How to Dress for the Snow?

How to Dress for the Snow?

What comes into your mind when you hear the words “snow outfit?” Layers of clothes and bulky fabric, right? 

But would you like your clothes to interrupt your experience of playing in the snow? Certainly, not. Everyone deserves to look stylish regardless of the season. After all, winters are meant to thrive for, not just to survive. 

So, how should you dress for snow and look cute simultaneously? Read further to pack your bag with the correct type of snow outfits.

How Should You Wear Clothes in the Snow?

For decades, snowboarding and ski-wear have always been the most talked-about fashion statements. Thanks to Bauer’s Skyliner jacket – the transition from skirts to jackets in the 1930s took snow fashion to the next level.

Since then, people have been experimenting with layers to ace style and warmth simultaneously. But most fail because of not choosing the correct layers in the snow.

So, here’s a checklist to help you cover yourself up appropriately in the snow:

Wrap With an Underlayer First

Whatever you’ll wear as intimate clothing will serve as the underlayer. For harsh winters, this layer carries the most weight in snow wear. However, most skiers skip this step and face the consequences. 

As for base layers, you should wear fabrics that won’t absorb much moisture, retain body heat, and are lightweight and breathable. Fabrics that carry these features include fleece, thermals, silk, and merino wool, to name a few. They will maintain more body heat than cotton. 

If you are curious to know if you can skip wearing this layer, the answer is no. You must wear it even under your casual winter clothes to ensure that any icy water or snowflake soaking your upper clothing does not penetrate your skin. 

The icy cold water penetration might freeze you to death (and we do not have antifreeze for humans). But if you find yourself really hot because of the underlayer, you can wear those with zippers for easy removal.

Add an Insulating Layer

Once you have trapped the heat with the upper layer, it’s time to retain it. Again, you don’t necessarily need to add layers of insulating clothes and become immobile. Of course, who likes turning into a snowman, right? 

So, choose a garment that allows you to move while keeping yourself warm. That will act as an insulating layer and will secure the heat by entrapping air near your body.

Try wearing thin layers of materials like nylon, wool, and polyester, which work well for middle layers. You can go for hoodies, fleece vests, long-sleeved shirts, etc., and pair any of them with snow pants.

Finish It Up With Your Jacket

Now, when you’ve packed yourself with the right amount of warm layers, it’s time to choose an outer layer. This layer will act as the star of your snow outfit. So, choose something that lets you combat cold with style.

We recommend wearing something woven, waterproof, wind-resistant, and more heat-retaining. Here’s what you can try as combos:

  • Leather jackets with overcoats
  • Waterproof vests with hoodies and/or leggings
  • Fur sweater with tights.

If you are still not sure about the above options, you can always ring the bells with winter shells.

Snug Your Fingers and Toes

During winters, our blood vessels constrict to save body heat. So this diminishes the overall blood flow, making it difficult to reach the extremities. This is the reason your feet and arms are colder than your body.

Thus, to ensure your toes and fingers get the coziness they deserve, here’s what we suggest:

  • Grab a Pair of Snow Boots

Whether you plan to play for hours in snow or take a short stroll outside your camper, no other boots can replace snow boots. Yes, not even Uggs! Because to walk on snow without falling, you need boots with good traction, durability, and water resistance.

Comparatively, Uggs are less attractive and water-resistant than most snow boots. Plus, wearing regular shoes like sneakers might allow snow to get inside your shoes, making your feet more prone to blisters.

  • Get Your Hands on Mittens

You can wear gloves in cold weather, but we suggest wearing mittens on snowy days. It’s because mittens are warmer than gloves and keep your fingers unseparated. So, the closer your fingers are, the better the heat conductance. For snowy days, fleece-woven mittens work the best.

  • Wear a Pair of Winter Socks

After wearing snow boots, you would not feel the need to wear socks. But, if it’s way too cold, or your boots do not have a thick insole, you can go for a pair. Do not opt for cotton socks; they are worst for winters. Why? 

Because cotton absorbs moisture and retains it. Plus, it has a low insulation value, which diminishes after it gets wet. Thus, you should go for socks made of Isowool, wool, fleece, and other thick material socks in snow.

Beware of wearing double layers of socks. That’s because wearing an extra layer of socks will enhance the pressure on your feet and reduce blood circulation, making them colder instead of warm.

Go for a Balaclava

After covering your entire body, it’s time to cover your face. Try wearing a balaclava to get combined heat protection for your ears, lips, and face. It’s great for snowboarders, skiers, snowmobilers, and any person prone to chapped skin and frostbites. 

Don’t Skip Your Sunglasses

One of the most underrated and ignored items on most snow wear lists is a pair of sunglasses. If possible, you must wear them for almost all snow activities.  

Not only will they prevent your eyes from UV damage, but they will keep snow, wind, and glare away from ruining them. In contrast, skipping your sunglasses might cost you blindness in the worst conditions.

Snow Hats and Beanies

How can you forget your head and ears? You better not; it’s a really important step when choosing your snow outfits. Covering your head and ears retains heat to the rest of your body. Thus, it’s essential to cover them adequately in snow. 

For that, you have multiple options like snow hats, caps, scarfs, and beanies. Though all of them provide immense warmth, we suggest wearing beanies, especially those made of fleece, for extreme weather. 

If you are planning to ski or snowboard, do not forget to take your helmet.

What Kind of Pants Should You Wear in the Snow?

If you plan to wear jeans in the snow, we’d ask you to rethink it. Denim is cotton, and we already know why cotton doesn’t go well with snow.

So, choose something that covers your boots, is waterproof, and shoves snow from your skin. One of the best pants explicitly made to serve these benefits is snow pants. You can also pair your sweat pants, tights, and other absorbent material clothes underneath your snow pants.

What Do You Wear in the Snow if You Don’t Have Snow Pants?

If you do not have snow pants in your wardrobe, you can go for other thick-material pants. That includes fishing waders, wind pants, sweatpants, rain pants, fleece pants, etc. But we suggest wearing them only if you are out of choices as none can replace snow pants.

Which Colour Clothes to Wear in the Snow?

Though choosing colors for clothes is entirely personal, you need something that stands out in the white snow. For that, we suggest wearing bright and dark colors. Why? Because dark colors absorb more heat and are highly visible in the snow. 

Thus, if you are looking for a great snow photoshoot while being warm, colors like emerald green, red, yellow, stark black, etc., can be a perfect choice.

Skyboarding Vs. Skiing Clothes: What’s the Difference?

Apart from many other differences between skyboarding and skiing is the attire. Skyboarding clothes, especially jackets and pants, are on the baggier side, while ski wear is tighter. 

For snowboarding, you require a loose-fitting for multiple leg movements and crouching. While in the case of skiing, the tighter fit is excellent for maintaining speed and aerodynamics.

The Bottom Line

Whether it’s your first experience in the snow or you’re an experienced snowboarder, it’s impossible to fight snow, look good, and feel comfortable without the proper attire. But fortunately, to dress up for snow, you only need to follow the basics we talked about in this guide.

Now since you’ve unleashed the basic attire requirements for your next snow trip, you can always customize them according to your style.

Warwick Braith

Warwick Braith is a thrill seeker at heart. He loves getting outdoors and testing his limits in the wild. As a blogger for YapQ, Warwick provides readers with insights and tips on how to get the most out of their outdoor experiences. Whether it's hiking, camping, or simply exploring nature, Warwick knows how to make the most of it.

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