Dressing for the Cold Without Overheating

Dressing for the Cold Without Overheating

If you've ever tried to travel or sightsee while it's cold out, you may have a hard time finding that perfect sweet spot of warmth without overheating. Do you start to roast as soon as you walk indoors? Dressing appropriately for the winter or a colder climate is a challenge, especially finding a balance. Avoiding the issue of overheating is relatively easy, and thermal clothing or men’s thermals will get you there.

Dressing Comfortably for the Cold

It can be a struggle to find that balance between warmth and overheating as soon as you walk inside. One thing to not do is skip the base layer. This is what holds the heat in and distributes it across your skin. It's also moisture-wicking which pulls sweat away from your body and keeps you dry. This is essential in the cold, so you don't get hypothermia. Men’s thermals and other thermal clothing act as an extra layer of insulation. This is excellent in the layering system to help keep you warm. One of the things you can do to keep from overheating is lightening up on the second or third layer, as you may not need this extra insulation.

Depending on your activity level, you may not need a wool or fleece second layer. A simple shirt may do. The extra insulation will add to the warmth outside but can make you miserable as soon as you step indoors. Forgo the extra insulation, so you still stay warm outside and not sweat while inside. This is great if you'll be indoors more than outdoors like shopping, work, or home most of the day. If you work outside, that second layer of insulation is a must.

Layering with thinner garments can help ease the chances of you overheating as soon as you step through the door. Layering can mean a fleece or flannel sweater over a t-shirt or a vest under a jacket. Keeping an eye on the weather will help you decide how many layers you'll need and how thick you need to wear them. 

Fabrics Matter

While layering in thin layers is ultimately the best way to stay warm without overheating, the choice of fabric can make or break your comfort. One fabric to avoid is cotton. While comfortable and dry, it absorbs moisture and holds it, making you colder and increasing your risk for hypothermia. It's best to avoid this fabric as a base layer. Wool and polyester/spandex blends are the best on the market. They're both moisture-wicking, fit great, and are breathable fabrics that excel in keeping you warm and comfortable. They'll also make layering easier as you can continue with a thinner second and third layer if needed. 

Overheating while on the inside isn't fun. Striking that perfect balance in comfort can be a challenge first. Still, once you master layering, you're good to go and can easily stay comfortable.

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