Dress Properly! The Right Way To Layer For Cold

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Jerry Gerardo Lopez shovels snow in his driveway in Detroit on Wednesday.(Photo: Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Press via USA TODAY

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Bone-chilling temperatures are moving into the region. Your first thought is probably: dress warm. But do you know the right way to dress for the cold? There's a science to your layers.

Heather Lawler-Sears who manages the outdoor specialty store, Hudson Trail Outfitters in N.W., tells us there is a right way to layer.

"The first step is what's going to be next to your skin. You want to make sure it's not a cotton layer. Cotton does a bad job of moisture management, " said Lawler-Sears.

Meaning cotton keeps you colder longer. So stick with wool and synthetics.

"A thin base layer made of Merino wool does a good job with moisture management and odor control. Your polypropylene and long underwear can work but they can get stinky after a while, " Lawler-Sears said.

"The next layer, is your warm layer. You want anything that's not cotton. Susanna is wearing a sweater, almost everyone has a sweater at home, another option is fleece because it's nice and warm and toasty," she said.

"Your third step would be a coat of some sort. Susanna is wearing a down jacket. Outside is waterproof to keep you dry and break the wind, " said Lawler-Sears.

The same rules apply with socks and gloves. Stay away from cotton. Go with fleece, wool, silk or synthetics.

Layering with good quality material can add up.

The North Face down waterproof jacket worn by Susanna will cost you about $400
Rain or Snow pants roughly $100-$200                                           Jacket with fleece shell is $260
Merino Wool top is about $35
Smartwool socks $20-$30

Lawler-Sears says a cheap way to keep your feet warm is to trace your feet on tin foil and stick them in your boots. That helps conduct warmth.

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