By the time you read this, I will be on my way for a “Weekend to Remember” marriage retreat. My husband asked if I would be interested in going and I said, “Yes!” Then he saw the cost.
I reminded him that when we married it was “For better or worse.” We are either working to make it better or it will get worse. He wasn’t convinced.
A few more conversations about no vacation since 2012, his two trips to St. Louis Cardinals games, a Hawkeye game, and the registration was “Buy One Get One Free” finally convinced him.
Then came the dreaded time to pack . . . what to wear. It was 80° on Monday but forecasted for the 60’s this weekend with lows in the 40’s. I got out my trusty list. Dressing in layers will keep me comfortable regardless of the temperature.
Dressing for the Weather in Layers
Over 80 Degrees – Sandals
Sleeveless Shirt & Shorts/Skirt (or)
70-79 Degrees – Sandals
Short-Sleeves & Shorts/Skirt (or)
60-69 Degrees – Closed Toe Shoes, Lightweight Socks
Short-Sleeves & Lightweight Pants (or)
Short-Sleeved Dress & Pantyhose (or)
Short-Sleeved Shirt, Skirt & Pantyhose
50-59 Degrees – Closed Toe Shoes, Lightweight Socks
Long-Sleeved Shirt & Lightweight Pants (or)
Long-Sleeved Dress & Pantyhose (or)
Short-Sleeved Shirt with a Jacket & Pants or Skirt/Pantyhose
Outer Wear: Lightweight Jacket
40-49 Degrees – Closed Toe Shoes & Medium-weight Socks
Long-Sleeved Shirt under Short-Sleeved Shirt & Jeans/Warm Pants/Skirt & Tights (or)
Two Long-Sleeved Shirts & Jeans/Warm Pants/ Skirt & Tights (or)
Example: Long-sleeved crew neck under a long-sleeved V-neck shirt or Long-sleeved button-down shirt under a V-neck shirt.
Long-Sleeved Shirt with Jacket & Jeans/Warm Pants/ Skirt & Tights (or)
Long-Sleeved Dress with Jacket & Tights
Outer Wear: Lined Coat, Hat, Gloves
30-39 Degrees – Closed Toe Shoes & Medium-weight Socks
Sweater/Sweatshirt & Jeans/Warm Pants/Skirt & Tights (or)
Two Long-Sleeved Shirts under a Short-Sleeved Shirt & Jeans/Warm Pants/Skirt & Tights
Example: Long-sleeved button-down shirt over a turtleneck shirt and under a V-Neck Tee Shirt or A Turtleneck under a long-sleeved crew neck under a V-Neck T-Shirt.
Outer Wear: Winter Coat, Hat & Gloves
20-29 Degrees – Closed Toe Shoes & Heavy Socks
Sweater/Sweatshirt over a Long-Sleeved Shirt & Jeans/Warm Pants (or)
Two Long-Sleeved Shirts over a Turtleneck & Jeans/Warm Pants
Outer Wear: Winter Coat, Hat, Scarf, Gloves, Boots (Carry your shoes)
10-19 Degrees – Closed Toe Shoes and Heavy Socks
Sweater/Sweatshirt over Turtleneck, Long John Shirt & Long John Pants under Jeans/Warm Pants (or)
Two Long-Sleeved Shirts over a Turtleneck and Long John Shirt
& Long John Pants under Jeans/Warm Pants
Outer Wear: Winter Coat, Hat, Scarf, Gloves, Boots (Carry Your Shoes)
10 Degrees and Below – Closed Toe Shoes and Heavy Socks
Sweater/Sweatshirt over Turtleneck & Long John Shirt under Jacket
& Long John Pants under Jeans/Warm Pants (or)
Two Long-Sleeved Shirts (Crew neck, V-Neck, or Button Down) over a Turtleneck and Long John Shirt under Jacket
& Long John Pants under Jeans/Warm Pants
Outer Wear: Winter Coat (Coveralls), Hat (Face Mask), Scarf, Gloves, Boots. (Take Extra socks & Gloves)
(You can always remove a layer if it warms up more than expected.)
Note: Clothes made with breathable polypropylene, (i.e. Under Armour, Dri-Fit, ClimaLite, Drylete, Vapor Dry, Technifine or Cool Max), should only be worn for exercising outdoors, shoveling snow, etc. If you wear it for normal indoor activities it will transfer any sweat to the next layer, which is very unattractive! Blue Magazine, (published by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield), Winter 2010
I wore a blouse under a dress and a cardigan sweater over both.
My Frugalfish tip is to combine the layers on the hanger before putting them on. You can line up the shoulder seams and sleeve seams easier on the hanger than on your body. Then put all three layers on at once. You can button the blouse after you have it on and will only need a little adjusting.
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