are mittens.
Your Feet — The feet are far away from the heart. And they are the part of the body which in all probability will get cold during winter. Therefore, it is very important to keep them warm.
Here again, the principle of two thin garments are better than one heavy mentioned earlier still applies. Two pairs of thin socks or hose, or more will be warmer than one heavy pair. If you want to wear two pairs of socks, wear a type made of cotton first next to the skin, and then the outer pair should be of wool.
It is important to bear in mind that you are no better off if you wear heavy socks that overly squeezes your feet. Get a pairs of shoes that is a little large to use in the winter. Make sure your feet are dry if there is heavy snow on the ground.
We can deduce from the foregoing that dressing appropriate for cold weather is, for the most part, a matter of using good judgment.