I know we have talked a lot about general clothing. Lots of suggestions for tempid winters like layering long and short sleeve tops.
But I am curious to hear from the mamas in areas with extreme winters. In Germany we get in the negatives all winter long. As cold as -26 degrees.
So tees just wont work for us. :giggle:
Curious what you consider a minimal but practical winter wardrobe. What are your must have items.
10-27-2011, 06:44 AM
In the frozen tundra of Minnesota Tee's wont work either!
DH and I have a very minimal wardrobe. We each have 3-4 pairs nicer pants (like jeans), 2 pairs comfy pants, 4-5 sweatshirts, and 3-4 long sleeve shirts. We might have a few (2-3) nicer looking shirts/sweaters too- honestly I can't remember! It's not much at all. DH wears a uniform to work so that cuts WAY down on the amount of clothes we have to have. I SAHM most of the time, and what I have to wear to work is white top/tan pants so that limits stuff too. When we're around the house it's comfy clothes.
As for the kids they have about them same or up to double what we have incase of accidents/spills.
For winter coats- each kids have 2. They are the 3 in 1 kind so they work for spring/fall coats as well. One is a nice (school) coat, the other an everyday coat for around the house. I have 2 of the same types of coats as well. DH on the other hand has a ****** with coats and has about 15 of them... He is slowly getting rid of them!
10-27-2011, 07:14 AM
We're in northern Ontario and it gets really chilly here too. We do the layering thing, but not so much with tees as with long wool underwear. The kids have down filled snowsuits for outside play, wool hats (usually under another), mittens that go up to their elbows Stonz makes awesome ones) and we can't buy cutesie boots, they have to be rated for -30 or better. Even with all that on we have to time our outside play most days because of frostbite; we do about 30mins, sometimes 2 or 3 times a day, sometimes we just bunker down inside, and on nice days, say when it's only -10 or warmer, we soak up the sun and stay out as long as we can stand it.
So must have items; wool, good boots, down filled coats/snowsuits, and good mittens. A great pair of sunglasses doesn't hurt either b/c that sun sure reflects off of all the snow :giggle:
All this talk of winter is giving me a chill :goodvibes:
10-27-2011, 08:05 AM
It can get into the negative numbers here too. Add in the wind chill...:brrr:
When it is really cold I start with wool socks and long johns, add another long sleeve shirt and a sweater, a long flannel petticoat with a floor length skirt and boots lined with wool fleece on the inside. We have wool and down coats and plenty of mittens, gloves, scarves and hats.
I have a pair of fingerless angora gloves for around the house. They keep my hands warm while I read or type. I also drink tea all day to stay warm. : )
10-27-2011, 09:12 PM
I feel like undershirts are a must for cold weather, also long underwear is great, and good outerwear (good parka, boots, hat, mittens, etc.). You can't beat down for coats.
11-27-2011, 12:12 AM
I don't think its as cold where i live as it is in Germany. Usually only a couple of days that are colder than -10. We still end up needing a ton of gear. Winter is a super long season here (I've gone skiing in june :giggle:).
This is my winter gear SO has about the same set up - long underware, smartwool socks, down vest, fleece coat, winter shell (doubles as a rain coat), sorrel snow boots, waterproof mittens, fleece gloves (for driving and less cold days), hat, scarf. On really cold days I wear it all.
DS has a warm coat/snow pants set, fleece coat, long underwear, smartwool socks, fleece mittens, waterproof mittens, snow boots, 2 hats, this face guard thingy (i forget what its called but it covers his neck and cheeks) and a fleece snow suit.
It seems not so minimal especially when I write it down. But, I got rid of the duplicates and unused winter things this spring. So I guess it's as minimal as its going to get.
11-27-2011, 12:35 AM
We live in a cold climate (it's -23*F right now) and we have lots of fleece, and I recently discovered wool interlock pants for DS! We just layer in thin layers that are safe for the car (thermals under fleece) and then take our coats in the car. We like a few high quality pieces instead of lots of cheap ones :) good boots are a necessity, for sure. We bought Bogs this year and love them.
11-28-2011, 04:11 PM
I've gotta say, you ladies are making me thankful for my mild Tennessee winters! I grew up in Wisconsin, and I remember have a bench in our front hall that could be opened to store stuff inside. We had tons of hats, mittens, scarves, etc., but there were so many that you could never find two matching mittens. I think keeping things minimal is definitely the way I would go if we needed all that stuff!