I love winter!
It’s a statement that I proudly declare every year as it begins to get cold.
But I’ve been straight up lying to myself!
I don’t love the dark mornings and even darker nights. Or trying to muster up the mental strength to get out of my car or even walk the dog!
But I do love the things associated with this chilly season… hot chocolate, movie nights, cozy blankets, and of course winter fashion!
So let’s get right to it, how the pros stay warm during the winter months (and how you should too).
An effective layering system is the key to staying comfortable throughout these notoriously cold Wisconsin winters. Everyone feels the cold differently, for example, I’m a freeze baby and am cold even on 70 degree days but then I walk outside and see people in shorts when it’s a whopping 14 degrees outside! Luckily a basic layering system will work for everyone.
1) First things first.. a good base layer
A base layer is your first line of defense against the cold. Base layers are designed to regulate your body temperature and should be close fitting to trap a thin layer of warm air against your skin. A base layer will also ‘wick’ away perspiration from the skin to keep you dry. Why is being dry so important? Because dry = warm. When it comes to base layers, read the tags! You’re looking for something that says Merino wool or Polyester. STAY AWAY FROM COTTON! Cotton holds moisture, therefore, you’re cold and crabby. Merino wool is popular as it’s naturally warm and has antibacterial qualities. Goodbye B.O.! Despite what you may have thought of wool in the past, merino wool is not itchy! So don’t let that scare you away, you’ll stay warm, dry, and itch free. I promise! Merino is your answer if you’re a freeze baby like I am, going hunting, going to a Packer Game, or doing something where you’re not working up a sweat. Polyester isn’t the warmest base layer but it’s great if you’re planning on being more active because it adjusts to the wearer’s heat and humidity. Walking the dog? Cutting wood? Ice Skating? Throw on your polyester base layer.
2) Mid layers – aka my favorite layer!
Just because you want to stay warm, doesn’t mean you have to look sporty all the time. Dress your mid layer up or down as much as you want! An effective mid layer will provide great insulation by working hand in hand with your base layer to trap air between layers, resulting in enhanced warmth and comfort. Fleece is the ideal mid layer, as it is lightweight and highly breathable. Warmth without weight is important otherwise we feel super restricted and no one wants that. It’s all about comfort, right? You don’t have to go out and buy a special mid layer either. Do you have a wool sweater in your closet? Maybe a cute down vest? Just don’t put the cotton shirt underneath it!
3) Last but surely not least, the outer layer
The outer layer is just like the windows in your house. You may have the best heating system in the neighborhood but if you’re by a window you’ll still get that unwelcoming chill. So naturally, what do you do? Shut the window curtain, right? It’s that one extra layer that helps keep the cold outside, where it belongs! Just think of the curtains being like your jacket. You can have the best jacket and snow pant in the world but they won’t do anything if you aren’t properly layered underneath, just like closing the curtain won’t keep you warm if you don’t have the furnace on. The base and mid layers wick away moisture and trap body heat while the outer layer is your main defense against the brutal Wisconsin elements. This snowproof, waterproof, and windproof layer is a lifesaver during those below zero windchill days! If you’re a freeze baby like I am, look for an insulated jacket and snow pant. This gives you one more layer of extra warmth. If you’re more active or are that person that wears shorts all year round, think about getting a shell. They have a similar feel to a rain jacket so they don’t give you extra insulation but they do protect you from the outside elements.
4) Don’t forget to accessorize!
Listen to your mom! Cover your head, neck, and hands, it makes a world of a difference.
And there you have it, the 411 on how to survive the winter months that seem to last a lifetime in the midwest.
Click Here to shop some of our favorite layering pieces this season!
Remember, it’s the little things that matter most during the holiday season.
Coworker treats, stocking stuffers, secret santa, a little something for your favorite barista at your coffee shop, and more. Don’t forget all the people on your list that can use a little pick-me-up this holiday season with these simple gifts that work for everyone.
Manzella Hybrid Ultra Touchtip Outdoor Gloves For Men
You can never go wrong with commuter gloves! Going outside to get the mail, start your car, take your dog on a walk, you name it, these are perfect! And the best part?! Save the hands from the bitter cold but still have all the functionality to use your phone, it’s a win-win!
Sale Price: $16.99
Gordini Fall Line Mitten For Women
Give the gift of warm hands this holiday season, she’ll love you for it!
Why this mitten? Well, you can’t beat the price. Also it’s waterproof, windproof, breathable, stick-grip fingers, wrap caps & thumb with digital grip! Need I say more?!
Sale Price: $26.99
Hats, Hats, and More Hats!!
