The time for summer is over. All Canadians feel remorse deep in their hearts, knowing that the winter months are soon approaching. However, we are a strong and resilient people, which empowers us to look forward to the winter, rather than backwards to the summer. As a result, now is the time to begin our preparations for the colder months.
In terms of preparation, one of the first things we must do is ensure we have the right amount of boutique clothing, or otherwise, to keep warm. There are many ways to keep warm in our snowy climate, but all of them revolve around a central idea, which is layering. Layering means that we must use different fabric types in a set sequence to keep each part of our body warm and toasty.
How to Layer with Boutique Clothing
Keep in mind that the best layering scheme involves three crucial layers: the base layer, insulation layer and outer layer. Each level will play a unique role in keeping the warmness envelope enshrouding you, and there are examples of great fabrics for each below.
The Base Layer
The base layer of your outfit keeps your skin happy and content. The best way to look at your base layer is to think of it like the protective sleeve for your body to fit into the upper layers. It should be thin and perform the critical role of moisture management.
Merino wool and silk are both great options for base layer materials, but synthetic fibres have proven efficacy as well. If you want to go for a truly classic Canadian-style, consider getting a one-piece outfit as a top and bottom. Both convenient and conventional, the old saying “ if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” certainly applies here.
The Insulating Layer
The insulating layer is the workhorse of your layering outfit. This is the layer that provides the cozy, comfortable and caressing feelings of warmth and contentment. One of the best ways to determine if you have an insulating layer is by hugging the garment to your chest. Do you feel safe, swaddled or calmed? If you do, this is likely the right choice for your insulating layer.
The best fabric for insulation is wool. Traditional sheep’s wool is a good choice if you have a large jacket to fit over top, but for the same warming in a thinner layer, consider Alpaca wool instead. It has almost double the heating capability for the same amount of fabric. Otherwise, consider a fleece option for greater style choice.
The Outer Layer
The outer layer has two goals. First, it must act as a wind block to prevent piercing ice fingers from entering the lower layers. Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, the outer layer is where we get to express our fashionable side. This layer is the one most people will see when you go from location to location during the frigid days, which means it must look the best.
Good examples of outer layer materials are jackets, peacoats, heavy sweaters, and puffy vests. The functional requirement is to keep out the wind, and fit over the other two layers, so don’t get hung up on the fabrics for this layer too much. Plus, you can try boutique clothing for something unique.
Start Layering Today with Boutique Clothing
You can start your outfit building today by visiting our online store or coming to visit in person. We look forward to helping you prepare for the winter season and answering any questions you may have!
At Melrose & Co, we are committed to providing you with stylish and affordable fashion. With unique designs that stand out from the rest, there is no other store where you can enjoy the benefits of style and price. Don’t miss out on the chance to look stunning every single day of the week! Feel free to visit us at #101 209 Centre Ave SW, Airdrie, or contact us at 403 948 0010