How to Choose Thermal Wear

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Thermal wear is a cold weather fashion staple. Not only is it comfortable, but it traps in your body heat, thereby keeping you extra warm and protecting you from the elements, whether you are skiing down a mountain or trying to catch a bus to work on a cold, blustery day. Whatever cold situation you are headed into, thermal wear is an essential to addition to your winter wardrobe, as it will keep you warm and insulated despite the cold.

Determine your need. Thermal wear comes in different fabrics and even different degrees of warmth, so before choosing a type, you need to determine what type of thermal wear you actually need. Think about the situations you will be in that require thermal wear, such as skiing, outdoor work, extra warmth during the regular workday, etc.

Choose your fabric. Thermal wear comes in many different fabrics, such as polyester, silk, wool, cotton, synthetic and wool blends, each of which provide a different level of warmth. Choose the type of fabric based on your ultimate need for the garment. For example, if you are going skiing, you will want to choose a heavy fabric, such as wool, whereas if you are looking to stay a little warmer at the office during the colder months, you will choose a lighter weight fabric, such as silk or cotton. Each garment will have a description of the level of warmth provided by the material it is made of.

Try it on. Before buying thermal wear, try on each piece, both top and bottom, to make sure that they fit you well. Thermal wear should be snug and tight, but not uncomfortable. It should hug your body and not be loose, as if it is your second layer of skin. Such a fit is necessary to keep you warm and insulated