In honor of today’s “Snow Day!” statuses crowding my timeline, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to write a post dedicated to snow day gear. A few days ago I posted “Warm Rugged and Manly (Winter) Accessories” to lead men in the direction of stylish and sophisticated winter weather accessories like cashmere scarves and hand-stitched leather gloves. These items paired with a great wool peacoat or trench are perfect for a walk through the city to work or spending a couple hours at a sporting event, but they aren’t exactly suited for rolling around in the snow with a girlfriend, sledding down a hill on a plastic saucer, or channeling your inner kid with a snow ball fight.
The trick is to add warmth by adding layers. Wearing a sweat shirt and just a big puffer coat will have you looking like a burnt marshmallow and worse will leave you feeling trapped…After moving around outside for more than ten minutes your body will start overheating in the puffer, but taking it off and wearing just a sweat shirt will have you freezing again. Instead opt for a multipurpose coat that has built in layers with a fleece or soft shell inner jacket, and a flexible, durable (WATERPROOF) outer shell. With a jacket like this you can add and remove sections as needed, and many are equipped with things like ventilation pockets to keep your body cool during activity. Try one of these from The North Face and Patagonia:
If you’re like me, and don’t really want to wear a 3-in-1 jacket like the ones above and would rather pick and choose the layers as you desire, then I recommend a slim-cut quarter zip fleece as a base layer (over a cotton shirt or if you’re feeling fancy an Under Armour cold gear top) topped with a full zip waterproof soft shell in mild conditions, or a heavier insulated shell for more moderate winter weather conditions.
Now for the perfect winter weather boots. I personally love Sorel:
Some fun additionals….
Stay warm, and stay stylish, my friends.