We may be bias but farm and ranch life is the best life! With that said, when winter arrives, living in the country has its moments. Staying warm while doing chores, working livestock, loading grain, running errands, cheering on hockey games, or just enjoying the great outdoors becomes a top priority. Layering is the key to keeping comfortable during the chilly months, here are a few tips from our experience living on the frigid Canadian prairies!
Layering for Chores
Chores are a daily commitment, no matter the season. When it's cold outside, it's essential to layer effectively to keep warm and maintain productivity.
Base Layer: Start with a moisture-wicking, thermal base layer to keep sweat away from your skin.
Insulating Layer: Add a cozy and insulating mid-layer, like a fleece or down jacket, to trap warmth.
Outer Layer: Finish with a durable, waterproof outer layer to protect against wind and moisture.
Accessories: Don't forget insulated gloves, a warm toque, and waterproof boots for added comfort.
Layering for the Rink
Small town rinks are cold....thats a fact! A fun day at the rink needs a practical and stylish outfit that keeps you warm. Consider these layering tips:
Base Layer: Wear moisture-wicking leggings or long johns to keep your legs warm and dry.
Insulating Layer: Choose a cozy, thick sweater or sweatshirt to keep your upper body warm. Try one of our comfy crew necks!
Outer Layer: Top it off with a puffer jacket or an insulated parka to protect against the cold but still look stylish.
Accessories: A scarf and warm mittens will complete your all day at the rink look.
Layering for Riding
Riding horses in the winter isn't for the faint of heart! It requires careful layering to ensure you're comfortable in the saddle and still feel your fingers and toes when you're done! Follow these tips:
Base Layer: Opt for moisture-wicking, thermal leggings under your jeans (or let's be real here, your carhartt coveralls) to keep your lower body warm and dry.
Insulating Layer: Choose a close-fitting fleece lined, warm sweater to hold in the heat.
Outer Layer: Choose a waterproof warm rated coat to keep the wind and moisture at bay.
Accessories: Wear riding gloves and a large sized wild rag for extra layers to keep you cozy.
Layering for a Trip to Town
When you need to run errands in town or meeting friends for dinner at the bar, you'll want to stay warm without sacrificing style. Here's our tips on how to layer effectively for these occasions:
Base Layer: Start with a stylish turtleneck or thermal top to keep you warm and fashionable.
Insulating Layer: Add a fashionable cardigan or warm vest to layer up in style. Grab one of our extra cozy knit cardigans here.
Outer Layer: Finish with a simple yet stylish longer coat or jacket.
Accessories: Complete your look with a chic scarf, stylish winter boots, and a fashionable toque.
When you live on the Canadian prairies, mastering the art of winter layering is a must. No matter the task at hand, these layering tips will help you stay warm and stylish. Embrace the beauty of winter while enjoying the rural lifestyle you love!
Stay warm, ladies!