Whether you’re just heading out to the gym for a fitness session, to the store, to walk the dogs or just for coffee, the weather at this time of year can be seriously freezing. I find that layers are the only answer for keeping toasty warm, you can always take one off if you find yourself getting hot. Wherever you live you’re going to have days if not weeks when it’s freezing cold, snow or not, and it's all about staying warm
However many layers you already have, with all the new tech versions of, for example, your favourite thermal top, padded jacket or winter gloves a little update never comes amiss. And this is the perfect time to buy – there are loads, almost certainly, of cold days ahead requiring many layers of different kinds, so take a look on what’s offer, some will be on sale, and some not.
Firstly you need a good base layer, something preferably thin and technical to wear under everything else.
Add an extra layer if it’s really cold. I like something that covers my neck, I know that some don’t, but the difference in heat retention is huge.
Then if you’re still chilly add a fleece jacket. These three layers on their own will give you enough heat for most weather as long as you’re active, although if you’re like me and you hate being cold you’ll add a sleeveless down vest. I’m rarely to be seen without mine in winter – they keep your body warm and leave your arms free.
For anything seriously outdoors for any length of time in the winter freeze you’ll need a padded jacket. My favourites are those that you can wear in town, on the slopes and walking the dogs. Make sure whatever you buy can take your fleece underneath it. It shouldn’t be so tight you can’t wear other layers.
Two of the best places to shop for cold weather gear are Blacks and Cotswold Outdoor. For every day, for walking the dog and for taking to the slopes. These are seriously versatile clothes for going anywhere and they last for years, so invest as much as you can, particularly in your jacket.