I found my UK winter clothes were totally useless in the US
I have to disagree with you on UK winter clothes.
I moved from Iowa, the Midwest to Buckinghamshire, the UK 17 years ago, bought my all winter clothes there, mostly custom indoor suits, custom overcoat, cubbing coat and custom hunt coat. Then I moved to Huntington, New York 12 years ago. I still keep all those impeccable British tailored coats, overcoat and hunt outfit! The best among them all are a pair of second-hand cavalry twill hunt breeches made by Dege & Skinner. They keep me warm in the coldest New York winter. The key of dressing for the US winter is layering, starting with the base. Four months of the year, from mid November to mid March, I always put on a pair of long John. I used to like Patagonia brand a lot. Now I prefer Icebreaker Merino.They breath better and last longer between washing...... When you spend outdoor a lot, add a top base layer too. People always amaze how little I wear in the winter when outdoor horseback riding. Base layer, cashmere turtleneck, hunt coat, cavalry twill breeches and medium weight ski socks under my dress or field boots. Good gloves (mine are insulated Roeckl) and thin head cap under the helmet. When I see other riders still shivering under their puffy down jacket, I just thought that they don't wear good base layer. My suspicion always proof right. Those shivering riders got to the barn after a long ride, took off their down jacket, only to expose thin flannel shirt over cotton, I repeat cotton, short sleeves undergarment!
My British tailor coats are even warmer than my US-made down jacket because in the UK they put wool fleece, not cotton fleece, lining on the coat, instead of nylon or modal. The British just don't skim when it comes to making good winter clothing.
So keep your British made clothes and buy good winter base layers. Happy shopping!
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