What do you do when the weather gets bad and it starts feeling really cold? Many people would run to their wardrobe and get the thickest jumper they could find to put on.
But in reality this may not be the best option to go for. If you have just one thick layer on it won’t keep you as warm as you might think. And of course when you go inside and start sweating you will have to take off that layer and reduce yourself to a t-shirt or whatever you have on underneath it. Needless to say wearing one thick jumper and nothing else can be very uncomfortable because you are stuck with it.
This is why layering is a skill that you should get used to having. You will stay warmer if you wear two thin jumpers together – or maybe a jumper and a cardigan – than if you wear one big thick one. You also have more versatility and you will be able to stay warmer because you can decide how many layers to keep on or take off in any situation.
Layers don’t just work well for the winter months when you have snow and temperatures below freezing to contend with though. Have you ever been out and about in a cold wind that you are walking straight into? If you have you will know just how much that wind can get through to you and make you feel really cold.
With layering you shouldn’t feel the effects of this at all. Not only will the heat get trapped in between the layers, you will also be much less likely to feel the cold and draughts from outside as well. Since the wind has more layers to get through it is unlikely it will succeed.
So you see layering is a good skill to have. But you should remember too that you still want to look good, so be sure to layer items that will look right together. Make sure the colours don’t clash and the styles go well together. For example you would be better off matching up two jumpers that are plain as opposed to one that is plain and one that is patterned.
In the end the best way to find the right combinations is to try them on ahead of when you need them. That way you will be ready for anything.