You can NEVER have enough hats! I always said that I need one for every outfit, sometimes I want warm hats, sometimes I want dressy hats, big pom, no pom? I just always need more hats! And I know I’m not the only one, so when in doubt, grab a hat!
Sale Price: $9.99+
Terramar Ecolator Base Layers (Long Underwear)
Cold people are not happy people, so lets keep everyone happy and warm! These pieces are versatile enough to be worn as an outer or inner layer which makes these base layers the perfect top and bottom for any man, woman, or child.
Sale Price: $27.99
SE 3 Watt Headlamp
Runners, hunters, bikers, and nighttime lovers. This is the gift for them! It’s lightweight, adjustable, and it’s bright! 120 lumens to be exact. There will never be a dull moment again with this awesome stocking stuffer!
Oakley E-Frame Goggle
We all know that one person. You know, the one that can never have enough snowboard or ski gear. Watch them jump for joy when they open this gift! Not only will they be the most stylish person on the hill but they’ll think of you every time they ride!
Sale Price: $29.99
Patagonia Tech Web Belt
There’s something about these belts that everyone loves. Maybe the awesome colors it comes in? Most likely the fact that it keeps everyone from seeing your underwear AND opens your beer bottles! WHAT?! Yes! You heard me, it opens your beer! So, if you were looking for any college kid, beer lover, tailgater, or just anyone in general, your search is over because this is your answer!
Sale Price: $29.99
Hydroflask 18oz. Standard Mouth Bottle
Once you go to an insulted water bottle, you never go back! Whether you’re out enjoying the warm sunny day on a boat ride, keeping your hot cocoa warm in the middle of winter, or trying not to spill all over yourself while doing some mountain biking, this is the perfect solution.
Sale Price: $29.99
Spacecraft Beer Can Glass
So these are just super cool!
Drink more of your favorite cold (or warm) beverages out of these custom Spacecraft glasses. Each glass features two engraved logos and holds 16oz of your favorite drink. Comes in a 4 pack limited edition box!
Sale Price: $19.99
When in doubt, buy socks!
It’s time to relax with ample cushion, a soft Merino blend, a Virtually Seamless toe, and a decorative design to match any style. Your feet will stay happy all day, whether you’re playing cards, walking the lakeshore, or cozying up to the fireplace.
Sale Price: $20-$25
Outdoor Research Sensor Dry Pocket
Do you know someone who has a tendency to forget their phone in their pocket and jumps in the water with it? Maybe someone who does a lot of fishing, boating, hiking, camping, or vacationing? Help keep their gadgets safe and dry in the boat or on the trail. It protects touch-screen devices from the elements while still allowing for their use through its clear, waterproof, touch-sensitive window. The clear window wraps around to accommodate your devices’ camera lens.
Sale Price: $24
Dakine Micro Lock
We’re back to that person who can never have enough snowboard or ski gear! Are you ever on the hill and see someone carrying their gear with them everywhere they go? It’s probably because they are worried someone will take their awesome new skis or snowboard! Help them eliminate the worry and enjoy the atmosphere in peace with the Dakine Micro Lock.
Sale Price: $13
Patagonia Trucker Hat
Last but surely not least! The trucker hat we all know and love. Whether they’re out exploring or just going grocery shopping, this hat fixes any bad hair day!
Sale Price: $29
Happy Holidays from the Shep’s Crew!
We’ve got a swaeeet treat for you Dec 4-24, 2017 at Shepherd & Schaller in downtown Wausau.
Shop our extensive selection of awesome sale, clearance and regular price snow sports gear and clothing and we’ll sweeten the deal with a tasty extra discount on your purchase of clothing, winter boots, shoes and holiday home items.
Reach in to our candy jar for a yummy chocolate treat and an extra 10%, 15% or even 20% off your purchase of clothing, winter boots, shoes and holiday home items – even styles that are already discounted!
It’s an extra sweet deal for skiers, snowboarders, fashionistas and even those who prefer the beach over the slopes, because nearly everything in store is already on sale!
Happy Holidays from all of us at Shep’s. We’re thrilled to spend our 68th Christmas with you.
- Sweet Discount is not applicable to ski or snowboard equipment including skis, boards, bindings, ski or snowboard boots, helmets, goggles or tuning supplies.
- Sweet Discount is not retroactive to previous purchase on any date
- Sweet discount is not applicable to special order items
- Sweet discount must be redeemed the day it is drawn from the candy jar
In addition to discounts scattered in every department, you’ll get $10 in ShepsBucks for every $100 you spend. That’s on all the products we have in-stock, including clothing and equipment (but not gift cards, shop services or special orders. Full disclaimer is on each Shep’s Bucks card.)