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    Hi any folks can recommend what clothing to wear for 2-7 degrees? Will be spending some time in winter countries next month, please advise thanks!

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    get one of those jackets that have a windproof outer shell and a inner layer of fleece, that would be enough. inside wear a sweater and you are fine.

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    won't worry too much about it, you just need a woolen sweater inside, outer layer doesn't have to be too thick at those temperatures
    or you could get a woolen coat like everyone here does
    parkas are also ok, so long as you layer

    long johns and all that jazz, are not required unless you plan to be moving around outside a lot. if you are visiting cities, don't be like some coconuts i know that wear 7 layers , yes SEVEN, and then die indoors when they enter heated buildings.

    might want to get a pair of gloves if your hands are very vulnerable to cold that you cannot take.

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    So wool sweater + a winter parka or jacket will do fine? No need for long johns? thanks guys, you been really helpful!

    How about shoes? need those woolen socks or just normal cotton ones, will buy gloves tomorrow.
    Last edited by Belle&Sebastain; 12th January 2008 at 02:08 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Belle&Sebastain View Post
    thanks, I was only thinking of Spain where is 10-17 degree but I had to drop by to Paris and the weather there is so much cooler.

    So wool sweater + a winter parka or jacket will do fine? No need for long johns? thanks guys, you been really helpful!

    How about shoes? need those woolen socks or just normal cotton ones, will buy gloves tomorrow.
    May I suggest you avoid woolen materials if you had not been exposed to such materials for undergarment. Those can get kinda itchy to some. I wore them once and threw them away immediately (sorry, cannot donate undergarment ).

    Wear jeans, T-shirt (or long/short sleeve) plus a windbreaker. Thats all you need. If it goes below 5deg, get a cheap scarf to wrap around neck. I survived in this attire with temp way below -20 Celsius.

    Wearing too many layers (ie long johns + shirt + sweater+ leather jackets) will make you sweat like a microwave dish when you step indoor since there will be heater units. You may only be able to remove the jacket, but the other three layers of thermal wear will make you perspire.

    The jacket and scarf will come in handy when there is a strong wind chill as you walk on the street. If cannot tahan, go take shelter at a mall or retail store to warm up a little for 10min, then continue the walk.

    Despite the above, it may depends on how well your body can cope with cold weather. Some wrap themselves like wearing a kimono. Others just a T shirt as they make a quick dash outside (with temp zero deg C).

    So, maybe listen to your own body instead of us.

    Oh, remember to get the right shoes. If it does freeze, the floor will be very smooooooth.

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    will it be windy where you're going... windchill factor can make quite a difference in felt temperature, even with windproof clothing (face sure get hit by wind for one thing) so if that's the case a scarf might come in handy... remember lip balm, and body/hand lotion for dry skin...
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    ** repeated post.
    Last edited by contaxable; 12th January 2008 at 02:28 AM.

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    during new year eve, I was wearing scarf + tee + thin shirt+thin cotton jacket at 10 degree, very, very cold, had to be SUN and when to buy another wind-breaker then can tahan out in the cold for the entire day, was in disney.

    So for 2 degree, I thought I needed something more, I had a J-crew double breast jacket I bought abt 10 years ago, just tried it on, looks huge! Dun wanna look unglam when I step into Paris, may need to find a proper jacket.

    As for wool sweater, I bought a very thin one from HK last week, from H&M. Not too sure if its good enough or do I need a thick wool sweater? I'm used to wool as do wear fine wool suits to shoot at hotels and use thin wool sweaters now and then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by contaxable View Post
    May I suggest you avoid woolen materials if you had not been exposed to such materials for undergarment. Those can get kinda itchy to some. I wore them once and threw them away immediately (sorry, cannot donate undergarment ).

    Wear jeans, T-shirt (or long/short sleeve) plus a windbreaker. Thats all you need. If it goes below 5deg, get a cheap scarf to wrap around neck. I survived in this attire with temp way below -20 Celsius.

    Wearing too many layers (ie long johns + shirt + sweater+ leather jackets) will make you sweat like a microwave dish when you step indoor since there will be heater units. You may only be able to remove the jacket, but the other three layers of thermal wear will make you perspire.

    The jacket and scarf will come in handy when there is a strong wind chill as you walk on the street. If cannot tahan, go take shelter at a mall or retail store to warm up a little for 10min, then continue the walk.

