Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
LOVE this type of question bc I have mastered the cold hands and feet problem!!
The trick is to keep your core and your legs warm and ALWAYS wear dry clothing and gloves. You can overheat a little bit and then your body will try to cool down with your hands.
First you need layers, but no MORE than 3, bc it gets too bulky. Natural materials, primarily cotton and wool and most important. Thinsulate works pretty well, but when the temperatures dip below zero they are much less effective.
I would suggest several different pairs of shoes. Surprisingly, I rotate 4 pairs of sneakers during the winter, and I hang my socks in between feeding runs to keep them dry, or I use a new, dry pair. You MUST keep your feet dry to keep them warm. Whatever footwear you use it must breathe, and you need room to wiggle your toes so you can get that pocket of air to heat them up.
I just LOVE my Carthart hooded, lined cotton duck jacket and I use my overalls, too, when it's really cold. I also can add a stretchy hat under my jacket, too. Buy a size larger than you normally wear for extra space.
I often layer either a pair of long underwear pants or even jeans UNDER a pair of sweatpants, and that's usually sufficient.
I do have a pair of lined, leather workgloves, but mostly I wear (DRY AGAIN), cheap, suede workgloves, and they're warm enough when I'm dressed right.
IF you're cold when you're inside, the same thing applies--change your socks bc you've been sweating and your socks are probably damp.