Everyone needs outerwear who doesn’t live in the Tropics
Most people feel most comfortable in the temperature range of (9oC to 24oC). When wearing the right outerwear, i.e. the right insulation, one can stay outside for an extended amount of time feeling comfortable, i.e. not having the feeling of freezing to hypothermia. The right insulation avoids discomfort when watching the aurora or just when waiting for the bus (that tends to be late when a blizzard hits town). The right down jacket permits you to cheer for your favorite dog team in the appropriate Iditarot street style and enjoy other winter outdoor activities like sking, snowmachining or dog mushing.
Go for the insulation you need, not more
Down coats are a great way to create insulation when they are well done. The thin air layers between the downs and the pieces of a down hinder the exchange of your body heat with the cold ambient air. This is because air is a bad conductor for heat or in other words, a thin air layer is a good insulator. More downs packed loosely mean a thicker insolation than few down. Like with houses, this insulation should be chosen with the climate of your region in mind. You won’t add the insulation needed for a 5 star energy rated house in Fairbanks, when your house is in Athen, Georgia, for instance!
But what is the right insulation you need for a downcoat in your region?
Best insulation depends on more than just temperature
Whether you will feel comfortable or uncomfortable outside depends on more factors than just the temperature. Relative humidity, the wind and the clothing you wear also affect your thermal comfort level. This means when investing in a downcoat for staying warm in winter you shouldn’t just buy any downcoat, but the right one for the typical winter weather of your region. Make yourself knowledible about what to look for in a downcoat.
In winter, wind can make the air feel much colder than it actually is. This phenomenon is called wind chill. To stay comfortable you need outerwear that is chosen with the typical wind chill of your region in mind, instead of just the typical temperature range. You can use the wind chill table below to find what the air in your region feels like for the typical temperature and wind speed range of your region. When you just moved there, just call your local National Weather Service office and ask.
Like high relative humidity makes hot summer days to uncomfortable dog days, high relative humidity makes you feel uncomfortable at the lower temperature range too.
In other words, a fashionista in northern California is best served with a light downcoat suitable for temperatures down to 30F in the midst of winter, while a fashionista up in the Great Lakes area would wear this piece in fall prior to the first snow. This fact doesn’t mean that when the Great Lake area fashionista shouldn’t buy a 30F rated coat. She just must be aware that it’s a perfect fall coat for her, and she needs another one or has to apply layering to stay warm when the Polar Vortex hits. Actually, she needs both coats.
Wearing outerwear that provides too much insolation, namely leads to sweating and hence cooling. She is lucky when she only catches a cold when wearing the wrong coat. Thus, having another jacket with less insulation in addition to that one for the very frigid weather, is in her advantage regarding her health.
Note that local topography can lead to wind channeling; close-by lakes may lead to a milder climate in fall than areas farther away.
… before I forget. At 40 below freezing the weather isn’t great for a bikini look.
Like any of these looks? Then please pin them to your own Pinterest board so your friends, and family can see them too.
Become a High Latitude Style VIP
Are you already a High Latitude Style VIP who recieves a quasi-bi-weekly Newsletter about new posts and special style subjects? If not, become a VIP.
Welcome to the 189th Top of the World Style linkup. When you are a first time guest please register to receive an email invitation each week for the party. That’s your upgrade to a Top of the World Style VIP. 😉
As a “Thank You” for joining, I will pin my fav photo from your posts to the Top of the World Style Pinterest board. You can follow the board at the link or even pin more photos of your outfit posts or your favorite outfits from this party. Just send me an email with the request and follow my Pinterest boards (Pinterest requirement to add you). I will send you an invitation to join the board.
By linking up, you agree that I can use a photo from your linked post in case you become the Top of the World Style Winner, Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav or Top of the World OOTD My Fav. Thanks for the permission. 🙂
Please link back to this post and follow me via email. Please feel free to grab the party banner for your sidebar.
Please link only outfit posts and visit others’ posts. we all love traffic, right? Karma, karma.
The awardees are …
Nina Minassian as the Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav
You clicked Nora Minassian’s post the most often. She is the blogger at Jacket Society. Isn’t her floral winter dress with black fringe stole and boots stunning? Perfect for the office when you lived down South.
Fatima O. Arnan as the Top of the World OOTD My Fav
Fatima O. Arnan linked her post of her white and pink striped suit. She is the blogger at The Teachernista. Guess what? She is a teacher. Isn’t her summery pants suit so adorable?
Edwege as the Top of the World Style Winner of the Week
Edwege, the blogger at Hypnoz Glam, won the Top of the World Style feature. Her sequin pants are so cool! Who wouldn’t love to have a pair of pants like that?
Congrats! Download your award logo from the Linkup Directory to post it in your sidebar or on your award page.Join me at the Top of the World Style linkup party. #TopoftheWorldStyleLinkup Click To Tweet
All fashionisters and fashionistas, fashion and style lovers are welcome!
Let me give you some free promo. Tweet your linked post using the hashtag #TopoftheWorldStyleLinkup @HighLatitudeSty and I will retweet your link.
Get a free Newsletter every 2 weeks
Are you registered for my Newsletter to let you know about new posts, how tos and special style subjects? I’d highly appreciate it if you take the time to sign up and ask your friends to sign up too!!
Photos of me: G. Kramm
Disclosure: There are affiliate links in this post. You don’t pay more when you purchase a product through my link. These links just make it easier for you to find something, and I get a few cents when you purchase it. I so appreciate your support of High Latitude Style. Thank you!
© 2013-2019 Nicole Mölders | All rights reserved