This week we talk dressing warm, and what we wear when it's cold out. Cold as in Chicago cold (because there are a lot of different colds out there.)
Chicago is fun when it comes to weather. We have three different weather fronts to contend with - the lake effect is no joke. The summers can get to 100F with 90% humidity whereas the winters can get -40F (or more) with windchill. (Can I say I hate it when they use windchill. If it feels that cold then it's that fucking cold.) There are some very good reasons we have cooling and heating centers in Chicago. The summer where over 100 people died because of the heat? The winter where people were freezing to death and we had tons of house fires?
To say we have all sorts of extreme weather would be an accurate deacription.
We have to know how to cool down and bundle up. We have to be able to modify and make changes.
People may mock our winter coats, but when you're being blasted by the lake winds - it's no joke. You want to be cover from heat to mid thigh at the very least. Most people have some kind of heavy beanie, scarf, gloves/mittens, snow pants, and a heavy down jacket.
We need those.
We all have things we prefer to wear in the cold. Me? Mittens.
One of my favorite presents happen to be a pair of warm mittens a friend sent to me for last Christmas. *points up* Aren't they adorable? They keep my fingers nice and warm, and if the weather happens to get really bad, I can slip on a pair of thermal gloves and stick my hands in the mittens.
Nice and toasty.
What about you? What's your favorite weather gear?