Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Preparing Your Wardrobe For Wintertime

Winter is on its way, and we need to be prepared for that inevitable chill in the air. Time to put away those light clothes, shorts and sandals until springtime comes. Push the warm weather clothes to the back of your closet, or better yet, store them in portable closets or airtight plastic bins that will fit under your bed. Bring your winter clothing to the front of the closet and maybe add a few items to keep up with the latest fashions. Here are some wintertime essentials that you might place on your shopping list.

A pair of jeans is a must for both men and women. A good pair of jeans will keep your legs warm, is rugged enough for most winter activities, yet jeans are available in so many colors that they can sub for dress slacks or even be acceptable evening wear with the right accessories. Make sure that the jeans fit your body perfectly. A pair that does not have a good fit may be uncomfortable to wear and jeans that are too tight may even pose a health hazard. You always want to try on jeans when shopping for them, and consider breaking them in before wearing them on a long trip or when hiking, skiing or participating in other activities.

Also, consider a good pair of boots if your winters are particularly harsh, with lots of snow and rain. A good pair of boots will offer good traction on slippery surfaces, first and foremost. Yet they are also great for protecting and warming your feet. The size of the waffle on the bottom of the boot will tell you about how serious the boot is and for what activities it is best for. For winter hiking, a big fat waffle is best for maximum traction on snow and ice. Thinner waffles are fine for lighter activities. Don't forget the socks! Your boots are useless if your feet are hurting while wearing them. So, wear thick socks or two pairs of socks to have the best cushion and warmth possible.

Leather jackets may be considered an eighties thing by some, but they are still one of the most effective and stylish winter essentials available. The most popular color is black, but people also prefer some other colors, like brown. A jacket made of good quality leather may cost you a bit but it's totally worth it. With a leather jacket, you'll look great AND be warm and comfortable.

Sweaters are always a winter essential. From big, thick sweaters for the harshest temperatures to comfy holiday sweaters, you should have sweaters in your wardrobe for every occasion.

Nowadays, clothes in many high tech fabrics are available. These new fabrics are made with materials that are lighter, yet still provide that essential warmth. Quite simply, you don't have to wear those bulky sweaters and jackets any more. These high tech fabrics may be a little more expensive but you'll be amazed at the warmth provided by these thin, breathable fabrics.

In addition, you can't forget the fleece! Fleece is great if comfort is your first priority. Fleece clothing comes in many styles and colors. From hoodies to pullovers to sweatshirts and sweatpants, you'll want to have a variety of styles at hand, whether it's for home or on the go. Few fabrics are as versatile or comfortable as fleece.

Lydia Quinn writes for PhatSportShades, offering ski goggles, snowboarding goggles and sunglasses for everyday. Visit us at:

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