    Despite the above, it may depends on how well your body can cope with cold weather. Some wrap themselves like wearing a kimono. Others just a T shirt as they make a quick dash outside (with temp zero deg C).
    2 layers is asking for it, no no no not enough. most people do fine with 3 layers though. you don't need thermal wear. most people in london (right now about 2-8) will usually just don a t-shirt + jumper/hoodie/sweater + jacket. that's about it.

    and yes, some people can wear miniskirt in this weather, with NO stockings. that is scary.

    ts - you do not need special socks. just make sure that your shoes aren't.. the i'm asking for it sort.. at least some thickness la. and if possible good grip, so that you don't fall easily if the weather happens to cause ice on the road.. which you can't see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by night86mare View Post
    and yes, some people can wear miniskirt in this weather, with NO stockings. that is scary.
    ... those are the hard core northern lasses!!!.......or are you in the red area

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    p.s. nightmare if you're in the Brentford area on the 2nd Feb along the grand union canal - should be doing a 40 mile ultra with my pet and if the legs are okay will try to make it back on the 3rd.........

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    marathon? 0.o

    with your pet? 0.o o.0 o.0

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    Quote Originally Posted by contaxable View Post
    Wear jeans, T-shirt (or long/short sleeve) plus a windbreaker. Thats all you need. If it goes below 5deg, get a cheap scarf to wrap around neck. I survived in this attire with temp way below -20 Celsius.
    Erm. No. Maybe Contaxable can do that, but *please* bring more than that.

    Depending on where you're going, the wind factor, and more importantly, *how long you're intending to be outdoors*, you can tailor your wardrobe. If you're just doing a dash from heated building to car 5 yards away, to heated building another 5 yards away, then a thin layer, a sweater type garment, and a windbreaker type layer will suffice plenty. The windbreaker (or jacket if you prefer) you can hang up the moment you get indoors, and the sweater (believe it or not) you can remove too.

    If you're intending to be outdoors for a lengthy period of time, then you probably want more than that. Certainly hat and gloves (-20 without hat and gloves? gg).

    Depending on what you class as a thin wool sweater, it might be adequate for situation one above, but if you want to walk down the Champs Elysees for example, then you probably want more than a "thin" one.

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    Just make sure you have good body hugging long johns, these are about the most important for winter wear and what you wear for outer layer is adjustable to how long you intend to stay outdoors.

    Oh besides clothing, skin moisturiser and lip balm quite important too.

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    Yeah moisturiser is good, even for guys. The really really cold places are actually very dry and your skin can peel off. Get generic moisturiser good enough already, no need that so expensive dydrating blah blah whitening blah blah cos you need to apply quite often.

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    dont follow what the locals wear, they are used to the weather more than you do. around 4 degrees, a nice sweater, cotton or wool or whatever and a winter jacket tends to do fine.

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    Do those chemical hand warmers help? See them selling at many winter clothing shops.

    I second what Azul123 mentioned about lip balm. If it gets too dry & the corner of the lips crack, you may end up with cold sores. Not very sightly.

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    A leather jacket with long sleeves cotton shirts would be fine. You can remove the jacket while indoors & dont feel toasted. Leather jackets look more stylish than big fat parkas [like rice dumplings :-) ]when you have your pictures taken - have to look cool!

    Leather boots or water proof hiking boots would keep your feet warm & dry.

    Moisturisers & lip balm as suggested above are good.

    If you are prone to allergic rhinitis then some pills would be good
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    One thing I found useful to prevent a sore throat in the morning, is to place a wet soaked handkerchief or hotel face towel close to the bed when sleeping.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jed View Post
    and more importantly, *how long you're intending to be outdoors*, you can tailor your wardrobe. If you're just doing a dash from heated building to car 5 yards away, to heated building another 5 yards away, then a thin layer, a sweater type garment, and a windbreaker type layer will suffice plenty. The windbreaker (or jacket if you prefer) you can hang up the moment you get indoors, and the sweater (believe it or not) you can remove too.

    If you're intending to be outdoors for a lengthy period of time, then you probably want more than that. Certainly hat and gloves (-20 without hat and gloves? gg).

    Depending on what you class as a thin wool sweater, it might be adequate for situation one above, but if you want to walk down the Champs Elysees for example, then you probably want more than a "thin" one.
    Couldn't agree more. I was at Bryce Canyon area for some trekking. Temperatures were in the low 10s I believe, but it was freakin' C O L D. Also, it snowed that day out of nowhere. I wore a thermal t-shirt underneath (with a long-sleeved tee and a windproof winter jacket with inner fleece) which was about right. I did not wear any long johns which I suffered dearly for. Couldn't feel my legs after a while.

    Unless the place you're going to does not change much in weather, I strongly advise bringing along a thermal top, and a long john just in case. Gloves, as cumbersome as they are, are an absolute must with strong winds. So are hats. Beanies work best as they can be pulled down to cover the ears as well.

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    I've spent 8 years or so abroad now so yes I have a decent idea. TBH the vast majority of locals will be wearing the right thing so that's not always a bad idea... but if you see someone you think is wearing too little, then by all means strike it off as an anomaly.

    Agree with the moisturising thing too; I've spent so long here my skin's got used to it, but yes, for anything more than a day or two you will want to protect your skin/lips.

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