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Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Chapter 9, Page 28, Book 10
I'm thinking about keeping warm on today. As the days are getting cooler I try to put off turning the central heating on here at my house and also at the camper when I'm there. Fuel costs are a major drain on my budget and I try to keep them low.
Fall can often seem like the limbo of seasons. It's not quite cold enough for a pea coat, but definitely not warm enough for a sun dress. Many people do not know how to dress for the weather and as a result, they are often uncomfortable. I try to focus on layers and light but cozy fabrics. In addition to keeping you warm, layering makes it easier to avoid becoming overheated.
It's time to pack away my flat leather sandals, any shell jewelry, those formless dog-day dresses...these, for me, only serve to remind me that the beach and the long summer evenings are gone for another year.
As the days get shorter, the difference between day temperature and night temperature gets significantly greater. I wear a light sweater or jacket in the morning that can easily allow me to shed layers as the day goes by and the sun bears down. You can tie the sweater around your neck for a preppy look
Once the weather takes a turn for the worse, I forget being fashionable and focus on keeping comfortable and staying warm and dry. In wet weather, the trick is to stay dry. Wet clothing draws body heat out. There are still a few camping days left this year and a waterproof coat and shoes are always a part of my wardrobe.
Traditional thermal undergarments do well for the first layer. An alternative to traditional thermals is silk. Silk is very warm and feels wonderful. At the advice of a friend I tried out Winter Silks a few years ago and just love them as they are lighter than the traditional thermals.
Layer a knit sweater or sweatshirt over the top of the first layer and then add your coat or jacket as the top layer.Wrap a scarf around your neck and pull it snug. On really cold days you may want to tuck it into your coat for added warmth.
At home you'll often find me with a turtle neck shirt as the second layer covered by a vest or a sweater. I love fleece too and it really keeps you warm. Outdoor enthusiasts have long recognized that multiple layers of clothing keep them warm in winter and from overheating in summer.
The best tip for any season is to dress in clothes that are comfortable and fit you well. This is TERRIFIC Tuesday and although it is wet, cool and raining here I'm going to feel TERRIFIC cause I've got my layers on!