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A Three Layer Approach To Style This Season

Stay Warm & Dry

A simple three-layer approach to style can keep you warm this season. Here are some stylish tips and selections that are found locally and on the web.

Base Layer:

A good base layer wicks moisture away from your body. This keeps you warm. Avoid cotton shirts, which absorb moisture. Fabrics like polyester and wool are good choices. You can’t go wrong with this Icebreaker Merino Wool Long Sleeve. If you are feeling a little more sporty, this Helly Hansen Long Sleeve hearkens back to their original Lifa long underwear which caused a stir in the 70’s.

Mountain Hardwear makes a great Fleece.

Mountain Hardwear makes this plush fleece, which compliments a woman’s physique nicely.

Thermal/Insulating Layer:

A good thermal layer absorbs the heat your body creates, while letting moisture escape. Garments with pockets of air like polar-fleece, wool and goose-down are all great for this. Seattle Based Outdoor Research features a wool blend hoody, which is a comfy and durable choice. This North Face Aconcagua Vest will keep your body warm while giving your arms mobility. It’s a good alternative to the standard North Face Denali Fleece. You could always get both –  it never hurts to have options.

Outer Shell:

A good shell protects you from the wind and the rain. Many older styles of raincoats are not breathable like their modern counterparts, but they still work well depending on how active you are. A classic design from a Northwest mainstay is this Eddie Bauer Windfoil Elite Trench Coat. Something a little sportier, light weight and breathable would be a Minimalist Gore-Tex shell from Marmot.


Despite the cold, this mom — in her classic Filson wax-cloth rain coat — enjoys the beach with her son who is toasty warm in his North Face Denali Jacket.

Something To Consider:

There is a hybrid of sorts out there. It is technically a thermal layer, but can still shed a little wind and rain. It’s called a soft shell and is more breathable than a standard outer shell. In some ways it is perfect for our relatively temperate Northwest winters. It works well as a light jacket through the other three seasons as well. This North Face Apex Bionic 2 Softshell should last you years on the streets and the slopes, while this Kirkland Signature softshell hooded jacket would be the stylish and economical choice. If you’re looking for another resource check out sharp shaft survival tips.

Where To Buy:

A lot of these brands are found locally in the South Sound at stores like Big J’s, REI, Cabela’s, and Bass Pro Shops.

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