Warm Winters

Way back in my first winter in Massachusetts I commuted by car. It sorta went like this:

Warm Winters

It was easy to never be dressed for weather. And easy to misplace things like gloves.

Once I moved into the city that changed. Even before I started biking I found myself walking an average of 4 miles a day to get to public transit and everywhere in in between. It was horribly cold. Then I realized the weather wasn’t bad. My clothing was. All my disposable fashion was just that, disposable.

However, it’s not always easy to find good winter wear these days:

Warm Winters

I suspect many fashion designers are drivers. And live in Los Angeles. They’re not designing for my lifestyle.

I need functional fashion. And it doesn’t have to look like this:

Warm Winters

There are some warmer winter options out there if you really look. I still make sure to pay attention to the details:

Warm Winters

Because there is a difference between looking warm and being warm.

So after several winters in the city I have finally built up a quality winter wardrobe of quality winter items and approach that works for me:

Warm Winters

Winter is much warmer now. And I no longer lose my gloves.

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Tim
Tim
3 years 7 months ago

You’re missing something from your otherwise really cool list of women’s cold weather cycling fashion. Maybe you could have included a wool skirt or shorts?

Steve
Steve
3 years 7 months ago

Thank you for winter wear tips… You awesomeness just gets better…

Men want you… Women want to be you. 🙂

Josh
Josh
3 years 7 months ago
You like wool better than synthetics. I get it. There are a lot of benefits to wool. There are also a lot of benefits to synthetics. Some of which wool doesn’t have. I also get that the cartoon about the base layer tags is a joke, but I think it is also a disservice. My synthetic polypro has held up for years and years and years. It is easier to wash than wool. It doesn’t have special washing instructions, and it certainly doesn’t come with any of those warnings. And when you move past base layers, synthetics will provide more… Read more »
Marianna
Marianna
3 years 7 months ago

I took the part about synthetics to be in reference to women’s “winter” fashion, not performance synthetics (like underarmor, capilene, etc.). Because when you go to a women’s clothing store, and you go to the “sweater” rack, all the sweaters are acrylic with maybe some cotton. NOT good warmstuffs

todd
todd
3 years 7 months ago
Josh, what you say about wool is historically true, but does not apply to modern superwash-process wool, such as is sold by the likes of Smartwool, Ibex, and Icebreaker among others. I confess to being a hardened lanophile, with more than 90% of my wardrobe being 100% wool, all layers, and most of the remainder being mostly wool with a bit of strategic elastic or nylon here or there. I bike every day year round, summer too in sheer wools. I machine wash and dry all of it. It dries very fast indeed, especially after a high-speed spin cycle. Right… Read more »
Jean
3 years 7 months ago

I nearly expected her to be chic….on the bike. 🙂 After several days of spring-like cycling, about 6 cm of snow dumped on us.

We get winters plunging down to -25 degrees to -30 degrees C. or colder here in southern Alberta. I’ve given up buying fashionable clothing from regular women’s stores. Sporting goods or quality fitness wear for me ..to get to work.

Invisible Visible Man
3 years 7 months ago
It’s a nice post, Bikey (I hope you don’t mind my using your first name). I moved in August from London to New York City and have been bracing myself (as I related here: http://invisiblevisibleman.blogspot.com/2012/11/whatever-weather-cyclings-proved-post.html) for a tough winter’s cycling. After three successive harsh winters in London in recent years, I have a pretty comprehensive kit of light waterproof jacket, full-finger gloves, waterproof trousers and so on for when the weather’s really harsh. They all go in my right-hand pannier bag (the left-hand one is for my jacket, a jumper, work notebooks, lights and so on). The problem at the… Read more »
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