Layer with a vest
Vests are the ultimate layering piece. In its infinitely strange, if not genius, arm-less design, the vest can be one extra barrier against the cold or act as a final finishing piece on slightly warmer days. Throw it over the typically untoppable sweater to keep your limbs covered and core toasty. The key here is to keep everything equal. Pair chunkier sweaters with similarly sturdy vests and finer gauge knits with leaner, lightweight ones. [Click here to find a vest like this at a price you’ll love.]
Avoid: Oversize vests, sweaters with reindeer and/or Douglas firs
Learn to tie your scarf
Scarves were meant to be wrapped around the neck, one of the primary places the body releases heat. And there are three simple ways to wear them. The Parisian — obviously the most fussy of the family — is created by folding the scarf lengthwise and pulling the two ends through the loop created on the opposite side. It’s the snuggest fitting method for maximum warmth. The more casual once-around knot works by placing the scarf on the neck with one side slightly longer than the other and then wrapping it around and through the loop. And if it’s not quite that cold yet, keep the once-around loose and limber. Caution: This route only works with longer scarves. [As a veteran, you might just enjoy your own variation of scarf style with these patriotic scarves]
For more on this topic, check out our article on how to tie a scarf.
Avoid: Throwing one end over your shoulder like a Christmas-clad Peanuts cartoon character.