2009 December 17

UC601The snow has arrived across most of the UK, just in time for everybody who’s planning a long journey, by plane, car or train, to reach their friends and family in time for Christmas.  When the weather turns bad, it’s essential to ensure that you’re dressing appropriately for comfort and safety.

If you’re travelling by car, think about the age and condition of those travelling with you: young children and the elderly suffer much more from cold and can find it difficult to keep warm in the way that the fit and active adult does. If your car breaks down, it can be very difficult to keep warm, so ensure everybody in the car has a hat and gloves, a scarf and a jacket, so that they don’t lose too much heat through their extremities or through their core body temperature dropping.

If you’re driving, think about comfort and safety – something like a pair of jog pants is ideal clothing as it allows you to stay warm in the car, but also to get out for whatever reason, from scraping ice from the windscreen to checking the tyres, without worrying about getting messy.

If you’re travelling by car, train or plane, ensure you have layered your upper clothing. One big jumper is no good if you get stuck in a hot airport, whereas a hoodie with a T-shirt underneath allows you to take your top layer off when you’re hot and put it back on again when you go outside and it’s cold. A fleece jacket is an ideal top garment as it offers great insulation without adding weight or reducing your mobility.


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2009 October 12

Regatta jacketJacket comes from the French and means an outer garment that is shorter than a coat, and the original jacket was worn under a coat, rather than instead of it. The coat would be long and thin and the jacket beneath it would have padding to add warmth.

These days we wear jackets instead of coats because they are smaller and lighter in weight but also because modern clothing technology means we can be just as warm with a slim jacket as our ancestors were with a thick jacket and a topcoat over it.

Choosing a winter jacket seems easy, because there are so many around, but getting the right one for you requires a bit of thought. A jacket should fit, suit your body shape and lifestyle and work with the rest of your clothing.

Fleece jackets are practical and lightweight but don’t keep you dry, so some jackets have a fleece lining and a waterproof outer layer to combine the best of both systems. Any fleece should fit comfortably around the body but allow enough room for easy movement.

More substantial winter jackets may have hoods and waist and wrist fastenings to exclude wind, rain and snow. These jackets should fit more snugly so that you can achieve a weather-tight closure at waist and wrist.

For women who are pear-shaped, a jacket with collar and shoulder details can even out the body shape and make you look less bottom heavy, while those with a more angular figure might like to choose a jacket with a belt or a drawstring waist to add curves to their form.

Always choose a colour that works well with the bulk of your wardrobe and if you’re going to be out at night, think about high-visibility jackets or a vest that you can pull on over other clothing so you can be seen by drivers.


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